'New ink new album': Lady Gaga unveils new tattoo as she teases fans with the title of her new record
With nine tattoos already adorning her body, it's fair to say Lady Gaga is a big fan of skin etchings.
But the 26-year-old singer's new inking seems to be much more than just a piece of attractive body art.
The Born This Way hitmaker revealed her new addition on her social networking account Littlemonsters.com, and in the process teased fans with the name of her new record.
'Artpop': Lady Gaga unveiled her new inking and hinted it could also be the name of her upcoming album
Posting a link to the image on her Twitter page, Gaga can be seen holding her right forearm towards the camera with the word 'Artpop' neatly etched down it in black ink.
But the star also gave a hint to her followers about the name of her upcoming fourth album.
'New ink new album,' she wrote alongside the snap.
Gaga Unicorn: The singer also treated her followers to an unusual piece of artwork of her body merged into that of a unicorn
Quirky: Gaga also posted this photograph, captioned 'The teal unicorn, created by me'.
In a further clue, perhaps pointing to lyrics from her upcoming album, Gaga posted a picture of the word 'Artpop' with 'we could we could belong together' written above it.
The New York-based artist has been busy on her social networking pages over the past few days, and also treated her fans to preview promotional shots for her fragrance, Fame.
Additionally, the star posted an artistic snap of her body morphed into that of a unicorn.
Fame: Gaga posted a piece of promotional artwork from her upcoming fragrance, Fame
Gaga's latest tattoo is far from her first, but it does go against her rule of only having inkings on the left side of her body.
The self-proclaimed 'daddy's girl' had previously said she would honour her father's request to keep one side of her body 'slightly normal'.
She explained: 'It was actually per my father's request. He asked that I remain, on one side, slightly normal.'
After having her first inking of a treble clef at the tender age of 17, the star has gone on to have a total of 10 tattoos, including a tribute to her fans, reading 'Little Monsters'.
Tattoo fan: After opting for her first etching at the tender age of 17, Gaga has now amassed a total of 10 inkings on her body
It's the heart and the soul and the body and the brain driving me insane.
better than the last one (which was god awful, so everything is an improvement basically) but they 'shopped her to death, like literally. urgh. it's okay, maybe i'll like it more but right now i hate the fact that she looks like a twig that's going to break within the next five seconds. because that's definitely not what gaga represents.
Dream Girl: Lady Gaga Graces the September Issue of Vogue
photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Whether Lady Gaga, appearing on our cover for the second time, is touring the globe with a groundbreaking extravaganza world tour or launching the most innovative perfume in two decades, she does it entirely on her own terms. As in: She said yes to Coty’s request on the condition that the company not only conjure scent notes to her specification but figure out how to create a liquid that appears black in the bottle, but when sprayed, becomes clear. (After all, she points out, “The fragrance is called Fame. It must be black. It must be enticing. You must want to lick and touch and feel it, but the look of it must terrify you.”) Also on her own terms: the Born This Way Ball, her massive spectacle, which has just made its way through Asia and Australia and is destined next for Europe and the States. She banned video screens, instead dreaming up a “fortress” that lets her dance 50 feet above an audience of 30,000. "I really wanted to break the mold of what modern touring is now,” Gaga explains.
This is Lady Gaga, after all, who manages to be both utterly out of this world and yet, strangely, simultaneously down-to-earth, as Jonathan Van Meter’s profile reveals. The 26-year-old star is as apt to head out on the town in Versace or McQueen as she is wearing an anonymous mystery gift left on her hotel doorstep with no note and no name—a dress made of hundreds of miniature mirrors sewn into origami-like boxes. In Gaga’s world, where borders blur (fantasy and reality, scary and cute), what was once risk-taking (the meat dress) becomes oddly charming (the reinvention of the meat dress is one of the highlights of the Born This Way Ball). “We were talking about putting the show together,” she recounts, “and I said, OK, what if I was someone’s grandma and I was going to a concert tonight. How would I know that it was a Gaga show? And we all just sort of looked at each other and said,‘The meat dress.’ ” That’s Mother Monster, mindful of the grandmas and the Goths alike, and regardless how large her fan base has swelled (the Queen of Twitter counts more than 28 million followers), she knows many of them by name. “I don’t really make records for people to listen to and go, ‘Wow, she’s a genius,’ ” says Gaga. “I’d really like you to order a drink, maybe kiss the person you came with that evening, or rediscover something about your past that makes you feel even more brave.”
To read the full story, and to see more of the photographs by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, head to newsstands on August 14 to purchase the September issue of Vogue.
... Indifference is scary ~ Lady Gaga