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― "Tattoo (How 'Bout You)" is a special song to us. It's catchy, but it's also about wanting to protect your heart and not get too attached to someone if they're not fully into it."[[Conor Smith in the BWWMusic interview, February 16, 2018[1]|[src]]]


"Tattoo (How 'Bout You)" (also referred to as "Tattoo"), is the second single recorded by In Real Life, released on February 2, 2018 through Hollywood Records. It is the first single where Conor Smith writes his own rap verse.[2][3] "Tattoo" reached #29 on the Billboard pop charts, and was streamed more than a million times on Spotify. It is the tenth track from their debut album, She Do.

Background

The band made their official announcement on January 25, 2018, over their social media. The music video was uploaded on February 14, 2018. On June 22, 2018, the acoustic version was released.

In Real Life performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live![4] and in many of their performances. It was featured on A-List: Pop Videos for Apple Music, their other single "Tonight Belongs to You" being the second time. For the celebration of their song, In Real Life had a release party, performing at Lucky Strike. In an interview, they gave fans tattoos in honor of the song.[5]

The song is about relationships, a tattoo symbolizing permanence. They want to stay with the girl and make it work, despite her secretly cheating on all of them.[6][7] In the end, the main message [in the video] depicts that they don't need to chase after the same girl when it just causes heartache.

The location was filmed in downtown Los Angeles, and was one of the first videos In Real Life got to work on together in the band, having the ability to work with the directors.[8][9] In a Zach Sang Show interview, the band recalled their concern over how the music video had originally looked, saying the directors wanted a scene at the end where they surround the girl under a bridge.[10]

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Chance Perez]
Called you up last time I thought I'd be your shelter
You left me standing at your door
Kept you off my mind last weekend but it felt worse
Now I'm back outside once more

[Pre-Chorus: Drew Ramos]
'Cause I like the rhythms you play
Melodies makin' me sway
Wantin' some more
We were the talk of the day
Should've been up on the stage, not on the floor
Something just pulled you away
Happened in front of my face
What's all this for?
I'm still feeling the same

[Chorus: All]
How bout you?
You
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do-o
How 'bout you?
You
'Cause I'd hate to have to change this tattoo too
Yeah I like the rhythms you play
Melodies makin' me sway
Wantin' some more
We were the talk of the day
Should've been up on the stage
How 'bout you?
You
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do-o

[Verse 2: Brady Tutton]
Always seems to have some questions for your answers
How could you act so carelessly?
Your reasons don't add up, you're such a little actor
See I give you all my thoughts for free

[Pre-Chorus: Drew Ramos]
'Cause I like the rhythms you play
Melodies makin' me sway
Wantin' some more
We were the talk of the day
Should've been up on the stage, not on the floor
Something just pulled you away
Happened in front of my face
What's all this for?
I'm still feeling the same

[Chorus: All]
How bout you?
You
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do-o
How bout you?
You
'Cause I'd hate to have to change this tattoo too
Yeah I like the rhythms you play
Melodies makin' me sway
Wantin' some more
We were the talk of the day
Should've been up on the stage
How bout you?
You
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do-o

[Verse 3: Conor Smith]
Uh, cutting all my distractions
No tasks 'cause baby I don't want no attachments
Maybe this is perfect and I'm overreacting
But maybe I'm just missing something I haven't had yet
How 'bout you?
You really think that we could work together
But if it don't last you gonna hurt forever
You say maybe we should give it a chance
Cancel our plans and really hope that you understand, it's like

[Bridge: Sergio Calderon]
Called you up last time I thought I'd be your shelter
You left me standing at your door
Kept you off my mind last weekend but it felt worse
Now I'm back outside once more

[Chorus: All]
How 'bout you?
You
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do-o
How bout you?
You
'Cause I'd hate to have to change this tattoo too
Yeah I like the rhythms you play
Melodies makin' me sway
Wantin' some more
We were the talk of the day
Should've been up on the stage
How bout you?
You
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do-o

Music Video

In_Real_Life_-_Tattoo_(How_'Bout_You)_(Official_Video)

In Real Life - Tattoo (How 'Bout You) (Official Video)

Videos

Performances

Download/Streaming

References

  1. "IN REAL LIFE Releases New Single TATTOO (HOW 'BOUT YOU)" | TV News Desk. Broadway World. February 2, 2018.
  2. @InRealLife (February 2, 2018) — via Twitter.
  3. @MichaelConor (February 1, 2018) — via Twitter.
  4. "In Real Life perform single "Tattoo (How 'Bout You)" | Jimmy Kimmel Live!. February 2018. Retrieved September 2018.
  5. "The Boys of In Real Life Give Tattoos". The Fangirl Life.
  6. @fusetv (April 17, 2018) — via Twitter.
  7. "“Boy Band” Winner In Real Life Wants To Know Who’s DTF In “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” Music Video". oceanUp. February 15, 2018.
  8. Tremblay Magazine May 2018 Issue. Tremblay Magazine.
  9. @fusetv (April 17, 2018) — via Twitter.
  10. "In Real Life Talks Tattoo (How 'Bout You), Boy Band & Chance's Abs". Zach Sang Show. March 5, 2018.
v eDiscography
Albums
Singles
Eyes Closed · Tattoo (How 'Bout You) · How Badly · Tonight Belongs to You · Got Me Good · Crazy AF · Somebody Like You · Hurt for Long · California Christmas
EPs
Feel This Christmas ⧸ I'll Be Home For Christmas
Covers
Amnesia · Despacito · Drag Me Down · Finesse · Good Things Fall Apart · Havana · Jealous · Mirrors · That's What I Like · The Show Goes On · Viva La Vida
Other
Unreleased
Someone Like You
Collaborations/Featured
Carry On · How Much
Raps/Remixes
Do or Die · Lucky You · My Love
Solo Songs
Hold You Down · How Long · Lighten Up · My Dawgs · Not Sorry · Let's Runaway · No Regrets · Shine · Sometimes · Want You To Know
Solo Covers
18 · 7 Years · A Puro Dolor · All of Me · All of the Stars · Beautiful · Boyfriend · Can't Stop the Feeling! · Cold · Cold Water · Cool · Darte un Beso · El Proximo Viernes · Familiar · Flicker · Get You · Hallelujah · I'm So Tired... (Undecided) · I Feel It Coming · If I Could Fly · Lay Me Down · Let It Go · Little Red Corvette · Moneda · Night Changes · No Me Doy por Vencido · Say You Won't Let Go · Sing · Soarin · Stay · Sweet Creature · This Town · Three Empty Words · We Don't Talk Anymore · Ya Me Enteré · Youth
Boy Band
Stand by Me · A Little More · Somebody to Love · Stay with Me · On Bended Knee · That's What I Like · Stay · There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back · Despacito · Rolling in the Deep · Don't Let Me Down · Uptown Girl · Livin' on a Prayer · True Colors · Can't Take My Eyes Off You · Earned It · How Far I'll Go · I Don't Want to Miss a Thing · See You Again · Since U Been Gone · Without You · Jealous · Titanium · Fighter · The Edge of Glory · Shape of You · I'm Not the Only One · Pillowtalk · Can't Hold Us · Man in the Mirror
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