Maluma Reveals the Meaning Behind His Tattoos, Says Face Tats Are 'Too Much' for Him

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Maluma poses during rehearsals for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 18, 2018 in New York City.

Maluma is known in the music biz as the “pretty boy, dirty boy” for his sexy features and bad boy tattoos. If you’ve ever wondered what his tattoos mean, here’s what we know: His tats are a tribute to his family, his spirituality and his first horse.

In a video posted by GQ, the Colombian singer opened up about some of his tattoos and the special meaning behind them. “I’ve always been open-minded since I was very young,” he said of his first tat at age 14, which is his stage name on his left leg. For those who don’t know, the name Maluma -- born Juan Luis Londoño Arias -- is a tribute to his family: mom (MArgie), dad (LUis) and sister (MAnuela).

He then talked about the sleeve on his left arm, which was done by a very close friend of his in Bogota. His left arm includes the name of his first album Magia, an owl that represents wisdom and protection, and his first big tattoo, Buddha. “I’m Catholic, but I love taking the best thing of every religion,” he said.

His right arm, which is in the works by a tattoo artist in Miami, has his horse, Hercules; a rose that signifies respect for women; and four elephants that represent his family. “I want to remind them that even if they [his parents] are divorced, we have to keep together,” he said.

One of his favorite tattoos is the lion he has on the left side of his chest because it represents the strength he needed when he was going through difficult times at a young age.

As for face and neck tattoos, the “Felices Los 4” singer admits that they are “too much” and “hard-core.” Watch the full video below.