- Taylor Swift debuts a new back tattoo in her new 'You Need To Calm Down' music video
- Here we unpack the secret meaning behind Taylor's butterfly and snake design
Taylor Swift is the undisputed kween of Easter Eggs and secret references, and her new 'You Need To Calm Down' music video is no exception.
In case you haven't already seen it, Taylor's latest music vid is chocker block full of queer celeb cameos and symbolism (which Twitter is currently having a field day unpacking).
One detail of the video that's gone relatively unnoticed, however, is Tay's giant new back tattoo. Yep, you read that right - T-Swizzle debuted some seriously hectic ink in the clip, and I, for one, am very into it.
In the opening sequence, Tay takes off her hot pink fur jacket to reveal a not-so-subtle (read: bloody massive) back tattoo starting at the middle of her back and stretching all the way up to her shoulders. The bold design features a snake alongside and tonne of butterflies - it's pretty hard to miss, tbh:
While this is almost definitely a temporary tattoo, the point is, there's a reason for it - and that's what we're here to discuss.
If you cast your mind back to Taylor's Reputation album, you will recall that snakes were literally everywhere. For those playing at home, the snake reference came from the whole Kanye West/'Famous' ~drama~, when Kim Kardashian released 'receipts' of Taylor supposedly agreeing to Kanye's controversial lyrics about her, on National Snake Day.
Since then, Tay's famously reclaimed the snake motif, with fans now associating the animal with her pop culture comeback.
So, what do the butterflies mean? Good question.
Butterflies symbolise hope, change and resurrection - which pretty accurately sums up the messaging of T-Swizzle's new album, Lover.
A closer look at the tattoo and the design's layout also speaks volumes. The snake, positioned towards the bottom of the tatt, implies that is now in the past, whereas the butterflies towards the top imply that Tay is now coming out the other side of a metamorphosis, representing the start of a newer, brighter time in her life.
When you listen carefully to the lyrics of 'You Need To Calm Down', you can also hear Tay reference how she's overcome the snake drama:
"snakes and stones never broke my bones"
So there you have it. The snake and butterfly tattoo unpacked in all it's unexpectedly inspiring glory.
The only question still remaining is, is the tattoo actually real?
Hmmmm, guess we'll just have to wait for Tay's next red carpet event to find out for sure.
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