One Direction fans were aflutter on Sunday when a photo of Harry Styles' latest tattoo – a butterfly image on his chest – was released online. The tattoo is the latest in a long line for the singer and his bandmates – click on our photo gallery below to see details.
The boy band may have something of an addiction to tattoos, but they sparked controversy on Saturday when they seemed to encourage their fans to follow suit. The five-piece, which comprises, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Harry posted a message on Twitter and Facebook asking fans to send photos of their 1D tattoos for the chance to appear in their upcoming 3D movie.
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The post was removed following complaints that they were encouraging their younger fans to get tattoos. "The tweet was posted in error and has now been removed," explained One Direction's publicist Simon Jones. "One Direction do not want to encourage any of their fans to get 1D tattoos."
The boy band do seem to encourage each other to get tattoos, however. Zayn Malik may have started the inking craze, but teen heartthrob Harry Styles tops the list with around 30.
Louis recently got a tattoo of a cup of tea that seems to pay tribute to the lyrics from the band’s hit song Little Things, "You can't go to bed without a cup of tea. Maybe that's the reason that you talk in your sleep."
The teacup forms part of the random collection of tattoos on his right arm, and sits above an etching of a the word 'OOPS!', a camera, a large compass and a stickman on a skateboard among others.
Zayn's body art ranges from the words "ZAP!", reportedly standing for Zayn and Perrie Edwards, his Little Mix singer girlfriend, to an image of a microphone on his forearm.
Harry Styles is number one for treating his body like a blank canvas, however, and seems to like pairings. He's inked Greek tragedy and comedy masks on his left side, and "Things I can" on his right forearm against "Thing I can't" on his left. His more random choices include a 99p on his wrist, a "Hi" on his upper left arm and a black lock on his left wrist. He also has a love heart and his sister's name in Hebrow.
Liam Payne is one of the tamer boyband members when it comes to tattoos, favouring slogans such as "Everything I wanted, but nothing that I'll ever need" on his left forearm and "Only time will tell" on his left wrist.
He recently admitted that his mum was not impressed. "My mum went crazy about the whole tattoo idea," he said.
Irish singer Niall Horan has admitted that his attempt at getting "Made in Ireland" tattooed on his bottom was thwarted. A tattoo artist in Los Angeles is reported to have told Niall that he had too much cushioning, advising, "The skin on your arse is too squidgy. It needs to be tight."
Niall laughed it off, replying, "I suspect they did me a favour. It wasn't the best idea in the world."