Katy Perry took to Instagram yesterday to show off yet another inking, this time on her right ring finger. What better way to celebrate her once-in-a-lifetime Super Bowl (the 49th in history) performance than a tattoo in Roman numerals translating as 49?!
As Katy herself wrote: 'I thought it would be appropriate to draw blood tonight... XLIX'. Ms Perry is certainly no stranger to the tattoo gun with kitsch body art ranging from a smiley peppermint sweet to a strawberry to a Hello Kitty face. And that's not counting the word 'Jesus' and outline of a lotus flower on her wrists. Phew.
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 A-list looks 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 >>