They were the fresh-faced boys thrown together by Nicole Scherzinger on TV show The X Factor who went on to achieve a US hit album. However, the clean cut image is long gone, as One Direction race to cover themselves in ink, as if it were a competitive sport. Not to be outdone by bandmate, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson also decided some new etchings were in order during their current Stateside visit.
Chowing down on pizza, and whiling away the hours with a game of pool, the boys are steadily assuming a tougher image which is worlds away from their early incarnation. The pair were accompanied by Liam Payne as they made their way to the legendary studio on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, on Wednesday to add to their already extensive collections of body art.
Zayn, 19, opted for by far the most dramatic look, adding to the 'ZAP' and microphone tattoos adorning his right forearm with an intricate half sleeve design. Meanwhile, Louis, 20, appeared to have opted for a large compass etching, adding to the seemingly random collection of doodles on his right forearm. Although Liam, 19, accompanied his bandmates on their visit, he didn't appear to have gone under the needle, instead kicking back and relaxing while enjoying a game of pool.
The boys - who jetted into Los Angeles on Tuesday - seemed to be taking some time in choosing their respective designs, looking through a tattoo book as they made their minds up. And as the pain of the inkings subsided, the group enjoyed some tasty pizza as they chatted and relaxed inside the relative peace of the studio, before heading outside and being mobbed by a plethora of eager female fans.
THE BOYS' TATTOOS -
LOUIS GOT A COMPASS
(Sorry, this is the only one I could find lol)
ZAYN GOT A SKULL
AS FOR LEEYUM, HE WAS ONLY THERE TO PLAY POOL.