Lady Gaga paid tribute to her icon — legendary rock star David Bowie — by adding new tattoos Saturday on her skin near her ribcage and stomach. The pop star is all set to perform a tribute to the British rock legend at the Grammys on Monday. She posted a series of videos on Snapchat and invited her fans to go through the inking process.
The singer got inked by celebrity tattoo artist Mark Mahoney at the Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood, California. “Mother Monster” has etched the picture of David Bowie dressed as his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. It shows Ziggy on the front of the Aladdin Sane album cover.
The 29-year-old singer shared the picture of her complete tattoo on Snapchat. “This was the image that changed my life,” Gaga captioned the picture. The tattoo shows Bowie with his face painted with his iconic lightning bolt makeup.
The videos capture the “Poker Face” singer lying still, as the tattoo artist etches a stencil of the singer. Gaga’s tribute to the star comes two days before the Golden Globes winner is set to perform an eight-minute musical tribute to Bowie at the Grammy Awards on Monday. This is believed to be Gaga’s 18th tattoo to her already massive ink collection.
“We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed, almost in a single moment, we know we had to change direction,” said the executive producer of the show about the “Born This Way” singer. He added that when Bowie died, they thought they had to change the program to honor the legend. Then it was decided that only Gaga would be the right person to pay tribute to Bowie.
Bowie died at the age of 69 on Jan. 10 after battling cancer. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter about her inspiration and icon Bowie, the “Bad Romance” hitmaker said that the rock star used his glamor to express his message to people that was very healing for the souls. Gaga gave the interview just before Bowie’s death.