Cheryl Cole unveiled a massive new tattoo when the Girls Aloud tour kicked off last night (21.02.13).

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The singer stunned fans when she flaunted two huge red roses emblazoned on her lower back during the opening night of the girl band’s Ten – The Hits tour in her home city of Newcastle.

It’s not known whether the extensive inking – which reaches from just below her bra line down to her behind – is just for show or a permanent fixture, but Cole had the artwork on full display alongside a series outfits, including a studded pink and silver bra, a futuristic bedazzled black corset, and a monochrome crop top paired with leather pants.

Cole and bandmates Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh were clearly excited to reunite on stage for their first tour since going on hiatus in 2009 to pursue solo projects.

The Promise This hitmaker, who is originally from South Shields, told her home town crowd: “There is no other place in the world we’d rather be than here with you Geordies! Are you ready to party with us? It’s been a long time coming!”

Cole – who lives in London – has other inkings including tribal tattoos on her right hand and lower spine, a Mrs Cole marking on the back of her neck, a treble clef and vine leaves wrapped around her right thigh and a mysterious tattoo on her bum.

Tickets for the Girls Aloud tour, which arrives at the O2 on Friday 1 March, are available here.