A singer who got a tattoo of Harry Styles on her cheek in a bid to secure a musical collaboration has confirmed that it’s not the real deal.
US singer Kelsy Karter, a superfan of the former One Direction star, shared an image of her new inking via her Instagram on Monday (January 28).
Fans were shocked by Karter’s decision, with some calling her “crazy” and an”idiot”. Another wrote, “I hope that ain’t real, your face looks so beautiful naturally”.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Kelsy has now revealed that she’s not stuck with the new design for life.
To mark the singer’s 25th birthday, Kelsy released a video that showed how she faked the tattoo in order to promote Harry – her new musical tribute to him.
Describing how she wrote the song early last year, Kelsy said: “My dog Diva died. My relationship ended. And the last thing I wanted to do was write another sad song about it.”
After creating the video for the song, she realised that a bold strategy was needed to promote it.
“How were we going to cut through the noise to get noticed? What would the rock legends that inspired me have done in 2019,” she explained.
In a bid to draw attention, she enlisted celebrity tattooist Romeo Lacoste to “ink” a fake design on her cheek.
She explained that Romeo simply placed a trace on her face, before a “special FX makeup artist did her thing.”
Kelsy added: “BTW we know it looked ridiculous. That was the point.I had your attention.”
The LA-based singer has previously said how much she would like to work with Styles.
In a 2018 interview with i-D, the artist said, “Let’s work, Harry. Where you at? Mark my words: I’m getting a song on his album.” She added that she feels like a “female version” of Styles who “opened the door” for her.
Karter’s Instagram post, which also features a picture of her next to tattoo artist Roman Lacoste, has amassed more than 32,000 likes to date. Despite the big numbers, it’s unclear if the tattoo is real.
In a tweet sent earlier in January, Karter hinted at a bold move.
Finally know what I’m getting Harry for his birthday….
— Kelsy Karter (@KelsyKarter) January 18, 2019
“Finally know what I’m getting Harry for his birthday,” she wrote.
Karter isn’t the only musician who’s vying for a collaboration with Styles. Earlier this month, The 1975’s Matty Healy said that he wishes to produce Styles’ next solo album.
Hey @Harry_Styles me and George really wanna produce your next album hmu if you wanna it’s cool if not tho I know you’re like super busy etc love!!!!!
— ?? (@Truman_Black) January 3, 2019
Healy tweeted: “Hey @Harry_Styles me and George [Daniel, The 1975 drummer] really wanna produce your next album hmu if you wanna it’s cool if not tho I know you’re like super busy etc love!!!!!”