Katy Perry has shared the agony of undergoing a session
with a tattooist in a series of graphic online photos.
The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker had a new piece of body art
inked on her right ankle backstage before the San Francisco gig of her California
Dreams world tour in November 2011
A mobile tattoo artist was drafted in to inscribe the
peppermint design - and a snapper captured every agonising moment for
Katy is seen drinking to steady her nerves as the
tattooist gets to work, and she's then shown throwing back her head and gasping
in pain as the needle pierces her skin.
The finished result,
which she later showed off on Twitter, is a companion piece to the strawberry
on the pop star's left ankle.