Posted Aug 26th, 2015 (3:17 pm) by Jess Marsh
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He was lion the whole time.

Update: It looks like Ed may not have been telling the truth (again).

A few weeks ago, Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to reveal a new lion tattoo that not only prompted a collective internet eyeroll, but also prompted us to run a story about other questionable tattoos. Just look at this thing. He's one of the biggest pop musicians in the world, and this creature looks like scratch work done in someone's garage.

Halfway and ouch

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on

Sheeran even defended the aesthetically catastrophic tragedy of a tattoo tweeting, "If it was black and white saying a clever phrase in a language I can't speak no one would've said anything," and "It's not the first weird tattoo I've got and it won't be the last."

The tattoo was said to commemorate his three consecutive sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium. Guess that accomplishment didn't actually mean that much to him, as Ed posted a picture of his bare chest to Instagram with the caption, "Was only joking about the lion."

Was only joking about the lion

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on

While some fans are insisting the image is actually of Sheeran's back, if you look closely at the photo of the unfortunate lion, you'll notice that there is no redness and swelling. Horrible as the tattoo may have been, if you've ever been tattooed before, you are familiar with the swelling and blood stipple that is present - especially with that much detail. The lion looks very much painted on, and I feel very foolish for falling for Ed's tricks.

It appears Ed Sheeran has pulled the musician's equivalent of drawing on your wrist with a Sharpie while bored in math class. He's just telling millions of followers about his "sick new tatt, bro" rather than his friends at lunch. Great job, Ed. Your grasp for attention was successful.

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