Simone Ashley: "Bridgerton" Star and, Apparently, Self-Taught Tattoo Artist

Once baking banana bread and tie-dyeing shirts wore thin, Simone Ashley moved onto a slightly edgier pandemic hobby in 2020: tattooing herself.

The "Bridgerton" star discussed becoming an at-home ink connoisseur during a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" appearance on March 28, revealing that she's not only tatted herself but also a few of her former castmates. After purchasing a rotary tattoo pen online, a process she described as "surprisingly easy," she went down a Google rabbit hole for tutorials and landed on a rather unexpected source.

"I found this video, and it was like, 'Oh, you can use this deodorant stick, it has a chemical reaction on the transfer paper,'" she said. "I was like, 'Oh, this guy is using some really interesting stuff.' Then I looked at the username, and it was called . . . there's an inmate making videos in prison." Still thinking it was a "fab idea," Ashley followed his instructions and tattooed an Egyptian sphinx just above her left inner ankle. The results are quite impressive, if we do say so ourselves.

In additional to the mythical creature, Ashley also has another tattoo on her opposite ankle — a horned animal skull — although she didn't address whether that one was self-given or professionally done. The British actor has no other tattoos that we know of, but we've caught glimpses of both of her ankle tats a few times when she stepped out for public appearances. Take a zoomed-in look at Ashley's artistic handiwork ahead, and then read up on everything you need to know about the hair and makeup moments in "Bridgerton" season two.

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Simone Ashley Discussing Her Tattoos on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Simone Ashley's Sphinx Tattoo
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Simone Ashley's Sphinx Tattoo

She offered a close-up look at the mythical creature design during her "Jimmy Kimmel Live" appearance.

Simone Ashley's Animal-Skull Tattoo
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Simone Ashley's Animal-Skull Tattoo

Ashley's horned animal-skull tattoo is much darker and more defined than the sphinx design and is positioned just above her right ankle.