Zayn returned to Instagram after a two-month sabbatical with this captionless set of photos and took the internet by storm.
Fisherman Zayn looks healthy and happy and is sporting a pair of Levi’s Mario Overalls….uh…okay, sir. 🤣 I wonder if he specifically looked up Mario overalls and wanted a pair, or if he just happened to stumble upon them and couldn’t resist. Haha
Moving on. Right away everyone spotted two new additions to his ever-expanding, full-body tattoo collection! One on the outer edge of his ear, and another along his chiseled jawline.
I do wonder what this could possibly say. It’s super quirky and it’s beginning to grow on me. (Plus he was careful to get it where his beard would cover it if ever he wanted.)
I also really adore the new ear tattoo. I can see myself getting one of these, tbh. It has the same effect as an upper-ear earring, but without the maintenance. (Thanks for the idea Zayn!)
These latest acquisitions have generated countless ink-related concerns across social media, in which fans debate what exactly the text on his jawline says, and whether or not his next visit to the flesh modification and pain kink shop will include a full-on face tattoo (which will undoubtedly involve Harry’s likeness, duh.)
Yes, the oh-so-innocent and romantic and juvenile ritual that he and Harry shared in 2011/2012 has now spiraled into a shameless adulthood obsession, in which the concepts and placements of these ink injections are becoming increasingly more strange (and worrying.)
Harry is the king of getting meaningless, bizarrely placed text tattoos, and now Zayn joins him with this indecipherable scroll on his jawline, which is beginning to encroach on the money-maker (his face) and many of his fans are strongly adverse. They’ve feared a face tattoo from Zayn ever since he pranked them in 2016 and presented a temporary temple tattoo as the real deal.
Zayn’s dalliance with face tattoos is becoming more and more of a reality whether we approve of it or not. As he uses up every available space on his body, he will eventually be left with no choice but to mar his flawless forehead, which is hilarious to me.
It all just feels rather inevitable, unless he gets his tattoo addiction under control, or starts lasering off some of the awful old ones to free up space. Please start with those huge black wings and that awkward chest piece featuring Gigi’s eyes which has turned more than a few stomachs since it’s revelation in 2018.
Perhaps surprisingly, I’m a big fan of tattoos and I tend to really love quirky ones, like Harry’s knee tattoos and Zayn’s phonetic spelling of “Otherness” on his nape. I’m also a big fan of head tattoos on guys when they’re done tastefully.
However, as far as face tattoos on theoretically civilized people (that aren’t associated with something meaningful or cultural) I do think they almost always look terribly disfiguring. Also, they tend to look laughably stupid, which undermines any artistic value they could’ve potentially borne.
They’re signifiers of addiction, self-indulgence, self-adoration, and come off as a bit try-hard to me. Sort of like a sad attempt to look edgy that results in the wearer appearing mentally ill. Of course maybe that’s not the case with everyone who gets face tattoos, but certainly a lot of people fall into this category.
There’s a reason we tend to (especially potential employers) associate face tattoos with criminals. It’s because they’re still all the rage among actual prisoners and gang members. Particularly among prison-gang members lol. For me, wearers of face tattoos need to be really badass. And no, I’m not talking about stereotypical convicts or thugs.
What I mean to say is that by my estimation, they need to be fucking X-Men or a ninjas or a shamans or something else that’s damn near otherworldly. Or it needs to have some sort of esoteric cultural meaning for me to appreciate it.
These days, your average face tattoo seems to make empty promises of intrigue or mysticism beyond the surface level of the wearer’s personality; when in fact, most people who get face tattoos are boring and lead unexceptional lives devoid of superpowers or war stories like the rest of us (and are typically just trying to be subversive.)
If Zayn wants to get one, I don’t really care. It won’t be the end of the world. People will do what the want and we can’t stop them. And I’m sure it would just be “art” for him like everyone else who gets them. I’m not vehemently against the idea of him getting a face tattoo, like his stans seem to be, but I’m also not necessarily for it unless he has some underlying super powers we don’t know about.
I do think it’d be funny if he gets one and upsets his fans (I’m evil) and I am curious to see what on earth he would think was worthy enough to permanently mar his face over. If it’s something completely lame like the Perrie tattoo or Gigi tattoo, then it’ll just give people fodder to mock him (and I might low-key join in.) But if it’s half-way decent, then maybe I’ll take my hat off to him. I don’t know. I just don’t think anything would be sick enough or executed well enough to justify a face tattoo, but that’s just me personally.
What are your thoughts on his new tattoos? What do you think the jawline tattoo says? What would you think if he actually got a face tattoo?