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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 a press statement[1]

"Tattoo (How 'Bout You)" (also referred to as "Tattoo"), is the sophomore single recorded by In Real Life, released through Hollywood Records on February 2, 2018. It is their first single where Conor Michael 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. Its acoustic version was released on June 22, 2018, with production handled by Matthew Tishler. It serves as the tenth track from their debut studio album, She Do (2019).

Background

"Tattoo" was produced by Louis Schoorl, who co-wrote it with Conor Michael Smith and Mikael Marvin Temrowski. The band made their public announcement over social media on January 25, 2018. They 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 single "Tonight Belongs to You" being the second time. For the celebration of their song, IRL had a release party, performing at Lucky Strike. In an interview, they gave fans tattoos in honor of the song.[5]

Music video

The accompanying music video was uploaded to YouTube on February 14, 2018, directed by Nicholas Lam. 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 with the directors.[8][9] In a Zach Sang Show interview, the band recalled their concern over how the music video originally looked, saying the directors wanted a scene at the end where they surround the girl under a bridge.[10]

Credits and personnel

Song

  • Conor Michael Smith – vocals, writer
  • Louis Schoorl – writer, producer, guitar, percussion, programmer, mixer, recording engineer
  • Mikael Marvin Temorowski – writer
  • Rob Ellmore – engineer
  • Matthew Tishler – producer, programmer, recording engineer (Acoustic)
  • Justin Abedin – guitar (Acoustic)
  • Loren Barton – mixer, recording engineer (Acoustic)
  • Felicia Barton – vocal arranger (Acoustic)

Video

  • Director – Nicholas Lam
  • Producer – Chris Pluchar
  • Production company – Anthem Films
  • Executive producers – Djay Brawner, Blake Greenbaum
  • 1st AD – Ian Van Der Werff
  • Director of photography – Mike Reyes
  • Art director – Matthew Steinbeck
  • Choreographer – Del Mak
  • Colorist – Kris Smale
  • Color grade company – MPC
  • Wardrobe – Shaina Feldman
  • Makeup – Alexandra French
  • Editor – Richard Alarcon
  • Editing company – Sunset Edit
  • Commissioner – Craig Cox
  • Label – Hollywood Records
  • Director's representation – Las Bandas Be Brave

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Lyrics

Original

[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: Michael Conor]
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

Acoustic

[Verse 1: Chance Perez]
Called you up this 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 (ooh)

[Pre-Chorus: Drew Ramos]
'Cause I like the rhythms you play
Melodies making me sway, wanted 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 of this for?
I'm still feeling the same

[Chorus: Sergio Calderon, All]
How 'bout you, (you) you (you)
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do, ooh
How 'bout you, (you) you (you)
'Cause I hate to have to change this tattoo too
Yeah I like the rhythms you play
Melodies making me sway, wanted some more
We were the talk of the day
Should've been up on the stage
How 'bout you, (you) you (you)
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do, ooh

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

[Pre-Chorus: Drew Ramos]
'Cause I like the rhythms you play
Melodies making me sway, wanted 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 of this for?
I'm still feeling the same

[Chorus: Sergio Calderon, All]
How 'bout you, (you) you (you)
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do, ooh
How 'bout you, (you) you (you)
'Cause I hate to have to change this tattoo too
Yeah I like the rhythms you play
Melodies making me sway, wanted some more
We were the talk of the day
Should've been up on the stage
How 'bout you, (you) you (you)
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do, ooh

[Verse 3: Michael Conor]
I'm cuttin' all my distractions
No tats, 'cause baby I don't want no attachments
Maybe this is perfect and I'm overreacting
Or 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're gonna hurt forever
You say maybe we should give it a chance, cancel our plans
I really hope that you understand, it's like

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

[Chorus: Sergio Calderon, Drew Ramos, Brady Tutton, All]
How 'bout you, you (you)
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do, ooh
(I miss the stupid things that we do)
How 'bout you, (you) you (you)
'Cause I hate to have to change this tattoo too (Hate to have to change this tattoo)
Yeah I like the rhythms you play
Melodies making me sway, wanted some more
We were the talk of the day (We were the talk of the day, oh)
Should've been up on the stage
How 'bout you, (how 'bout you?) you (you)
'Cause I miss the stupid things that we do, ooh

References

  1. "IN REAL LIFE Releases New Single TATTOO (HOW 'BOUT YOU)" | TV News Desk. Broadway World. February 2, 2018.
  2. "@InRealLife". Twitter. February 2, 2018.
  3. "@MichaelConor". Twitter. February 1, 2018.
  4. "In Real Life perform single "Tattoo (How 'Bout You)" | Jimmy Kimmel Live!. YouTube. February 2018. Retrieved September 2018.
  5. "The Boys of In Real Life Give Tattoos". The Fangirl Life. February 14, 2018.
  6. @fusetv. Twitter. April 17, 2018.
  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. Twitter. April 17, 2018.
  10. "In Real Life Talks Tattoo (How 'Bout You), Boy Band & Chance's Abs". YouTube. March 5, 2018.
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