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Thursday 18 December 2014

Rita Ora shows off ballerina tattoo

Rita Ora

Rita Ora has got a new tattoo of a ballerina by Keith 'Bang Bang' McCurdy.

The 23-year-old singer already had several inkings on her body, including a black and white sketch of a woman sniffing a flower on the right-hand side of her ribcage.

Following her public split from Calvin Harris earlier this month, it seems Rita was after something new and shared photos of her latest design with her flock of followers. She visited Bang Bang Tattoos studio artist Keith McCurdy at his parlour in New York for the pretty sketch, which seemed to be a reference to a personal joke with friend Anda.

"We're gona be ballerinas when were 102!@andacloud9 #iloveubestie @bangbangnyc free-hand drawn on. You beast! Love you my brother! (sic)" Rita wrote alongside the snap. The ballerina is on the back of her right arm and she is stood on one leg, with an arm in the air, which is referred to as a fourth position in the industry.

Rita posted another photo, which showed her with her hair tied up to reveal another small tat behind her right ear, and an arm around her pal Daniel Yaro.

"Undercut Massive...with my little ballerina, (sic)" she wrote.

For the cover of the May issue of Britain's Elle magazine Rita posed topless, giving readers a good look at the tattoo on her ribcage. It was inspired by painter Alberto Vargas, who was best known for his illustrations of females.

"This is Rosetta. It’s based on an original piece by Alberto Vargas, who was an incredible illustrator in the 1930s. He was one of the creators of the pin-up image. That’s our build, our power," Rita explained to the publication about her design.

"That’s why I was obsessed with it; learning what men don’t understand about women and what women don’t understand about men. I was obsessed with the painting a long time ago, and then I got it done six months ago. I just love pretty things, whether it is art, a song or a pair of shoes."

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