Lewis Hamilton unveils giant new African lion tattoo on his chest
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Hamilton unveils new lion tattoo
Lewis Hamilton has unveiled a brand new lion tattoo on Instagram this week, which covers the left-hand side of his chest.
The 30-year-old Formula 1 champion showed off the intricate design, which sits below the word 'faith', and was completed by Rihanna's acclaimed tattoo artist, Bang Bang.
He explained the meaning behind the new inking alongside the post, writing: 'The African Lion Symbolizes mastering your emotions...
'The African lion roars ferociously and the roar can be heard for miles... It is summoning the power of the sun to be unleashed at his will, he proclaims his power as a message and a warning.'
Lewis had the tattoo done last Thursday, sharing a picture of himself sitting in the artist's chair as he endured the painful moment.
He wrote: 'New Ink. Bang Bang NYC!' as he put his red cap slightly over his eyes while the painful looking work took place.
The handsome racing driver, who recently split from his partner of seven years, Nicole Scherzinger is a huge fan of the body art and also has the words, 'powerful behind measure' across his chest.
A northern star also sits across his torso, while religious imagery covers the sleeve of his right arm.
Lewis Hamilton arrives at the Sainte Reparate Cathedral to attend the funeral of French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi in Nice on Tuesday. Picture/AP.
The post comes as Lewis posed alongside movie star Kate Hudson during The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 2nd Annual Saint-Tropez Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu later that evening.
Wearing a smart white suit with a matching hat and a black T-shirt, Lewis put his own style stamp on the bash which raised £40million for environmental protection practices.
No doubt there to help raise money for DiCaprio's charity, Lewis was also pictured catching up with supermodel Naomi Campbell and Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone.
Lewis Hamilton signed a new three-year £100m Mercedes deal in May to become the highest paid British sportsman.
Earlier in the week Hamilton joined his Formula One colleagues at the funeral of French driver Jules Bianchi, in Nice.