Adam Levine might have started out as the frontman for the pop-rock band, Maroon 5, but he has transcended the status of a musician and onto the realms of a modern sex symbol.
His legendary tattoos are an intrinsic part of his image. Adam has more than two dozen tattoos etched on his skin forever. Some tattoos are purely aesthetic, while some hold a deeply personal meaning to the Maroon 5 frontman.
In this list, we look at the various tattoos adorning the 40-year-old and the meaning and symbolism behind some of them.
Skull-Cradling Winged Mermaid Covering Entire Back
The Holy Grail of all Adam's tattoos is this elaborate piece that covers the entirety of Adam's back.
The artwork features a mermaid-angel cradling a skull superimposed over a detailed background with biblical elements. Words cannot do the art justice!
The entire work took six months to complete and was crafted by Adam's favorite tattoo artist, Bryan Randolph.
The Number "222" On Left Forearm
The tattoo on his left forearm reads 222. The ink commemorates the room number of the recording studio where Maroon 5 had their first recording.
Guitar On The Outside Of Left Arm
One of the more noticeable ones, Adam has a giant guitar tattooed on the outside of his left arm. The tattoo celebrates Adam's reverence of the instrument. Aside from singing, Adam can also play the guitar.
Paw Print On Right Shoulder Blade
The paw print tattooed on Adam's right shoulder holds a deeply personal meaning to him. The tattoo, complete with "Frankie Girl" written beneath it, is in memory of his golden retriever dog that passed away. Adam is an avid animal lover and a noted animal rights activist.
The piece is now covered by the giant Mermaid tattoo.
Pinup Model On Left Shoulder Blade
Another piece that got covered by the extensive mermaid tat is the pinup model on his right shoulder blade.
Tiger On Right Elbow
It would be hard to miss the giant tiger on the outside of Adam's right arm. Almost covering all of his right arms, the crouching tiger is another nod to his love for animals.
He got the inspiration from looking at books with Tibetan drawings.
Eagle Across Abdomen
Adam has a sprawling eagle etched across the front of his abdomen.
The decorative eagle is representative of courage.
Sanskrit Script Below Right Collarbone
Adam has a Sanskrit word right above where his heart is. The word reads "Tapas" in Sanskrit and can be translated to mean meditation through penance, asceticism, meditation, and self-discipline.
Dove And Cherry Blossoms On Left Arm
Adam's earliest tattoos are also one of his most personal. Adam got the dove and cherry blossoms tattoo when he was 21, in memoriam of the people who lost their lives in the terror attacks of 9/11.
In an interview with People, Adam said of the tattoo:
"This was my first tattoo. I was 21. It was five days after 9/11. I felt this need to say something with this peaceful thing on my body."
Roman Numeral "X" On Left Bicep
Adam got the roman numeral X tattooed on his left bicep to commemorate ten years spent with his band Maroon 5.
His time as the frontman for the pop-rock band, Maroon 5, jump-started his career and laid down the foundation upon which Adam built his transcendent legacy.
Heart With The Word "Mom" On Right Forearm
The heart with a ribbon reading "Mom" etched on his right forearm is fairly self-explanatory. Ever the doting son, Adam got this personal piece as an homage to his mother- who famously hates tattoos.
Adam credits his upbringing, especially his mother, for fostering a love for music that he has not grown out of. He also credits his mother's musical tastes- The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, and the like- for shaping his musical style.
Decorative Rose On Left Shoulder
Adam's incredible left sleeve tattoo collection is complete with a decorative rose on his left shoulder.
"Los Angeles" On Right Shoulder And "California" On Stomach
Though he has reached the highest of highs, Adam remembers his roots. The Los Angeles-native has two tattoos paying homage to the city that gave him so much. The tattoos reading "Los Angeles" is etched on his right shoulder and "California" on his lower stomach.
When asked about his "Los Angeles" tattoo, Adam had this to say:
“Simple case of hometown love. Not many people were born and raised in L.A. Gotta wear that badge of pride.”
Shark On Lower-Right Ribs
The gnarly beast adorns Adam's lower-right rib region. The tattoo puts to rest the rumors that Adam is petrified of shark. On the contrary, Adam has said that he adores the beast.
“I’ve always had a strange fascination with sharks. I actually think they are the most fascinating creatures on Earth. I guess the tattoo had something to do with that.”
Sun And Flower On Right Peck
On Adam's right peck rests an artwork of the Sun surrounded by a collage flower.
Black Beaded Necklace Around Throat
Adam has this conspicuous piece resembling a beaded necklace around his throat. He decided to get the tattoo during his stay in Japan without rhyme or reason.
"I was in Japan and I got this necklace. I’m not sure why I got it — I think I was bored. But I like it.”
True Love Gypsy Hand On Chest
This eastern-style tattoo of a gypsy hand holding a rose with the words "True Love" emblazoned on the hand adorns Adam's chest.
True Love On Knuckles
Adam also has the words "True Love" emblazoned on his knuckles.
The tattoo shows dedication to his wife, Victoria Secret supermodel, Behati Prinsloo.
"'You're So Cool' times 3" In Cursive On Right Bicep
Speaking of Adam's dedication to his wife Behati, the couple got matching tattoos of the words "'You're So Cool' times 3" in cursive writing after they got married.
Adam got the tattoo done on his right bicep while Behati got it on the right side of her ribs.
Lion On Lower Abs
The Lion that sits on Adam's lower ribs is symbolic. A lion represents courage and regality.
Considering Adam is rock royalty, the tattoo is appropriate.
Butterfly On Lower-Left Abdomen
The Butterfly tattoo on his lower-left abdomen is both aesthetically pleasing and carries a metaphorical symbolism.
The butterfly represents faith, transformation, and freedom.
Female Centaur Face On Lower-Right Abdomen
The female centaur face represents barbarism and chaos.
D.R. In Old English Font On Chest
The D.R. on Adam's chest is the abbreviation of Dusty Rose, Adam's daughter with wife Behati.
Born on September 21, 2016, Dusty Rose is immortalized on Adam's skin.
Noah Levine Across Upper-Left Rib
Not to be confused with Noah Levine: the Buddhist teacher and philosopher, the name Noah Levine is actually Adam's middle and last name combined.
Cupid On Right Peck
Adam also got a tattoo of Cupid, the Latin god of desire, attraction, and love on his right peck.