January 16, 2010:
Having lost custody of her teenage daughter, Courtney Love might be expected to tone down her wild behavior and perform the role of modern mother.
But the widow of Kurt Cobain is never predictable - and it wasn't her estrangement from daughter Frances Bean that made her grimace yesterday, it was a trip to the tattoo parlor.
The widow of Kurt Cobain increased her collection of body art with a series of flower tattoos on her arms, breasts, chest and back.
She posted photos of the process on her Twitter page, as she sat in the studio chair.
The pictures show a semi-naked Love covering her modesty with one hand as she displays two flowers on her right shoulder, one on her right breast, more on her chest and one on her left arm. The tattooist can also be seen working on her back.
Love is make-up free in the shots, with messy hair and dark shadows under her eyes.
Love's 17-year-old daughter was placed under the temporary guardianship of her grandmother, Wendy O'Connor, and his sister, Kimberly Dawn Cobain, in December, giving rise to speculation that she had had a drug relapse.
Love's lawyer insists his former drug addict client is completely 'clean', but the reasons behind the change of custody are not clear, but that it was teenager Frances decision.
And it doesn't appear that the two are likely to be reconciled soon. Love later took to her Facebook page to express her annoyance at her only child.
She wrote: 'I hate to sound cold but any kid of mine who pulls this s**t has lost her position... she was deceptive, she lied and she's lying to herself... My daughter is not always honest.'
The former Hole singer is currently promoting her new solo album Nobody's Daughter.
That title might appear ironic but is actually a reference to her own difficult upbringing.
A social-services report details the eight different institutions where she was held in care between 1978 and 1980.
In recent months, Love has been criticized for rambling online postings that have attacked a former bandmember and others.