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Bad Gal RiRi loves to express her personal style through the art of tattoos. Here's a definitive list of her current inkings and the story behind each one.
In September 2016, celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang inked RiRi’s shark tattoo - reportedly in Drake’s Miami dressing room. Rumour has it, the inking was inspired by a stuffed shark Drizzy got for Rihanna during a date at an aquarium in Toronto.
Rihanna decided to commemorate the year she was born with a Gothic-style '1988' tattoo. The inking was by Rihanna's frequent tattoo artist, Bang Bang.
The underside of Rihanna's wrist is decorated with an elaborate cross design, also by Bang Bang. The singer reportedly entered his New York studio at midnight and didn't emerge until 5am proudly displaying her new tatt, which symbolises her faith.
Reportedly unhappy with her traditional Maori tattoo, Rihanna flew her go-to tattoo artist, Bang Bang, out to the Dominican Republic to cover her hand and wrist with an impressive henna-style mandala inking.
Whilst on tour in New Zealand, Rihanna received a custom inking by way of the traditional Maori Ta Moko 'stick and poke' technique, which involves a chisel and mallet embedding the ink into the skin. Ouch!
An iconic symbol of feminine beauty, Nefertiti was inked on Rihanna's ribcage in 2013.
Rihanna decorated her chest with the wingspan of Egyptian Goddess Isis, who was worshiped as the ideal mother and wife. The tattoo, which Ri picked up in London's Soho area, is a memorial to her to her beloved grandmother, Dolly.
Rihanna's gun-shaped falcon tattoo was inspired by a 2,300-year-old faience falcon that is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Inked once again by Bang Bang, Ri used design to cover up her first ever tattoo, a pair of music notes.
This small, fine cross on Rihanna's collarbone is another tattoo dedicated to her belief in God. The inking is said to be small enough for Ri to cover it up with jewellery if she wants to conceal it. Controversy initially surrounded this tattoo due to its link to the Illuminati and the Freemasons.
Rihanna's lower back tattoo translates to the word for "lover" in Tibetan. While Ri is yet to publicly disclose what the tattoo means to her, it is assumed that it represents the people she loves and the people in her life who love her.
In January 2012, Rihanna was tatted with "Thug Life" across her knuckles by artist Mark Mahoney with semi-permanent white ink. The inking is a tribute to legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. As with many white ink tattoos, this design disappeared over time.
Translating to “rebel flower”, many people questioned whether the phrase should say “fleur rebelle“ in order to be grammatically correct. However, RiRi cleared this up with her tattoo artist Bang Bang, saying: "Rebelle Fleur translates to rebel flower, NOT rebelious flower, its 2 nouns so in that case fleur does not HAVE to be first!"
Written in Arabic, the script on Rihanna's lower ribcage reads “Al Hurria fi Al Maseeh” which translates into “Freedom in God.”
Rihanna apparently flew her tattoo artist Bang Bang from New York to L.A. just so she could get this little pistol tattoo. While this controversial inking initially faced criticism for promoting violence, Bang Bang said it simply represents the singer's strength and power.
Rihanna's self-motivational tattoo represents her “motto in life for everything,” according to the singer. It's written backwards on her skin because she wanted to be able to read it in the mirror.
Ri's geometric claw tattoo marked her first experience of the traditional chiselling technique of the Maori people of New Zealand. It represents aroha (love) and mana (strength) and matches her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s tattoo on the same hand.
In June 2008, Rihanna got the birthday of her best friend and manager, Melissa Forde, inked on her shoulder in Roman numerals. Forde got the same tattoo with Rihanna's birthday tattoed on her as well.
Another well-known inking of Rihanna's is her "Shhh" finger tattoo. This tattoo, which has been copied by many over time, is a nod to Rihanna's comical side - in many photos, Bad Gal can be seen silently shushing the camera.
Complimenting Rihanna's famous "Shhh" finger tattoo is her discreet 'Love' tatt, written in cursive writing on her opposite hand. Ri picked this inking up in LA in 2008.
One of Rihanna's most visible and well-known tattoos is the trail of stars cascading down her neck and back. Starting off with just a few tiny stars on her neck, her tattoo artist Bang Bang added a longer trail of different sized stars, both outlined and filled in. This tatt matches her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s neck tattoo.
Her only colour tattoo to date, Rihanna got this petite inking done in Miami in 2008. Placed on her left ankle, the pink and red bow is said to make the notorious skull and crossbones seem more feminine and sweet.
This Sanskrit prayer on Ri's hip was supposed to translate to “forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control”, a quote from the Sanatana Dharma. Unfortunately, the tattoo was misspelled and actually translates to “long suffering, truthfulness, self-restraint, inward calm, fear and fearlessness”.
Rihanna picked up matching tattoos with her best friend whilst in New York City. “My best friend from Barbados was here so we had to do something crazy," said the star, "She got one too."
Another early inking of Ri's is the symbol for Pisces, her astrological sign, behind her right ear. It was done by a famous Brazilian artist who makes his clients book three years in advance - lucky for Ri, they were in Tokyo at the same time and she got it done there and then.
Rihanna got her first ever tattoo in 2006. The wo music notes - a treble clef and sixteenth note - were inspired by her love of music and her early days in the music industry.