EXCLUSIVE: Not Camila Cabello but THIS inspired Shawn Mendes' butterfly tattoo, the designer reveals

Shawn Mendes recently took to social media to flaunt his new butterfly tattoo. Soon after he debuted his tattoo online, fans couldn't stop themselves from recalling Camila Cabello's blue butterfly poster. However, the fan aka tattoo designer behind the gorgeous tattoo revealed the true inspiration behind it.
EXCLUSIVE: Not Camila Cabello but THIS inspired Shawn Mendes' butterfly tattoo, the designer revealsEXCLUSIVE: Not Camila Cabello but THIS inspired Shawn Mendes' butterfly tattoo, the designer reveals
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Miley Cyrus may have asked the butterfly to fly away, but Shawn Mendes' butterfly tattoo is here to stay. The singer recently took social media by storm with his new butterfly ink. The Senorita hitmaker went under the needle to get himself a new tattoo. Shawn revealed that he has a unique butterfly inked on his bicep. One half of the tattoo features the traditional butterfly, whereas the other half features a bunch of flowers. When Shawn flaunted the tattoo, it was revealed that the tattoo was designed by a fan. 

The fan took to his Instagram account and shared a picture of the original art piece. Pinkvilla learned some interesting insights into the tattoo. While his Instagram account reads Christ TATTXX, Pinkvilla has exclusively learned that his name is Christopher Leiva and he's a resident of Santiago de Chile. Speaking about the tattoo, he told Pinkvilla that the tattoo was designed a few years ago. "I did the draw a couple of years ago in the University," he recalled. 

Explaining the inspiration behind the tattoo, Christopher said he was inspired by the butterflies at the University of Buenos Aires' garden he spotted when he was studying in Argentina. Before Christopher cleared the air, fans were speculating if the tattoo was inspired by Camila Cabello's iconic "blue butterfly on the face" photo she used for one of her albums. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is the original design!. @shawnmendes . I thank you very much for all the messages of love that you have sent me and for appreciating and sharing my art. For those who have asked me, I am located in Santiago de Chile. I invite you to continue reviewing and sharing my art. . always available to tattoo {SHARE}. . . Este es el diseño original agradezco mucho todos los mensajes de amor que me han enviado y por apreciar y compartir mi arte. Para quienes me han preguntado, me ubico en Santiago de Chile. Les invito a seguir revisando y compartiendo mi arte. . siempre disponible para tatuar. . . .{COMPARTIR} @shawnmendes #shawnmendes #tttism #tattoodesign #tatuadorescl #equilattera #blxink #iblackwork #tattood #blackworkers #finelinetattoo #blackworkers_tattoo #btattooing #blackworkersubmission #iblackwork #flowerstattoo #flowertattoo #freehand #freehandtattoo #chiletattoo #tattoochile #argentinatattoo #tattooargentina #portaltattoo #butterflytattoo #butterfly

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Meanwhile, the artist went on to share his reaction to the tattoo. He said, "The fact that it is now alive in Shawn's skin is immensely gratifying, as also all the messages of love and support that have come from all over the world. I would have loved to be able to tattoo it but because of the distance it becomes complex, luckily he found a very good artist to do it. Anyway, surreal experience from what I learned that in art there will never be limits!" 

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