Written by Sara Bordon, March 14, 2016

Former One Directioner Zayn Malik has taken to Instagram to show off his new body art – a rather large facial tattoo!

The 23-year-old revealed an intricate design of a bird holding up a scroll that reads ‘M.O.M’.

However, rather than tribute to his mum Trish, the tattoo is said to represent the title of his new album, Mind of Mine.

Like I Would

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While the singer is known for having some interesting body art, fans have started to question whether the tatt is real or simply an accessory for a new video clip.

‘Tell me it’s henna please it has to be,’ one fan commented.

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And according to celebrity tattoo artist Kevin Paul, if it isn’t fake, this inking might be one that the singer ends up having second thoughts over.

‘The placement is really bad, considering he doesn’t have any other tattoos on his head,’ Kevin explains.

‘I think he’ll end up regretting it and it would be hard to cover up without making the new design a lot bigger and darker.’

We wonder what his girlfriend Gigi thinks about his new body art?

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