One Direction 2012: Harry Styles shows off his new tattoos, including a bird cage & an Iced Gem! (PICTURES)

by Lynn Rowlands

One Direction star Harry Styles has begun creating a ‘sleeve’ tattoo on his arm by adding a bunch of new ink, and he’s also added to his torso tattoo collection by including a bird cage, an iced gem, a black star and theatrical masks with the letters SMCL…

And fans have been speculating on what the letters stand for, with most agreeing they may be an acronym for ‘smile more cry later’. Others suggest it relates to Simon Cowell, but Harry hasn’t, as yet, revealed if either of those things relates to his tattoo or if it has some other meaning.

It’s also not known exactly when he had the tattoos, but he was spotted going into the Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlour in West Hollywood on September 9.

The Daily Mail reports, “While there, tattoo artist Isaiah Negrete etched Harry’s older sister Gemma’s name in hebrew on his upper left arm.”

Along with Harry for his tattoo session were his new Hollywood friends, Glee stars Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz and Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr.

Kevin, who plays Artie in Glee, later tweeted, “Tattoo crew! @jennaushkowitz @itsmejessicaszohr @harry_styles @lpthree.”

However, in the UK Harry apparently makes frequent visits celebrity tattooist Kevin Paul, who’s in the process of creating that sleeve of drawings and symbols.

Kevin told Sugarscape last month, “I did a couple of bits on him last night.

“They’re really personal to him – the reasons he had them done and stuff, so he doesn’t really want to announce what they are.

“I’m doing him a half sleeve which he doesn’t mind people knowing about.

“We’re doing that now, so over the next week or two I’m gonna draw that up, send him the pictures over and then I’ll go back down and start it up.

“One was something from his childhood, and another one was something really important in his life.

“It’s at the top of the arm to begin the sleeve. I tattooed Ed Sheeran as well – who did a little locket on Harry’s hand, like a little padlock thing.

“They didn’t really have to stop because of the pain, it was all pretty small things really so didn’t take too long.”

Harry also has ’17 black’ tattooed on his collar bone, that padlock that Ed Sheeran inked on him, the letter A in the crook of his elbow for his mum Anne, another star on his arm and the Temper Trap lyrics ‘won’t stop ’till we surrender’ beneath it.

What do you think of Harry’s new ink? And is the ‘sleeve’ of tats going to look great or awful? And finally, what do you reckon the SMCL stands for? Send me cardboard laces? Sold my collapsible log? Small man clones legs? Or maybe not…

Let us know!

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.