“Been tatting myself up like crazy this month,” the Girls co-creator and star, 31, captioned the first photo of her upper thigh, which revealed two designs: a blooming rose and Kewpie dolls, baby cupid characters that appeared in comic strips in the early 20th century.
Her next image zoomed in on the Kewpies, which surround a bucket, one doll appearing to tote a pail labelled “tears.” She wrote that the tattoo has been on her for “a few weeks.”
The writer and activist — who shared a nearly nude photo to spark dialogue on body positivity last week — said her ink gives her a sense of control.
“I think it gives me a sense of control and ownership of a body that’s often beyond my control,” she captioned her third photo, which provided a close up of the rose. The comment was likely a reference to the star’s painful and ongoing battle with endometriosis.
“Thank you @trinegrimm for my warrior’s chest plate/tit chandelier. This is my first original piece by a female tattoo artist and it felt sacred and cool and she didn’t chide me for copying @badgalriri’s placement,” Dunham captioned her topless selfie.
And in February, Dunham talked about her tattoo collection for Vogue‘s “73 Questions” video. She described her then-nine designs in detail, including a picture of Ferdinand the bull, Laura Thornhill, the first female skateboarder and an image of Eloise as a tramp stamp.
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But out of all her ink, her only regret is getting an illustration of a children’s book.
“A drunk guy did it,” she explained. “It’s not great. I should get it covered up.”