Ed Sheeran is known for lots of things - ginger hair, sweetly sentimental lyrics, and, of course, questionable cameo appearances (Game of Thrones, we're looking at you). But one aspect of Sheeran that's often overlooked is his propensity for questionable ink. From a giant lion in the middle of his chest to that shark, Ed Sheeran's tattoos are pretty... out there - and that's putting it kindly.
Now, Sheeran's tattoo artist has spoken out - and even he's not defending the terrible work. Curious to see more of these cringe-inducing inkings? Keep reading.
Ed Sheeran is an absolute chart wonder.
via: Getty ImagesBorn in Halifax in 1991, he always knew he wanted to make music more than anything else.
As a youngster, he posted music videos of himself online.One of these videos was discovered by British rapper Example, who was impressed enough to offer Sheeran a support spot on tour.
He quickly rocketed to success.
via: Getty ImagesSheeran managed to hit number one on the iTunes chart before he was even signed to a record label - and he's only gone from strength to strength since then.
Even if you're not a fan, you'll know his tunes.
via: Getty ImagesSongs such as 2012’s “The A-Team," 2014’s “Thinking Out Loud," and 2017’s “Shape of You" have all earned Sheeran the title of multi Grammy-award winning artist.
And that's not all.
But there's something else Sheeran is known for.He's absolutely covered with tattoos. And his aren't the normal tatts you tend to see on celebrities, either.
It started as a few here and there.
They've recieved their fair share of criticism.Not only do the tatts seem ill-thought-through and poorly done - but they're also of really bizarre things.
Take this one, for example.
via: InstagramThe giant lion on Sheeran's chest seemed so odd that fans originally thought it was a joke.
But (believe it or not) they get worse.
via: InstagramSheeran also has the logo of Heinz Ketchup on his inner arm. Why?
The effect is undeniably weird.
He's clearly not afraid of some scrawling.
via: PinterestSheeran likes to get his favorite lyrics tattooed on in the handwriting of the artist - no matter how aesthetically unappealing that is.
He's not afraid to mix genres.
via: InstagramLook at this ethereal, gothic tree, right next to a cartoon teddy bear. Nice curation.
And then there are tatts like this.
via: Body Art GuruNot only is the shark out of place, but it also looks as if it was drawn by an actual child.
The colors are always just a little too bright.
via: InstagramLike this one, of beloved British cartoon characters Pingu, who looks to be in hell.
This may be the lowlight.
via: InstagramNot only is this a tattoo of a minor character from an almost twenty-year-old movie - it's also absolutely massive.
And though he tends to go for sentimental value ...
via: InstagramIs that an excuse for such terrible inkings? (This one was done live on TV by John Mayer, just FYI).
This is probably his most overtly bad.
via: YouTubeSheeran wanted "Galway Girl" tattooed on his arm. What he ended up with? "Galway Grill." Nice.
It's safe to say Sheeran is absolutely covered.
They've even been subject of some Twitter jokes.
if you have a tattoo, any tattoo at all, there’s a 98% chance it looks better than any of ed sheeran’s tattoos— nic (@nic)1569851820.0
This picture is kind of hard to argue with.
via: TwitterRemember guys, it could always be worse.