Musician are artist, and often they seek to express themselves in other ways than the rhymes and melodies found in their songs. Star-crossed ex-lovers Rihanna and Chris Brown typically express themselves through new tattoos. Given their violent history, his latest tat might be seen as kind of creepy.
The 23-year-old singer put the ink on display during an event in Las Vegas earlier this month.
The face structure, arched eyebrows and plump lips certainly bear a resemblance Rihanna, and the design has eerie echoes of the shocking picture that emerged of the We Found Love singer after he brutally assaulted her in 2009.
But sources close to Chris insist any similarities are purely coincidental, telling TMZ: “It’s a random woman.”
A rep for Brown told ABC News that the tattoo is not Rihanna, it’s a Mexican sugar skull (candy and toys for Mexico’s Nov. 1 Day of the Dead parties) and similar to a MAC cosmetics design Brown saw.
Even if the bizarre tattoo is an unintentional reminder of that night, the fact that Brown found this particular image of a beaten woman to be so profound and meaningful that he wanted to ink it into his oft-photographed neck is deeply unsettling at least.
Brown’s post-assault life has been erratic, with not only chart-topping albums and Grammy awards but also a volley of alternately repentant and villainous behavior in his personal life. This, however, suggests that one thing Brown might truly need in his life is someone to tell him that tattooing a portrait of a bloodied woman who looks like the very famous ex he savagely beat might be, well, a bad idea.
Tattoo artist Peter Koskela said Brown brought in the design he wanted.
The pair have sort of reconciled since the assault. They’ve been spotted together on occasional dates, and she told Oprah in an interview last month that she sometimes misses him.
She, meanwhile, has just gotten a huge tattoo of a winged Egyptian goddess splayed across her torso under her breasts, according to New York’s Daily News.
Rihanna showed it off in a photo from her Instagram account Sunday night, with her hands covering her nipples. The tattoo is a depiction of Isis, the Egyptian goddess of motherhood and fertility. It’s meant to be a tribute to her late grandmother, Clara (Dolly) Brathwaite, who died of cancer July 1.
“Goddess Isis — Complete Woman — Model for future generations — #GRANGRANDOLLY,” she wrote in the caption. “Always in and on my heart.”
Rihanna, who touched down at LAX yesterday after a trip to London, opened up about her complicated feelings for her ex to Oprah Winfrey last month, calling him “the love of my life.”
She confirmed they still have a ‘very close friendship’ and added she felt sympathy for him in the wake of the infamous violent attack that left her in hospital.
She explained: “I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help.”
“The main thing for me is that he is at peace,” she continued. “I’m not at peace if he is unhappy or he is still lonely. I care. It actually matters that he finds peace.”
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