Cheryl Cole revealed a HUGE floral tattoo covering her entire lower back and buttocks in August 2013. She had been getting work done on this tattoo by artist Nikko Hurtado across multiple sessions for many months before it was finally finished. In February 2013 she announced that she had already put 15 hours of work into the tattoo.
The tattoo does have a deeper meaning to Cheryl, but she also loves it for the look. She tweeted: “I have personal meaning behind it but English roses are my favourite flowers.”
Responding to criticism over the tattoo’s size, she tweeted “People are entitled to their own opinion. Personally I’ve never really concerned myself with other people’s body parts!”
She was inspired to go big with her inking after getting sick with Malaria in 2010 following a trip to Tanzania. She told Graham Norton “After I got malaria, I wrote a — you call it a bucket list, I call it a fuck it list. And I just wanted to do everything I wanted to do. Life’s short and it changed my perspective and I always wanted a big tattoo.”
This tattoo covers many of Cheryl’s previous inkings including the butterfly on her back and flower on her butt. It also covers a small Tweety cartoon tattoo on her bum which was her first tattoo. She told i-D “The first tattoo I ever got, I was 16. My sister was having the first grandchild of the family and we all got a little symbol for him. I got a teeny little Tweety Bird.” She chose the Tweety Pie character from Looney Tunes because of it’s similarity to their family name Tweedy.
She has said that this tattoo with be her last, but she may still change her mind!