1D To Directioners: Don't Follow In Our Tatted Footsteps

After stirring up critcisim, One Direction rescinds social media request for fans to flaunt their 1D ink.

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The members of One Direction have never masked their love of tattoos. But the chart-blazing boy band has come under fire after asking fans to share their 1D body art over the weekend, , a move that has been seen by some as encouraging young Directioners to go under the needle.

"Have a real #1D tattoo? Show us!" the band wrote to their over 10 million Twitter followers on Saturday. "Submit a 90 sec YouTube video to 1d3dfan@gmail.com and show us why you should be in the @1D3Dmovie."

A similar note was posted on One Direction's Facebook page around the same time, which has over 13 million friends.

But after the group — consisting of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson — caught wind of the controversy over their tatt call out, the Tweet was removed and the group tried to clear the air.

"This tweet was posted in error and has now been removed," said the group's spokesperson Simon Jones. "One Direction does not want to encourage any of their fans to get 1D tattoos."

It seems the 1D is hoping Directioners will do as the boy band stars say, not as the do. Over the weekend, a snap surfaced of Styles' latest inking, a big butterfly emblazoned across his chest. The tat joins his collection of around 25, which includes a pair of swallows on his collarbone, the words “Might as well…” on his left hip, the abbreviations “LA, LDN and NY” on his left arm, and a birdcage on his left rib cage.

And Styles isn't the only 1D member hitting the tattoo parlor. In early March, Tomlinson showed off a fresh tattooof a steaming cup of tea, adding to the number of designs etched on his arm, which includes the word "Oops,” a stick man, a bird and a compass.

While both Payne and Malik — who recently said “I want to fill my entire right arm up to my elbow" — have a growing body art collection, Horan is thought to be the only One Direction member who has stayed away from the needle altogether.

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