Ed Sheeran has long been a fan of large and colourful tattoos, but his latest one has definitely caused a few gasps of disbelief among fans.
The Thinking Out Loud singer took to Instagram yesterday to show off his new ink, which he says is only "halfway" done. What has he gone for this time? A giant lion's head… right in the centre of his chest.
This addition to his collection has us thinking Ed might be aiming for a full body tattoo sleeve somewhere down the line.
Some politically minded commenters suggested Ed's new ink could be a tribute to Cecil, the lion whose killing by dentist Walter Palmer caused global outrage, but Ed has confirmed that's not the case. Speaking to the BBC a few weeks back, the singer said he had chosen a lion's head – the England football team's logo – to commemorate his trio of sold-out gigs at Wembley Stadium.
"Originally I was going to get the floor plan tattooed on my side, but that seemed a bit ridiculous," he explained.
This won't be the first time Ed has chosen a tattoo design based on a meaningful time in his life, of course.
Other tatts in his huge collection include a teddy bear (his childhood nickname was 'Teddy'), Damien Rice’s signature (taken from 11-year-old Ed's autograph book), a snow flake (to mark his 2012 tour with Snow Patrol), the word ‘Red’ (to commemorate his time on Taylor Swift's Red tour) and jigsaw puzzle pieces (his close friends have corresponding pieces on their own arms).
We can't wait to see Ed's new inking all finished!