Lady Gaga Gets David Bowie Tattoo Days Before Honoring Him at the Grammy Awards: 'This Was the Image That Changed My Life'

Lady Gaga Gets David Bowie Tattoo Days Before Grammys Tribute
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02/14/2016 AT 01:55 PM EST

When Lady Gaga performs Monday at the Grammy Awards to honor David Bowie, she'll be carrying an extra special tribute:

A tattoo of his face, from the cover of his Aladdin Sane album, on her side, courtesy of West Hollywood's Mark Mahoney.

Gaga, 29, Snapchatted the inking in progress Saturday night, captioning one shot, "this was the image that changed my life," and another, "Hail Mary full of grace Saint Bowie."

On one she wrote, simply, "Blackstar."

Gaga's affection for Bowie – who died last month at 69, following a battle with cancer – is well-documented.

"When I fell in love with David Bowie, when I was living on the Lower East Side, I always felt that his glamor was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls," she told The Hollywood Reporter shortly before his death.

She continued, "He is a true, true artist and I don't know if I ever went, 'Oh, I'm going to be that way like this,' or if I arrived upon it slowly, realizing it was my calling and that's what drew me to him."
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