Adam Levine Says His Black Rose Face Tattoo Was Fake: I'm 'Too Vain' for That

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Adam Levine Behati Prinsloo
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Adam Levine is coming clean about his latest tattoo.

Earlier this week, the 42-year-old Maroon 5 singer debuted what appeared to be some brand new body art on his face while in Miami and on a red carpet with wife Behati Prinsloo. There, the rocker was seen with a single black rose tattooed down his left temple.

In an Instagram Story post on Wednesday, Levine addressed the tattoo, revealing that it was fake as he showed off his ink-free face.

"This message is for my mother: I do not have a tattoo on my face," Levine began. "Those who know me know I'm too vain. I'm too f------ vain to get a tattoo on my face."

"I'll tattoo the rest of this, but no. The face has got to stay the same," he added.

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Adam Levine/Instagram
Adam Levine/Instagram

Adam Levine/Instagram

Levine's temporary tattoo appeared to be a nod to the new rose-hued tequila he and Prinsloo, 33, launched earlier this year — Calirosa Tequila.

While tequila is typically aged in whiskey barrels, pink tequila is aged in red wine barrels, which gives it its rose-colored hue.

"Adam and I love Mexico and first tried a pink tequila when we were in there three or four years ago. We were blown away. I had never heard of tequila being aged in red wine barrels so I was thinking, 'This is crazy! Do they dye it?'" Prinsloo previously told PEOPLE.

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Levine added multiple new tattoos to his ever-growing collection this past year. He debuted a butterfly on his neck in October, and in August, the "Love Somebody" singer spent 13 hours over the course of two days getting an intricate Japanese-inspired design inked on his right leg by tattoo artist Bill Canales.

The musician's passion for tattoos runs deep — he has over two full sleeves on his arms and more than a dozen other designs inked across his body.

"Tattoos wind up being this strange road map or narrative over the years," he told PEOPLE in 2013 for his Sexiest Man Alive cover. "They always remind me of this long, weird, awesome journey life has been."