'Humble' Ed Sheeran gets a tattoo while in Queenstown
Queenstown has left a life-time mark on Ed Sheeran after he got a tattoo and a green stone carving from a local artist while taking a break in the resort.
White Tiger Tattoo artist Scott Mcfarlane, said he respected celebrity's privacy and would not reveal Sheeran's newest tattoo design, but said it took three hours.
Mcfarlane, who tattooed Sheeran on Wednesday night, described the pop-star as a "humble, appreciative and a very thankful guy".
"More appreciative than the majority actually," he said.
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Mcfarlane said Sheeran was planning to reveal his tattoo with fans once he was done travelling the world and was back on social media.
The tattoo artist said he treated Sheeran the same as he would any other customer.
"He was watching his PC while I tattooed him and and sang along to the radio. Those weren't his songs though," he said
The hardest part was to get Sheeran to the studio without "haunting and screaming girls" surrounding the shop, Mcfarlane said.
The two artists met up for lunch on Monday and discussed tattoo details and a green stone carving idea, which ended up being a whale tail.
"I did the carving throughout the week and presented it to him on Friday," Mcfarlane said.
Mcfarlane said it was "really cool" how the celebrity appreciated New Zealand culture. Sheeran also had a three-year-old tattoo of a kiwi bird under his arm.
Mcfarlane waited till Sheeran left New Zealand on Monday to post up the photos with him on Facebook.
"I respected the fact that he wanted to have some quiet time without any hustle," he said.
Sheeran said he loved Queenstown and his next destinations were Australia and Japan, Mcfarlane said.
This was not a first celebrity visit for a White Tiger Tattoo studio, five years ago shop owner Greg Burt tattooed Peter Jackson.
Sheeran spent a week in Queenstown and was spotted at bars and restaurants on Monday night.
On his social media accounts in December Sheeran said he would be taking a break from his phone and social media while travelling the world.