Ariana Grande just got a '7 Rings' tattoo in Japanese but “七輪” actually means something hilarious

30 January 2019, 11:59 | Updated: 30 January 2019, 12:14

By Sam Prance

Fans think that Ariana Grande just made a huge tattoo mistake...

Ariana Grande is killing it right now. Over the course of the past few months alone, the 25-year-old star has released critically acclaimed hit singles ('thank u, next', '7 rings'), topped the charts (in the US, UK and globally) and broken multiple streaming records ('7 rings' is officially the fastest single to reach 100 million streams on Spotify ever). Not to mention, her fifth album thank u, next drops next week.

However, it's not just her music that fans are obsessed with. Longterm followers of Ari will know that she lays claim to one of the biggest tattoo collections in pop right now. From adorable heart tattoos (in reference to 'Tattooed Heart') to majestic inks of her favourite Pokémon (Eevee), she's got them all. That being said, her latest is causing controversy... did Ari just commit a huge tattoo faux pas?

What does "shichirin" mean? What does "七輪" mean?

Ariana Grande fans point out mistake in her Japanese '7 rings' tattoo
Ariana Grande fans point out mistake in her Japanese '7 rings' tattoo. Picture: Jim Spellman/WireImage via Getty Images // Instagram

Yesterday in a now deleted post, Ariana took to Instagram to show off a brand new Japanese tattoo "七輪" on her hand. She didn't divulge on what it meant but fans immediately realised that it's supposed to read '7 rings' in Japanese. Nonetheless, it actually reads "shichirin" which means "Japanese barbecue". Yeah. It looks like Ariana could have made a big tattoo error.

After someone pointed it out on Twitter, Ariana tweeted, in a now deleted tweet: "indeed, i left out “つの指” which should have gone in between. it hurt like fuck n still looks tight. i wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao. but this spot also peels a ton and won’t last so if i miss it enough, i’ll suffer thru the whole thing next time."

The original tweet and Ariana's deleted response.

Ariana explains her Japanese '7 Rings' tattoo
Ariana explains her Japanese '7 Rings' tattoo. Picture: Twitter

Some fans aren't buying Ariana's explanation. Meanwhile, others are accusing her of cultural appropriation.

What do you think? Did Ariana make a mistake?