Chris Brown Claims Neck Tattoo is Not Rihanna
When Chris Brown stepped out with a new neck tattoo, everyone was quick to accuse him of getting a tattoo of Rihanna’s beaten face. When you compare tattoo to the photos of Rihanna that were taken after the infamous beating incident side by side (I will not, for the purposes of this article, but they’re very easy to find), it’s not hard to see where the allegations come from.
Whether or not the tattoo is of Rihanna, it certainly looks like a drawing of a woman with a black eye, a broken nose, and a split lip – not an appropriate tattoo for anyone, but even more chilling on Chris Brown.
Now, Brown has come out defending his new ink and saying that the picture is not of what you think it’s of.
“I’m an artist and this is art. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead),” Brown explained on Twitter.
A rep for the singer told TMZ that the tattoo is of a sugar skull (a stylized skull that is sometimes mixed with a woman’s face, imagery associated with the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos) and not of an abused woman. The woman’s face is based off a MAC cosmetics design.
The explanation seems reasonable, but Chris still would’ve been better off choosing a picture that didn’t so closely resemble the woman he abused. Or better still, avoiding associating himself with imagery that evokes both women and death altogether.