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Collection : Amy Winehouse Tattoos

She's already had enough tattoos to put a heavy metal rocker to shame, but Amy Winehouse's latest body etching appears to be her strangest yet. The troubled singer, 24, was spotted showing off an American eagle behind a stars-and-stripes ankh cross as she left her London home yesterday. As the king of birds, the eagle symbolises might and spiritual growth.

The Egyptian hieroglyph symbol of the ankh cross means eternal life and is a popular etching for many celebrities, including Dennis Rodman, Shaquille O'Neal and Erykah Badu. Winehouse decided to get the tattoo last month in a bid to boost her confidence as she struggles to overcome her drug troubles and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil's jailing.

It is believed Winehouse spent several hours under the needle at her favourite tattooist's parlour in Camden Town, North London. Earlier this month, Winehouse was forced to cover up her topless woman tattoo when she performed at the Grammys so as not to upset any prudish audiences. Instead of covering the busty lady with make-up, Winehouse drew a bra on her with black felt-tip pen.

Her mother Janis recently admitted she hated the tattoos and blamed the influence of Fielder-Civil, who has the word "Amy" tattooed behind his ear. Janis told the Sunday Mirror: "She'd never taken class As before she met Blake. And that's when the tattoos went bananas, too. That dreadful one saying 'Blake's' on her breast - I hate that.

"It was like when Amy got her Daddy's Girl tattoo. She asked me, 'Do you want me to get mummy tattooed, too?' I said, 'No, don't worry'. That's not my thing." Winehouse is currently receiving outpatient rehab treatment at the Capio Nightingale Clinic in North London.