Reeva’s love affair with tattoos

2013-06-07 00:00

REEVA Steenkamp had her left ankle tattooed with the word “lioness” just before she started dating Oscar Pistorius.

She posted the tattoo on her Instagram profile with the words “welcome to the family”.

Earlier, she had her back inscribed with the words in Italian: “Only God will judge me”.

She told one of her fans on Instagram that she loved tattoos and planned to get more.

Oscar Pistorius, as well as Reeva’s former date, the Springbok player Francois Hougaard, also liked a lot of tattoos.

Steenkamp had reportedly been dating Hougaard “on and off from October 2012 to early January 2013”, Beeld reported yesterday.

Hougaard recently had a tattoo made on his right side depicting an owl holding a ruby in its claws with the words: “Without adversity there is no success”. The Blue Bull also has a tattoo of a swift on his right shoulder and the word “persevere” inked down to his elbow. His left arm is densely covered in a pattern of koi fish and butterflies.

Pistorius also has several sets of ink artwork on his body. A verse from Corinthians on his left shoulder reads: “I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. I execute each strike with intent. I beat my body and make it my slave”.

The date of his mother’s death, in Roman numerals, is inked on his inner bicep.

The multi-medallist also has the Olympic emblem of interlinked rings tattooed on his right arm.

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