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Cara Delevingne fixed her tattoo typo in the artsiest way possible

Cara Delevingne fixed her tattoo typo in the artsiest way possible

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Cara Delevingne knows better than most that tattoos with typos are more common than you might think — even and especially among celebrities. Ariana Grande famously got “small charcoal grill” tattooed on her hand in Japanese — definitely not the “7 Rings” song tribute she was going for — and several other celebrities have permanently marked themselves with foreign words they believed to be different foreign words. But sometimes stars get lettering tattoos in their native language wrong, too, like Cara did last autumn.

As you may recall, the model and actor got a new upper-arm tattoo in September 2023 that quickly garnered criticism from eagle-eyed fans. Italian tattoo artist Matteo Nangeroni created a beautiful dot-work piece of a mask-like, incomplete face amid an abstract, geometric shape that hovers above the following words: "dormiveglia: (n.) the place that stretches between sleeping and walking." Unfortunately, dormiveglia is the Italian word for the place between sleeping and waking.

Cara Delevingne fixed her tattoo typo in the artsiest way possible

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Cara has done a masterful job keeping the accidental “L” hidden from public view over the last few months, either by wearing sleeves or long gloves or simply by posing with her left arm away from the camera. But at the Olivier Awards in London on 14 April, the star of the West End revival of Cabaret wore a sleeveless, sequinned Gucci gown that showed off her tattoo — and the clever correction that has been made.

At first glance, you might not even notice a difference. But Delevingne seems to have returned to a tattoo artist (it's not known whether she went back to Nangeroni) to have an additional abstract shape added to the original geometric linework. And the line cuts through the words to cover up the superfluous L, so it now reads as “waking.” (It also cuts through “stretches,” even though that wasn't misspelled; just a little artistic license.)

Cara Delevingne fixed her tattoo typo in the artsiest way possible

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The result looks fantastic and very much as if this was the original intention and design. If only all tattoo cover-ups could be executed so seamlessly. But since they can't, it's always best to double- and triple-check your artist's tattoo stencil before they work on your skin. A lesson we reckon Cara Delevingne has learnt for sure.

Cara Delevingne fixed her tattoo typo in the artsiest way possible

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This feature originally appeared on Allure.