The One Direction boys are counting down to the release of Midnight Memories, but it wasn’t the band’s upcoming album that served as inspiration for Zayn Malik’s new tattoo! On the evening of November 21, 2013, Zayn and Liam were spotted leaving Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Tattoo parlor in Los Angeles with a group of bodyguards in tow, which spurred rumors that the singers may have gotten inked to celebrate the band’s highly-anticipated album. Oh contraire…Zayn did get a brand-new tattoo, but unless Midnight Memories has something to do with a gigantic revolver, Zayn Malik’s tattoo isn’t a tribute to the new 1D album. As for a new Liam Payne tattoo, we haven’t seen one yet!
It comes as no surprise that Zayn has gotten inked again, but the subject matter of the singer’s tattoo has definitely raised some eyebrows. The tattoo is inked in black and white on the pop star’s left side and features a gigantic old-school revolver that appears to be tucked into his waistband. Zayn’s huge gun tat was inked by the Shamrock Tattoo shop’s Louis F. Perez III, who posted a pic of the controversial ink online for the world to see. Perez captioned the pic of Zayn’s tattoo: “Made sure my homey was strapped.” Although Zayn has dozens of tattoos covering his body, this cowboy-style gun tattoo is definitely one of the largest, reaching from his left ribcage down to his waist.
Zayn hasn’t revealed the meaning behind his revolver ink yet, but he isn’t the only pop star to get a controversial gun tattoo. Back in 2009, Rihanna revealed a tiny gun tat on her ribcage, which wouldn’t have been such a big deal except that it was inked in the midst of the assault charges filed against former boyfriend Chris Brown. Plenty of people slammed RiRi for her gun tattoo, but the singer defended the ink, saying, “Everybody wanted to know what was happening in my life. Is she a drug addict? No. Is she an alcoholic? No. Is she a victim? No.” For her, the gun tattoo was a symbol of strength. It’s possible that Zayn Malik’s gun tattoo is also a symbol of strength, or just to prove how badass he is…
Zayn, Liam and their One Direction bandmates are currently in the United States promoting their new Midnight Memories album, which is set to be released on November 25, and the guys seem pretty pumped about the follow-up to 2012’s hit, Take Me Home. When Zayn and Liam were spotted leaving the L.A. tattoo parlor, most people assumed they got new tattoos as a tribute to the band’s highly-anticipated album. Well, there’s little chance that Zayn’s revolver tattoo has anything to do with Midnight Memories, but there’s still a possibility that Liam may have gotten an album-inspired tat! Stay tuned to get the inside scoop on all of One Direction’s tattoos!