Rihanna in Trouble over Tattoo Snafu
Imagine you walk into a tattoo parlor and a famous singer like Rihanna is in there. And she’s giving out tattoos. You’d have to get one from her, right? For the rest of your life you can say, “The girl who sang ‘Umbrella’ gave me this umbrella.’”
Well that actually happened. Unfortunately, it’s highly illegal and now the singer is in a wee bit of trouble.
According to E! Online and TMZ, Rihanna walked into the Manhattan tattoo parlor East Side Ink to hang out with her regular tattoo artist named “Bang Bang.” “Bang Bang” decided he wanted to get a tattoo from Rihanna for a change so she made a little umbrella with an “R” under it. Two of the other tattoo artists then decided they wanted one of these tattoos, too, and the singer was more than happy to oblige. The second and third tattoos had the numbers 2 and 3 under them, adding to the highly limited and original nature of the tattoos.
What the singer, and apparently the tattoo parlor employees, didn’t know was “Only licensed tattoo artists can administer tattoos in the city according to the City’s Health Code.” This according to Erin Brady, a spokesperson for the NYC Health Department.
Rihanna could be charged with three misdemeanors for the tattoos, which would carry increasing values of $300. $500 and $1000. Chances are that won’t happen, though.. Someone would have to complain and these employees probably won’t.