Post Malone debuts 'brutal' new face tattoo, closing year of weird and wonderful celebrity ink

Post Malone debuted some fresh facial ink on New Year's Eve, alluding that his latest addition won't be the last.

The 24-year-old stopped to chat to a TMZ reporter while he was in New York on Tuesday (local time), showing off the "brutal" new tattoo on his heavily-decorated mug.

The "gauntlet and flail" design "hurt like a motherf***er" according to Post Malone, real name Austin Post.

"It's like a big spiked ball and a chain, it's pretty brutal... I wanted to do it for a while, but finally I said f**k it, let's do it," he said, hastily adding: "I love you, mom".

The morning star rounds out the rapper's facial armory, which also consists of a sword and barbed wire on his forehead. 

He also showed fans the new addition in a post on Instagram.
He also showed fans the new addition in a post on Instagram. Photo credit: TMZ / Screengrab

Despite hinting that more tattoos are on the horizon, he acknowledged that his self-proclaimed "face for radio" may hinder his budding acting career with "bad guy" typecasting. 

"By no means am I going to be an actor, because I'm pretty sh**ty at it - but I tried my best," he said, referencing his role in the upcoming film Spenser Confidential. 

"Especially with this new tattoo, I can only really play the bad guy, the tough-looking guy."

The 'Wow' hitmaker will appear alongside Mark Wahlberg in the film, which is set to be released on Netflix in March. He also had a minor voice role in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018.

"I'm trying to expand into other things and test myself to see what I can do," Post said.

Post Malone isn't the only celebrity celebrating the New Year with new facial ink. On Monday, former child star Amanda Bynes took to Instagram to debut a large heart on her cheek. It's unclear whether the design is permanent.

Face tattoos appear to be getting increasingly popular among the stars. Justin Bieber went under the needle in January, getting the word "grace" tattooed above his eyebrow. Nineties heartthrob Aaron Carter also revealed a giant face tattoo of Rihanna as Medusa in September. 

Aaron Carter unveiled his Rihanna-Medusa masterpiece in September.
Aaron Carter unveiled his Rihanna-Medusa masterpiece in September. Photo credit: Aaron Carter / Instagram