Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine flaunted fresh ink in an Instagram photo Tuesday — documenting the finished product of a tattoo that took six months to complete. The nautical-themed work of art features a winged mermaid cradling a skull and hovering over an ocean. Credit for Levine's ornate addition goes to tattoo artist Bryan Randolph of Spider Murphy's Tattoo in San Rafael, California.
"6 months in the making," Levine captioned in the photo. "Thanks @bryanrandolph for absolutely blowing my mind with this one! Woooo hooooo!!!!"
Levine's fans left comments of support; as of Wednesday, the image had more than 200,000 "likes."
Prior to the final reveal, Levine had shared images of the tattoo in progress. "If you ever want a tattoo and you don't get it from @bryanrandolph... you're nuts," Levine captioned in an earlier post. "He's the DUDE."
Judging by the trail of images Levine has devoted to the making of this back tat, it's clear a lot of thought went into its inception and realization.
It's unclear what exactly inspired the image — though seeing that tattoos can be highly personal and often private (though not in this case), the general public may never know what draws Levine to the sea.
As a bonus, and for anyone looking to relive the glory of the early oughts, here's a young Levine in the music video for "She Will Be Loved," the hit single off Maroon 5's 2002 debut LP Songs About Jane.