Gird your loins against swooning, Ryan Gosling may have just done something that will make you re-melt all over him. Or it may turn him off you completely. It's a 50/50 risk, so proceed with caution.

Gosling has reportedly had his daughter's name tattooed on his hand, after he was spotted with the shortened version of her first name 'Esme' inked on the knuckles of his left hand.

Gosling and Eva Mendes welcomed their six-month-old baby girl, Esmeralda Amada, into the world last September and made no attempt to hide the letters after enjoying a lunch date with friends at Little Dom's in Los Feliz, Los Angeles on Friday. It is not yet known if the markings are permanent or whether they were drawn on with pen, as Gosling previously admitted all of his tattoos look 'homemade' and 'ridiculous.'

Speaking in 2007, the actor, who also has a tattoo of a barcode on his left wrist and a picture of a monster's hand dropping a bloody heart on his left forearm, also said: 'A tattoo should never be meaningful, because at a certain point you're going to hate it, and it might as well make you laugh.'

Gosling's not the only new dad to get inked in honour of a child this week, as Kanye stepped into a tattoo parlour in London after the Brits and came out with North West's date of birth across his wrists.