She told Yahoo! omg Insider: ''It must be love to be honest. When I'm away from him, I guess he can just take a look at his arm and remind him of me, so it's a lovely compliment, really. I love it, it's lovely.''
Zayn, 20, added the inking to his extensive array of body art in June and tattoo artist John Garancheski - who had the honour of designing the anime-like artwork - previously revealed the loved-up 'Best Song Ever' hitmaker was adamant about getting a tattoo inspired by his girlfriend.
He said: ''He wasn't pushy. He was like, 'I really want this and I'd like you to do it'. He showed me a picture of his girlfriend, Perrie, and he was like, 'I kind of want it to look like her, but not to be her, to kind of be like a comic-style version of her.' ''
The One Direction star first met Perrie, 20, backstage at 'The X Factor' in 2011 and the couple have been together for nearly 18 months.