Rihanna is indeed one of the most promising young artists of today’s generation. With her talent, no wonder why many young people admire her as an artist. But other than her singing talent, she is also known for her quite a number of her rihanna tattoos.
Just like other celebrities, Rihanna also has explanations to every tattoo she have. Quite interestingly, almost all her tattoos have deep meaning and significance to her both on the personal level and as an artist.
All in all, she has got a total of 21 tattoos ranging from common and familiar symbols to tribal icons. In one article, the pop star admitted her fascination with tattoos, which she considered as her self confessed “addiction”.
But her fascination with tattoos does not end on having them on her body but to the point that she wants to dig deeper on the entire tattooing as a culture. In fact, Rihanna admitted that she’s been studying tattoo for quite sometime now.
She also said that she’s intrigued by the entire concept of tattooing as a significant part of the much bigger culture.
Rihanna’s passion with tattoo began in 2006 when she had her first tattoo done, which is the two musical notes on her foot. This particular tattoo is pretty much connected with her booming musical career.
Her first tattoo was rendered by a famous tattoo artist Bang Bang, who also rendered roughly 13 of her other tattoos. Bang Bang is one of the most popular tattoo artist in the Hollywood today who have rendered tattoos of various Hollywood artists.
Rihanna continued sharing that she so loved tattooing that she don’t mind going along to just have it or go with some friends. She added that she doesn’t care about what other people say about her tattoos.
Interestingly, in 2008, Rihanna had first and so far the only colored tattoo. This was her skull tattoo she got when she was in Miami for a trip in 2008. Traditionally, a skull may imply something toxic or deadly or anything that connotes death and danger. However, Rihanna complemented the design with a touch of pink, making the design a less lot deadly and scary.
This only shows that despite a connotative meaning of a certain object, one can make it much lighter if it is done with a flavor of sweetness and a little bit of femininity.
In that same year, the young singer/songwriter also got a tattoo from her New Zealand trip. This time, it was a dragon’s claw, which is more of a tribal inspired design than the traditional design you would think of from a lady or a typical female pop singer.
That same tattoo is also more of a henna inspired design located on her right hand. Interestingly, the artist’s former lover, Chris Brown, also got the same tattoo but on his right hand as well.
The design was done in a unique method of tattooing by the Maori of New Zealand, which creates an embossed effect and makes the skin much rougher than the smooth feel as to the effect of traditional tattooing methods. Also, the dragon claw has a geometric feel as well.
In an interview, the young singer detailed her experience while having the tattoo done. She said her experience was so terrible in terms of the level of pain. However, apparently, there’s no trace of regret visible on Rihanna’s eyes when she had the tattoo done.
In fact, she said she always wanted to get the tattoo done adding that it (dragon claw) represents love and strength. She goes on to say that it was the Maori’s traditional way of tattooing, which she totally liked.
In October of 2013, she completed the final element of that same tattoo, but this time, incorporating two designs and styles of tattooing. In finalizing the same tattoo, she married the Maori’s tribal concept with the Chevron lines, which creates astonishing design.
In effect, the design creates an abstract feeling of a traditional Indian henna design, more commonly known as Mehindi. Since the design, which maries two different tattooing styles, Rihanna had to hire two tattoo artists who specialized in different tattooing styles.
Along with Bang Bang, who worked on most of her tattoos including her first tattoo, she also collaborated with Cally-Jo to render the design and finish the tattoo. What’s so interesting about the collaboration was that the duo did Rihanna’s tattoo design at the same time.
Cally-Jo tweeted that he spent several hours just drawing different designs until they arrived at the final design where they agreed on. He also said that he was proud to become part of the collaboration.
Following the success of Rihanna’s first three tattoos and the one where two designers have worked on, a few more designs followed featuring different designs and aspect of the singer’s life.
A typical tattoo theme, Rihanna did not let go of this design as she also had a love-inspired tattoo. Written in a straightforward language, this tattoo can only be seen when she’s singing or holding a mic and when she’s raising her middle finger in the air.
Aside from her artistic side as well as her colorful relationship with Chris Brown, Rihanna has also a special relationship with her creator. In fact, she had an Arabic tattoo on the left portion of her ribcage, which is literally translated to English as Freedom in God.
Despite the popular belief that people have with Rihanna, there are still a lot that the people and her fans has to learn about this artist by just looking at her tattoos. True indeed that Rihanna is not only a multi-awarded and talented artist of her generation but also a creative individual who’s bold enough to express what she feels through her tattoo without the fear of what other people might say.
In the end, it is in fact true that we can express our individual creativity and uniqueness through our tattoos.