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Rihanna Tattoos

Updated on April 16, 2012

R&B superstar, Rihanna, or to give her full name, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has become well known, not only for her music, but also for her regular appearances in the media for more controversial reasons. Perhaps, despite her ‘butter wouldn’t melt in my mouth’ appearance, the ‘rude girl’ tag is far more appropriate than many would have us believe. Because of this, it shouldn’t really surprise us to see so many Rihanna tattoos in her publicity photographs.

In fact, it is thought that Rihanna has over 15 tattoos, some in places that most of us will never get to see, but there are more visible Rihanna tattoos that we do know about.

Some of the most controversial of all her tattoos is the ‘thug life’ tattoo which is inked onto her knuckles. These were apparently done as her personal tribute to Tupac Shakur, the late rap star who was killed during a drive by shooting in 1996. However, it can also mean someone who has lived a tough life and has overcome it and won in their battles. It is well documented that Rihanna saw many of those close to her taking hard drugs when she was younger and saw domestic violence within her own family, so this may have added to her reasons for having this tattoo.

Rihanna Star Tattoos

Perhaps the best known of all Rihanna’s tattoos, is the trail of stars which starts on the back of her neck and tails off as it goes down her shoulder blade. This tattoo actually started off as just a few simple stars, but she has gradually added more of these and they now form a distinctive and attractive pattern on her back. Stars seem to be one of Rihanna’s favourite tattoos as she also has one inside her ear.

Rihanna's 'Trail of Stars' tattoo
Rihanna's 'Trail of Stars' tattoo

Rihanna’s Shoulder Tattoo

Much speculation has been made about the set of Roman numerals tattoo on Rihanna’s left shoulder. Deciphered, these read 4/11/1986. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many have presumed that this is Rihanna’s birthday, however, that is Feb 20th 1988. In fact, it is the birthday of her manager and best friend, Melissa Forde.

It isn’t just on her neck and shoulders that Rihanna has tattoos though. One of the largest goes all the way down the side of her body and onto her hip. This is a Sanskrit prayer, although Rihanna is not believed to follow any Eastern religion.

Other Rihanna tattoos include the word ‘Shhh’ tattooed on her index finger and a small musical note which is tattooed on her left ankle.

There is no doubt at all that Rihanna is a very attractive woman, and to date, it seems that any Rihanna tattoos have served only to accentuate that. Let’s hope that this continues and that her tattoo obsession doesn’t go too far and detract from her beauty.


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