Lady Gaga will be performing an eight-minute tribute to the late David Bowie at the Grammy Awards on Monday.
But the 29-year-old has also found a more permanent way to commemorate her love of the iconic singer, who died last month at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.
Gaga shared a series of Snapchat videos on Saturday which showed her getting a tattoo of Bowie on her left side. This is believed to be her 18th inking so far.
Ch-ch-changes: Lady Gaga got a David Bowie tattoo on Saturday, and shared videos to Snapchat while getting the inking
The body art was done by Mark Mahoney at Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood, and is a copy of the Aladdin Sane album cover.
In the videos, the tattoo artist was seen expertly creating a stencil copy of the artwork, which shows Ziggy Stardust looking down while wearing his iconic lightning bolt make-up.
Gaga waited patiently in the parlour, dressed in a printed suit and gold brogues, before taking off her top and settling down to get inked.
And the pop star, who has many tattoos, didn’t appear to be wincing in the slightest as the artist got to work with the needle.
‘This was the image that changed my life’: The pop star showed off the handiwork
‘It begins’: Gaga took off her top to have Ziggy Stardust inked onto her left side in purple
A permanent tribute: The tattoo comes two days before the star will be performing an eight-minute tribute to Bowie at the Grammy Awards on Monday
Gaga’s videos showed the outline of the design in purple ink along with some shading, but it’s unclear if she will be having the entire piece of body art filled in.
She captioned one of the videos: ‘This was the image that changed my life.’
The Applause hit-maker has always been a huge fan of Bowie’s, and the Grammy Awards’ executive producer Ken Ehrlich revealed last week that they instantaneously decided she was the perfect fit for his tribute, which is being directed by Nile Rogers.
LA’s best-known tattoo parlour: The 29-year-old went to Mark Mahoney of Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood
Iconic image: Gaga picked the cover of the Aladdin Sane album for her latest piece of body art
She’s a pro: The singer is believed to have 18 tattoos now, and didn’t appear to wince at the pain
‘We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction,’ he told Variety.
‘We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honour David. She’s perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great Grammy moment, but one fitting of David.’
Before his death, Gaga had told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamour was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls.
Delicate details: Gaga captured the artist covering the album artwork to create a stencil
Making her departure: She was later seen exiting the Shamrock tattoo parlor in West Hollywood
She’s a pro: The star appeared to be in great and relaxed spirits during the outing
Quirky as always: The Applause hit-maker was dressed in a printed suit and gold brogues
Keeping a low-profile: She swept her tresses away from her face with a bandana and concealed her eyes with designer sunglasses
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‘He is a true, true artist and I don’t know if I ever went, “Oh, I’m going to be that way like this,” or if I arrived upon it slowly, realising it was my calling and that’s what drew me to him.’
Gaga now has a trumpet tattoo on her upper right arm, but previously revealed that she only planned to get inkings on the left side of her body, to honour her father’s wishes.
‘He asked that I remain, on one side, slightly normal,’ she said during a Google Q&A. ‘So I only have my tattoos on my left side. I think he sees [my right] as my Marilyn Monroe side, and he sees [my left] as my Iggy Pop side.’
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The perfect choice: Producers have revealed they think the star, seen here on Wednesday, will do Bowie proud