In addition to that huge and instantly recognisable voice, Amy Winehouse very much had her own aesthetic.
Often imitated but never duplicated to the same effect, the singer’s distinct rockabilly style also incorporated several intricate and personal tattoos.
There was the pocket on her chest, a bird on her forearm, a horsehoe with writing and two pin-up girls on each of her upper arms.
It’s the pin-up girl on her right shoulder which has once again captured the public’s imagination, six years after her death.
London-based tattooist Henry Hate has recounted the first time the jazz singer visited his shop and revealed the beautiful story behind the design.
It’s an encounter Henry remembers clearly.
“She came into my shop one Monday about 20 minutes before closing time,” he told The Guardian .
“I had just finished and she was alone. She was about a foot shorter and 60 pounds lighter than I had thought: petite and quite shy too.
“I remember thinking it was strange because I had just bought her CD Frank because I liked the track Stronger Than Me.”
Amy had bought in a copy of the reference book, 1000 Pin-Up Girls, and was tearing pages from it. The book happened to also be one Henry’s personal favourites.
The book was to provide inspiration for a tattoo she wanted done to pay tribute to her paternal grandmother, Cynthia.
Cynthia had also been a singer who had reportedly dated famous English jazz saxophonist, Ronnie Scott.
Henry continued: “She told me exactly what tattoo she wanted in honour of her nan. She was very direct. I just called my partner and warned him I was going to be late.
“As we talked, we really did click. She was funny. I even let her smoke in the shop.”
Amy didn’t want an exact replica of a pin-up girl. Instead, she wanted a “cruder, traditional tattoo” with “va va voom.”
To convey successfully what her grandmother had looked like in her youth, she brought in images of Sophia Loren to show Henry.
“She was a kind of beacon for Amy. It was only later on in our friendship she showed me a photo of Cynthia in her youth and I could see she had been a real head-turner,” he added.
Amy had been incredibly close to Cynthia. It was she who encouraged Amy’s parents to send her to the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School.
Those close to Amy – her father Mitch included – believed it was Cynthia’s death in 2006 which may have contributed to Amy’s drugs and alcohol abuse.
Never to be replicated.
There was no way of Henry knowing that the design would become one of the most famous tattoos in the world at that time.
In a recent Instagram post he described those who copy it for profit as “pieces of sh*t”.
He now refuses to reproduce it – despite the volume of requests he gets from clients.
“Fans sometimes come into my shop to ask me to tattoo her image. I don’t do it. For some people she is a caricature, an image. The girl I knew is the one that came into my shop all those times with not enough money on her phone.”