When Zayn Malik tweeted a seemingly random cutout of a lotus flower picture balancing on top of a piano on August 4, rumors began to fly that the newly-single Zayn was planning to use the lotus flower image to cover up his Perrie Edwards portrait tattoo. That rumor turned out to be only partly true though, and when the singer stepped out in Hollywood on August 6, on his way to the Warwick nightclub on Sunset Boulevard, he was sporting a brand-new lotus flower tattoo on his left arm, just above his also-new black and white checkered flag tattoo. Zayn’s lotus flower tattoo is inked in black and gray, and features a delicate-looking lotus that pairs well with his henna-style wrist tattoo and Hindu mandala hand tat.
Plenty of people had harsh words for Zayn Malik when he quit One Direction in pursuit of a life as a “normal 22-year-old,” only to turn around and sign a new record deal as a solo artist, and the Internet was in an uproar a couple of weeks ago, when it came out that the 22-year-old had dumped his fiancé of two years, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, via text message. It’s possible that with his new lotus flower tattoo Zayn Malik is attempting to get a fresh start in life, as the popular tattoo design is typically meant to symbolize rebirth, beauty or a spiritual awakening. This is because the lotus grows out of muddy waters to become a beautiful flower – a metaphor that many people can relate to, even, it seems, celebrities like Zayn Malik.
Whatever the meaning behind Zayn Malik’s tattoo, it’s obvious that the singer is beginning a new chapter of his life, and this chapter will apparently include a brand-new sleeve tattoo to match the full sleeve on his right arm. With his new checkered flag and lotus tattoos on his forearm, which join the older tiger tattoo on his left shoulder, the henna-style tattoo on his wrist, and the Hindu mandala tattoo on his hand, Zayn Malik is well on his way to another full-sleeve, with just a small empty space left on the front of his arm, above his elbow.
With three new Zayn Malik tattoos cropping up in the space of a week, it’s just a matter of time before Zayn is back under the needle, and we can’t wait to find out what tattoo he decides to get next!
A Special thanks to PST fan Aimee Reider for pointing out this tattoo!!