Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen tattoos: From Olivia's underboob ink to Alex's huge buddha design, the Love Island stars' most recognisable tattoos and their sentimental meaning

Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen are both big fans of tattoos

Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen are both big fans of tattoos [Getty]

Alex Bowen and Olivia Buckland met just over a year ago on Love Island 2016.

The couple, who are now engaged, bonded over many things in the villa, and their love of tattoos was one of them.

Recently, the former scaffolder made a declaration of love to his bride-to-be by inking a portrait of her on his leg.

While the meaning of the huge tattoo is quite obvious, the couple have many more tattoos with secretive sentimental meanings.

Olivia Buckland’s tattoos

Olivia Buckland

Olivia Buckland looked incredible for the KISS Halloween party showing off her famous underboob tattoo [Wenn]

Most iconically, Olivia, 23, has an underboob tattoo which she loves flaunting in crop tops and bikinis. 

The design looks like a lotus flower with lace and jewels hanging down.

The lotus flower tattoo has deep religious, mythological and cultural meanings, but in simple terms can symbolises purity and harmony.

She also has the Greek theatre mask of comedy and tragedy on her left hip, which depicts both a happy face mask and a sad face.

Olivia has the Greek theatre tattoo on her hip/thigh

Olivia has the Greek theatre tattoo on her hip/thigh [Instagram]

The image originates from the comic and tragic muses, Melpomene and Thalia, of ancient Greek dramas, and is suppose to symbolise the two human conditions, sorrow and happiness, this meaning translates when used for a tattoo design.

Alex Bowen’s tattoos

As well as his tribute to Olivia, the MVMNT creator has plenty more symbolic ink designs too. 


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Tuning into his spiritual side, Alex, 25 has a large Buddha inked across his chest.

Alex and Olivia both have sizeable tattoos

Alex and Olivia both have sizeable tattoos [Instagram]

As well as the obvious religious symbols, the particular Buddha image of choice (peaceful, eyes closes) represents transcendent over material matter and a meditative mind, much like Olivia’s biggest design.

One of his other favourite tattoos includes a lion roaring on his hand. He previously told the Birmingham Mail: “My favourite tattoo is the lion that I got on my hand. My mum didn’t find out until she saw me on Love Island.

“On the last week she came in and the first thing she did was grab my hand and said ‘What have you done that for?’ and I knew I was in trouble.”

The design means strength and power, with the lion being the king of the jungle.

Couple tattoos

Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen get matching tattoos

Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen have matching tattoos [Olivia Buckland/Instagram]

The duo have matching tattoos, too. 

Alex has a K and a heart simple for King Of Hearts, and Olivia has the Q alongside the symbol. Isn’t that cute?

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