It’s no secret that Zayn Malik is a bit of a tattoo aficionado—he’s rumored to have 40-plus on his body already—so for him to surprise fans with some new ink, it has to be pretty over the top. And creating major buzz is just what the singer did, posting a photo on Instagram last night with a freshly shaved hairdo and what seems to be a bird-and-floral-print tattoo reaching from the top of his right hairline to halfway down his ear. The initials "M.O.M." are emblazoned in a banner on his face, drawing reference to his debut album as a solo artist, Mind of Mine, which is set to be released later this month.
The caption on his post “Like I Would” (which is also the name of the single he dropped this week) makes us wonder whether the design is permanent or just a henna. More than 685,000 fans liked Malik’s photo of the cutting-edge look (and counting!), and more than 80,000 users left him comments, begging for more details. It seems this singer just might have some explaining to do.