Love Island star Luca Bish’s unique tattoos and the meaning behind them


Hearts, souls and something else beginning with ‘f’ that we probably can’t start an article with were fluttering at the sight of Love Island newbie Luca Bish.

The 23 year old Brighton boy was one of 11 fresh-faced singletons entering the villa during the Love Island launch on Monday, 6 June.

Thanks to a public vote, he found himself coupled up with Paige Thorne, a 24 year old paramedic from Swansea.

But that’s not what got tongues wagging online after Luca made his grand, shirtless entrance.

Fans hopped straight to it with questions surrounding the fishmongers’ many random tattoos; in particular, a 1995 above his navel… despite he himself being born in 1998.

Luca has an array of tattoos on his arms, chest and stomach
Luca has an array of tattoos on his arms, chest and stomach
(Image: ITV)

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One user wrote during an Instagram Q&A: “Why does Luca have 1995 tattooed on him? If he’s 23?”

Another user tweeted: “Luca’s got a 1995 tattoo and says he’s 23 idk I’m not the best at maths but something is sus”, while a second wrote: “can someone pls explain why luca a 23 year old has a 1995 tattoo”.

Many Love Island viewers think the tats are similar to those of popstar Harry Styles, with one saying: “luca having half of harry styles’ tattoos is absolutely SENDING ME”.

A second commented: “what in the harry styles is going on with luca’s tattoos”.

Then again, Luca is taking it as a positive and says it’s the “best thing I’ll ever be compared to.”

Fans questioned the 1995 tattoo on Luca's stomach
Fans questioned the 1995 tattoo on Luca’s stomach

The management team behind Luca’s Instagram account put one of the questions to bed as they confirmed: “Keep getting these messages so let’s clear this up!

“He does in fact know when he was born – it’s for his sister’s year of birth”.

Well then…

Luca was the final pairing as he was voted into a couple with Paige Thorne
Luca was the final pairing as he was voted into a couple with Paige Thorne
(Image: ITV)

Luca has previously explained the meaning behind his “random” tattoos in an interview with and other press.

He said: “My ex was a tattoo artist so I was a bit like her colouring-in book. I was going, ‘Go on then.’

“They’re just very random. I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of meaning for a lot of them but they’re there now.”

Luca admits that some of his tattoos are "random"
Luca admits that some of his tattoos are “random”
(Image: lucabish/Instagram)

When asked whether there were any he didn’t like, he said: “I don’t like [my left] arm. This has got a lion on so people are comparing me to Harry Styles – I think nine times out of 10 people with tattoos have got a bloody lion on.”

He continued: “[My right] arm I like a bit more. It’s got Einstein, Amy Winehouse, Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill.

“There’s a bit more meaning there but all the others I’m a bit of a colouring-in book.”

He refers to himself as a "colouring-in book"
He refers to himself as a “colouring-in book”
(Image: lucabish/Instagram)

Luca says he decided to go on the hit dating show after seeing how many “genuine couples” the show has produced over the years.

He opened up about his reasons for going on for the show, saying: “When you actually look back at Love Island, you can see how many couples it’s genuinely made.

“I don’t know how many kids Love Island has made but there are a few aren’t there?”

He also revealed that he enjoyed being in a relationship, and said: “I came out of a four-year relationship about a year ago.

“I was enjoying being in a relationship, there were just things I didn’t like and we drifted apart.”

Gemma Owen has already caused quite a stir amongst viewers
Gemma Owen has already caused quite a stir amongst viewers
(Image: ITV)

The young heartthrob was on the receiving end of some harsh words by the daughter of footballing legend Michael Owen in last night’s opening show.

And fans were quick to jump to his defence online after Gemma Owen mocked his last name in a “rude” comment.

“I feel like that’s a bit of an unfortunate last name… Bish?” the brunette remarked as others looked at her in shock. “Nah,” she added after re-thinking whether she liked the surname. “Not feeling it”.

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