English R&B singer-songwriter Sam Smith has had an amazing year that’s owed in great respect to his fans. So it makes perfect sense that he would pay tribute to the millions of people whom he calls “little sailors” (a reference to his song of the same name) by marking himself permanently with a small anchor tattoo on his arm.
Last year, Smith’s album In the Lonely Hour was the second-biggest selling album in the United States. To date, the record has sold over 1.5 million copies. At the 2015 Grammy Awards, he received six nominations and won four of those—Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. And the international pop star is followed by millions on Twitter and Instagram.
Yesterday, those millions of fans who follow Smith on social media were the first to see a picture that he posted displaying the tiny tattoo with the caption “For You, my little sailors.” Today, Smith posted a video on his Instagram showing him in the process of getting the tattoo.