Most pop stars love their fans. Many even have special pet names for their loyal supporters: the ‘directioners’ are rabid One Direction fans, Justin Bieber has his ‘beliebers’, and Lady Gaga thinks very highly of her ‘little monsters’, but what about our very own Sam Smith?
Sam’s Legion of Loyal Fans
The 22 year old Grammy Award winning singer is clearly very fond of his loyal fans. In fact Sam is so happy to have such a wonderful network of fans that he decided to have a tattoo inked on his arm in tribute to them. The small inking is of an anchor. Isn’t this a bit random, we hear you say?
Okay, so Popeye the Sailor Man had a few anchors on his biceps, but this particular tattoo is not exactly huge. In fact it is actually quite sweet and small, which is just as well because Sam reportedly grimaced a lot with the pain of having it inked on his arm.
“My Little Sailors”
Sam shared a snap of the new tattoo on Instagram and added the caption: ‘for you, my little sailors’, which is where the anchor reference comes from. He also showed off a necklace in the shape of a small anchor with two swallows, telling his fans they have filled a big gap in his life: “I used to yearn to fall in love,” he says. Now he has his fans. Personally we think we’d rather have a little love in our lives, but hey, if Sam prefers his fans, that’s cool.
Why the Reference to Little Sailors?
If you are a Sam Smith super fan you will probably know the answer to this question, but for the rest of you, here it is. The sailor bit refers to a song Sam wrote before he found fame and riches on the music industry. The song was called Little Sailor and the lyrics were all about his struggles to break into the industry:
‘Hold on little sailor. It will be alright. I know you’ll be braver, best behaviour tonight. We got so close to the fame and the lights. Watching the stars tonight. Little Sailor, let’s sail tonight.’
Sam is currently touring Down Under. Tickets for his shows have sold out and were being touted for $300 in some quarters. His current single is riding high at No 1 in the Australian charts and he has sold more than five million copies of his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, so life is good for Mr Smith.
What Other Tattoos Does Sam Smith Have?
Celebrities are well known for having weird and wonderful tattoos and Sam Smith is no exception. His first tattoo was a plane. The story goes that he was 18, drunk and in Malia having just stepped off a plane, so he got a tattoo to commemorate the occasion. Hmm. His next tattoo was of an ice cream. There’s nothing wrong with ice cream – we love it – but Sam told MTV he doesn’t even like the stuff. And finally, Sam has two special symbols on his fingers, but he refuses to say why.
Let’s hope Sam enjoys the rest of his tour Down Under, and if he gets any more tattoos, we’ll be sure to let you know!