Scorpion tattoos like the one recently inked onto broadcaster David Dimbleby's shoulder sometimes serve as a symbol of being HIV positive in the gay community, it has emerged.
Question Time host Dimbleby, 75, achieved a lifetime's ambition by having the body art filmed for his latest TV documentary series.
The married father-of-four said he chose the scorpion because it matches his star sign, adding it was "sitting on my shoulder ready to attack my enemies".
David Dimbleby has had a scorpion etched on his shoulder
The scorpion symbol is also reportedly one of several “biohazard” signs used in the gay community which HIV positive males commonly have inked on their bodies.
The sting in the tail is said to represent the virus. Other popular designs include the nuclear symbol.
Conley, a sociologist, told the channel he was aware of between 45 and 60 other gay men in online forums who had scorpion or biohazard symbols to denote their HIV status.
"Basically saying, 'I'm positive and you need to know that, especially if we're going to engage in any intimate relation' - it has that meaning," he said.
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article there has been much debate about the symbolism of scorpion tattoos in the gay community.
Lisa Power, policy director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, told Metro: "It’s important to remember you can’t tell if someone is HIV positive through a tattoo or a secret sign, the only way you can know is by them telling you.
"You shouldn’t try and second guess things like this."
Meanwhile, Matthew Hodson, chief executive of GMFA told Pink News he had not heard of scorpion tattoos being used this way in gay communities before, but added: “Most people with HIV don’t tell all of their sexual partners. If you’ve had a bad reaction in the past it makes it harder to say the next time.
"And although some gay men choose to ink their status, fierce and unapologetic, on their skin, the majority of us don’t."
The former PM boasted an anchor on his right arm.
Orwell had tattoo marks on the backs of his hands. The tattoos were blue spots in the shape of small grapefruits on each knuckle.
The wife of the PM has a dolphin on her right ankle.
"I was very, very drunk. It was a very, very long time ago, when only sailors and Hell's Angels were tattooed, honestly, and prisoners," Mirren told US TV's Good Morning America in 2010.
Connery had "Scotland Forever" and "Mum and Dad' etched onto his skin during his three years in the Navy.
Kendall got her first inking done at the age of 63 and now has two. A star represents her younger son and a moon surrounded by feathers is a tribute to her elder son and grandchildren. Last year she also revealed she planned to have a turtle etched on her shoulder.
Britton had her first tattoos - two butterflies on her stomach - at the age of 53. The presenter said she had been inspired by Felicity Kendall's skin art.
1999's Butterfly Art Barbie flaunted a tattoo on her tummy. Following complaints from concerned parents, it was discontinued the same year and now periodically surfaces on eBay.
FDR reportedly bore a tattoo of his family crest on his chest.
Not so unlikely but we had to get it in somewhere - Jackass joker Steve-O had his own likeness etched on his back. And instantly regretted it.