On June 29, 2013, The Sun published a photo of One Direction’s Zayn Malik with the massive tattoo that he got on his right arm. The tattoo is an illustration of a young woman whom the tattoo artist said is inspired by Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, who has been dating Malik since April 2012. Based on reactions on the Internet, most people seem to think that Malik will regret getting the tattoo since they think that Malik (who is 20) and Edwards (who is 19) will eventually break up.
One Direction came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010. Little Mix was the winner of “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011. Both groups were formed on “The X Factor” U.K. by putting together contestants who originally auditioned as solo singers. One Direction and Little Mix are also signed to the same record company (Syco Music) and the same management company (Modest! Management).
Four of the five members of One Direction have tattoos: Malik, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have gotten significant ink on their bodies since 2012. Niall Horan is the only member of the group who has resisted the peer pressure in One Direction to get tattoos. As previously reported, an insider told me that Malik and Styles are “definitely addicted to getting tattoos,” and the two singers are very competitive with each other about the tattoos that they get.
Malik reportedly got the Edwards-inspired tattoo on June 24, 2013, at Tattooed Heart Studios in Glen Burnie, Md., while One Direction was in the area for the group’s 2013 world tour. Tomlinson and Payne were at the tattoo parlor as well.
Tattooed Heart Studios artist John Garancheski, who gave Malik the Edwards-inspired tattoo, told MTV News: “That was pretty fun times on Monday night. It didn’t really hit me right away … They were so casual and they were such nice guys. They were super cool. So they came in and they had a couple ideas of what they wanted to get done. And Louis and Zayn were the ones who actually ended up getting tattoos. Liam had some ideas, I think, but he wasn’t super-committed. He went and kicked around town.”
Garancheski, who said it took him about two hours to do Malik’s tattoo, told MTV News that Malik wanted the Edwards-inspired tattoo to be “like a comic caricature kind of thing. He wasn’t pushy. He was like ‘I really want this and I’d like you to do it.’ He showed me a picture of his girlfriend, Perrie, and he was like ‘I kind of want it to look like her, but not to be her, to kind of be like a comic-style version of her.
“I wouldn’t say that I treated the artwork creation process different than I would for anybody just because I always want to put my best foot forward,” he explained. “At the same time I think it added an extra little bit of edge to it [given how little time we had].”
As for Malik and Edwards’ relationship, no one really knows how long it’s going to last, but the odds are against them being together for the rest of their lives. For starters, they both have busy careers that keep them apart for months. Secondly, their young ages make it unlikely that they can sustain the relationship. Most people do not end up marrying the boyfriend or girlfriend they had when they were 19 or 20. Last but not least, fame could ultimately have a negative impact on their relationship, since young celebrities under age 25 who date each other rarely have a relationship that lasts for more than five years.
In January 2013, Malik and Edwards weathered a sex scandal when an Australian waitress named Courtney “CJ” Webb gave a tabloid interview claiming that she had a one-night stand with Malik in his London home on Jan. 23, 2013, while Edwards was away on tour with Little Mix. Edwards and Malik never publicly talked about the scandal. There were tabloid reports that Edwards was very angry with Malik for the first few days after the scandal broke, but whatever problems the couple went through when the tabloid story was published, they were seen acting like happy lovebirds less than two weeks later.
Most people on the Internet who’ve been commenting on Malik’s Edwards-inspired tattoo have said the tattoo is a bad idea that Malik will eventually regret. The size of the tattoo and the fact that it’s on one of his arms would make it very difficult to remove or alter.
Even teen-idol singer Conor Maynard, who is friendly with the guys in One Direction, told Bang Showbiz that Malik’s girlfriend-inspired tattoo is a mistake: “It’s a dangerous game doing that because if they break up. If he truly believes they’re going to be together forever then fair enough. If I got a tattoo I’d take on the whole fact that it’s on you for the rest of your life. Unless you got it removed, which isn’t the best thing.
“I’d only get something if I was 100 percent sure. It has to mean something too. I don’t really like it when you see tattoos and you’re like, ‘Oh what does that mean? Oh, it’s just that.’”
Here is a sampling of Internet comments about Malik’s Edwards-inspired tattoo:
“Zayn got a tattoo of Perrie. WTF is happening. If they don’t stay together until they die, he’s gonna regret this.”
“Zayn got a tattoo of Perrie. Lets all remember tattoos are forever. Be calm. Deep breathes. I am not freaking out.”
“Does zayn not realize that the perrie tattoo is permanent and its gonna be so awkward when the break up.”
“I cannot believe Zayn got a tattoo of Perrie.”
“Personally i don’t like zayn’s new perrie tattoo.”
From The Sun’s online comments section:
“The cartoon inking looks noffin’ like her.”
“Are the One Direction Boys inking each other? Their tattoos are dreadful! Very unprofessional looking. They are sooooo guna regret the mess they have done to their bodies. Harry Styles has ruined himself. What on earth is wrong with au natural? If you want to make a statement get it printed on a t-shirt!”
“It is an insult to the tattoo industry those people called those scratches ‘Tattoos’. More like jail tattoos.”
“Stop getting silly tattoo, it wont last and your end up getting it covered. Instead of getting a tatt here or put it there you should of get a set piece what done the whole arm.”
“Would be funny when he breaks up with her.”
“In 10, 20 and 30 years time when they’re talking about this ‘beautiful’ tattoo to their kids/grand kids, they’ll load up all these comments and laugh at u ppl… Who’ll be regretting their actions then Hope all your faces are egg proof… Or he’ll cheat again, they’ll break up and he’ll have something else tattooed over it which will look equally sh*te.. Either or :)”
“What an absolute plonker! Seriously a cartoon character of your girl that looks like a 5 year old drew it? Couldn’t look more like a chav.”
“The only way he could look any cooler is if he got a pin up of Simon Cowell.”
“Lol what a tool! The youth of today eh. Tats are and always will be ugly. There are other ways to express yourself.”
“These kids think tattoos make them look all hard and manly.”
“It will end soon.”
“He is too good looking for her. He could do better than her.”
“What a complete and utter fool. Well done!”
“At least he was smart enough to leave some space upon the beautiful tat – to be filled with the word ‘regret’ later…”
“That has to be the worst inking of the year so far, it looks like my 4 year old niece did it !”
“Ugly girl tattood on his arm …what an idiot”
“And why in the tattoo is she wearing a miners hat?
“Its his body he can do what he wants and if he loves her let him do it.”
“I doubt this relationship will last, their far too young! He’s still just a kid, he’ll regret that when they break up…”
“Oh dear, dear me! What HAS he done? Why didn’t anyone stop him? He can’t have a true friend in the world. What will he do when they split up in one years time? He can’t be too smart to have done that. Give me strength.”
“You know what this proves more than anything, having all that money makes you lose touch with all reality. If he was Zayn the supermarket worker, he wouldn’t even entertain the idea.”
“Cheap ass tattoos!”
“What a knacker…..no doubt that tat will be covered up in about a year, mark my words!”
“Do like Zayn, he seems to have a good attitude to life, but why all the tats, especially one of your girlfriend…..it’;s permanent dude!, the girl more than likely isn’t!”
“What a prize plonker….doesnt he know they are permanent???..dont think so..odds on he wont be with her in 10 yrs time..never mind 50!!!!”
“I would never have a girls named tattooed on me let alone a freaking picture of her what a tool.”
“What a muppet good luck getting that removed when you split up.”
“Whats brave about lying there and paying a load of money to let someone scrat a load of graffiti on your brave – sounds gormless to me, but not brave.”
“Just as well he’s not going out with jesy her face wouldn’t fit on his arm!!!! What an idiot. Doesn’t he realise tattoos are forever.”
“Laughable really…hes a cheat so he gets a tattoo to prove he loves perry – idea…how about you just keep it in your trousers.”
“Has any member of One Direction ever got a good tattoo? With the kind of money they have, surely they should be using the best tattooists, ones who could say “Hmmm, ok, you COULD get that, but wouldn’t you rather choose something that wont look so ******* dreadful?”
“The biggest and most stupid prat in pop music, (joint with Bieber, obviously). Silly little pop artist trying to look the big man.”
“What a daft idea! How long will it take him to regret it? Even if they do live happily ever after the tattoo looks awful. I can’t imagine she would be too happy to see it either. An ex of mine had my name tattooed on him in massive letters and I went beserk! We didn’t last and now the idiot can’t afford to cover it up!”
“So after the picture was taken did he peal it off and stick it in his pocket, i mean it looks as fake as the whole relationship.”