Miley Cyrus took to Instagram today to share her latest tattoos - script reading ' LOVE YER BRAIN' for BFF Wayne Coyne (the mind boggles) and a tiny outline of a crescent moon which she dedicates to another 'BFF'. Of course these were inked by none other than Bang Bang (aka: tattoo artist to the stars).
And speaking of Bang Bang, he took to Instagram to share a snap of Cara Delevingne's latest tattoo, a pretty white dove on her index finger. And as if this wasn't tatt-spiration enough, Cara's fellow model and BFF Jourdan Dunn also showcased a new red Pocahontas tribal tatt on her index finger.
When it comes to making Instagram statements, nothing says it quite like a tattoo through a pretty filter. Just ask Selena Gomez who shared a snap of her new inking this week after a very public split from Justin Bieber. The tattoo, written in Arabic, means "love yourself first", suggesting it might be a less-than-subtle message to her ex.
Perhaps she was inspired by Demi Lovato who showed off a 'warrior' tattoo on social media, calling it a tribute to 'overcoming some really, really difficult things in my life'. Or how about Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne who seem to be in a constant tattoo-off after their alleged falling out, sharing shots of their latest designs courtesy of Bang Bang.
Whether sending a message to the world or not, we can't get enough tattoo snaps on Instas, direct from the A-listers themselves. Who could forget when Rihanna documented those painful mehndi-inspired inkings? Or when Poppy Delevingne unveiled her wedding etching? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, tattoos are here to stay (quite literally) so if you're tempted to join the crew, take a look at the most popular trends below...
Tatt-spiration: Ireland Baldwin, Miley Cyrus and Ellie Goulding
Ireland went for an illustration of an arrow stretching across her entire tricep, whereas Miley and Ellie went with more modern graphic arrows – Miley’s on her upper elbow and Ellie’s on her index finger in more unusual white ink.
2. Inside Lip
Tatt-spiration: Miley Cyrus and Kesha
One word: Ouch. This is not for the faint hearted. Miley sports a cute kitty whilst Kesha goes for the shock-factor with the words ‘SUCK IT!’. Yuck.
3. Inspiring Words
Tatt-spiration: Demi Lovato
We need look no further than heavily inked, Demi Lovato, for inspiring words. From ‘Let Go and Let God’ on her feet to ‘Stay Strong’ on her wrists, to ‘Faith’ on her forearm, to ‘Now I’m a warrior’ on her shoulder blade. Demi’s getting all a bit Becks on us – she will run out of space soon.
4. Spiritual Section
Tatt-spiration: Ellie Goulding and Kylie Jenner
From Kylie Jenner’s portrait of Mary, to Ellie’s red Tibetan mantra ‘Om mani padme hum’ which means ‘jewel in the lotus’, the spiritual inking is very popular with the stars. Ms Goulding appears to have a thing about lotus flowers as she also has a graphic interpretation of one on her rib cage.
Tatt-spiration: Rihanna and Jemima Kirke
Brave RihRih had the first parts of this traditional tribal tattoo hammered into her hand. Yikes. Then tattoo artist to the stars, BangBang came and finished off the work in progress.
Tatt-spiration: Cara and Kelly Osbourne, Cara and Jourdan Dunn
First it was Cara and Kelly sealing their friendship with matching hearts on their fingers, then Cara and Jourdan picked identical double D’s on their sides. Then Cara’s ex wifey, Rita Ora, came along and got matchy matchy arrow tattoos with her BFF, Emily. We can’t keep up.
Click through the gallery above to see our pick of the rest of the star's tattoos on Instagram >>