Sophie Wilkinson | Contributing Editor | Thursday, 27 August 2015

Ed Sheeran’s Tattoo Is Actually Real. So Is Chris Brown’s

Ed Sheeran’s Tattoo Is Actually Real. So Is Chris Brown’s

The Debrief: His massive gingery lion of a chestpiece is here to stay...

Ed Sheeran’s been fooling his fans by tricking them into thinking the massive lion tattooed on his chest was a fake.

The ginger crooner uploaded a photo of his chest piece a couple of weeks ago:


Halfway and ouch

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on Aug 11, 2015 at 2:36am PDT

It was around the time Cecil the Lion was discovered to have been poached, but according to Time magazine, Ed got it to honour England’s football team (the tattoo makes a stronger impression than the men’s team did at their last tournament, but anyway, we digress).

And just yesterday, Ed uploaded an image of himself all bare-chested, showing the tattoo wasn’t there:


Was only joking about the lion

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on Aug 26, 2015 at 4:31am PDT

We stared closely at his beard – bigger in this photo than in the previous one – and tried to work out which one was taken before the other. But then Ed – the joker – revealed that, of course, his tattoo is real, he’d just had make-up put on it for a TV show.


Only joking, covered it up for a TV show didn't I

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on Aug 26, 2015 at 2:41pm PDT


We do sort of wonder what TV show would call for Ed’s chest to be out and for his tattoo to not be seen. We also wonder – maybe too much – if Ed’s tattoo gets ginger hairs sprouting out of it to add to the effect of the orange-hued lion’s mane.

In other slightly related tattoo news, Chris Brown got a head tattoo of the Venus De Milo – an ancient armless statue of a woman found on a Grecian island, widely believed to be a prostitute who spun fabric on the side – the other day.

It’s absolutely real, and he’s since added a bull to it. Right next to it. You can check it out in this photo – that is, if you can tear your eyes away from Chris’ strangely perfect manicure…



I do what the fuck I want! #rockstar #500 #onehellofanight #legendarynights @iamkingrico

A photo posted by @chrisbrownofficial on Aug 26, 2015 at 5:24pm PDT

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Tags: Tattoos, Ed Sheeran