Zayn Malik Shows Off His Giant New Face Tattoo

Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik arrives at the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala.  Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Is that real?! Former One Direction member Zayn Malik revealed a sizable new tattoo on Friday, March 11, and it’s located in a rather unconventional spot on his body — the side of his face!

His new ink features a bird raising its wings to fly (possibly a phoenix rising from the ruins?), with a ribbon wrapped around it that reads “M.O.M.”

“Like I Would,” the now-solo musician captioned the photo on Instagram.

Like I Would

A post shared by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on

While the ink at first glance may appear dedicated to his mama, Malik’s caption hints that the letters in the tattoo may actually stand for the title of his upcoming new album, Mind of Mine. “Like I Would” is a bonus track on the record.

Though fans of the 23-year-old are familiar with his appreciation for tattoos, they’re not exactly responding well to his latest piece of body art.

“EWEWWWWWW!!! OMG WHY,” one fan commented on his Instagram post.

“Please let that be a drawing! Not a real tattoo!” wrote another.

Some even spoke out via Twitter to share their disbelief:

Mind of Mine drops March 25, one year to the day that he left One Direction.

Tell Us: What do you think of Zayn’s new tattoo?

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!

Close popup

Welcome to In Motion

Bring photos to life with Us Weekly's exciting new mobile experience!

What's In Motion? Tell me more

What's In Motion?

Go back

How to Use In Motion

What's In Motion? Tell me more