Ed Sheeran’s painful tattoos
Ed Sheeran has spent over 40 hours in "horrific pain" getting tattoos over the last year.
The 25-year-old singer showed off a number of new inkings in the music video for his new single ‘Shape of You’ and he has spent a lot of time having secret sessions with body artist Kevin Paul having the new designs etched on.
Kevin told the Daily Mail newspaper: "We’ve spent about 40 hours on Ed over the past year, and keeping it a secret was probably the hardest bit.
"Sometimes he’d travel to me but usually we’d go round to his house, put on a boxset and order Nando’s, and do a bit of tattooing. It was all very chilled.
"Ed now has thirty tattoos on his front, plus countless ones down his arms.
"Every single one recently involved horrific pain, especially around the ribs.
"I remember one time he had to fly out to Italy the next day, and had this awful, weeping tattoo seeping through the clingfilm used to protect it. It wasn’t an ideal situation."
Among Ed’s 60 tattoos are a Grammy award, a dinosaur, his old junior school crest and the Rolling Stones’ famous lips logo.
The ‘Castle of the Hill’ singer previously insisted he is proud of all his tattoos as they all hold special meaning for him and he won’t regret them when he’s older.
He said: "They say, ‘But what about when you’re an old man?’, and I think, ‘Well, I’ll look f***ing cool when I’m old.’
"I might look wrinkly but have you ever seen your granddad with his top off? Because I haven’t.
"I get one done for anything I’m proud of or for something I want to remember.
"People say when they see my tattoos that I look like a melted crayon, so that’ s interesting. I guess this is just my eight year-old self coming out."