Rihanna's Tattoos

Barbadian singer, actress, and fashion designer.

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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.

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September 1, 2016 · Shark tattoo inked on RiRi's left ankle, inked by Bang Bang. see

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“1988” inked in a bold black Gothic font encircling RiRi's right ankle, inked by Bang Bang. see

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January 11, 2015 · Christian cross on the inner of the superstar's right wrist, by Bang Bang. see

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October 27, 2013 · Rihanna had her latest maori tattoo cover it up with a new ornamental tattoo designed by Bang Bang and Cally-Jo. see

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October 2013 · Rihanna added a second Maori tattoo to her collection. The traditional Ta Moko tattoo features a series of small black lines and chevrons that extend from the fingers on the artist’s right hand all the way to her wrist. It was done by Inia Taylor. see

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February of 2012 · Nefertiti's bust tattoo on Rihanna's left side. see

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September 2012 · Portrait of the goddess Isis inked across the star's sternum and under her breasts. The tattoo was courtesy of Valerie Vargas. see

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June 2012 · Egyptian falcon tattoo inked on the inside of Rihanna's right ankle, by Bang Bang. see

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March 2012 · The artist got a hip/butt tattoo saying "lover" in Tibetan. see

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March 15, 2012 Tiny christian cross tattoo on RiRi's left collarbone, by Bang Bang. see

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January 25, 2012 · Rihanna's tattoo across her knuckles reads “Thug Life” in capital letters, and is a tribute to the late Tupac Shakur. It was inked by popular tattoo artist Mark Mahoney. see

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"Rebelle fleur" tattoo on the neck. see

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December 2009 · Rihanna’s collarbone tattoo reads “Never a failure, always a lesson” and is printed backwards on her skin in cursive writing. see

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March 2009 · Small gun tattoo across the superstar's ribcage just below her right armpit, inked by Bang Bang. see

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November 2008 · While in a tour around New Zealand Rihanna got a geometric tribal tattoo on her right hand. The tattoo is maori style dragon claw complete with tiny little hibiscus flowers that extend up her wrist, and represents aroha (love) and mana (strength). see

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In June 2008, Rihanna got the birthday of her best friend and manager, Melissa Forde, inked on the top of her left shoulder. She choose to get it done in roman numerals, XI•IV•LXXXVI. The artist behind the needle was Rob-G. see

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June 2008 · Rihanna's "Shhh..." tattoo on the index finger of her right hand was done by Bang Bang. Several celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Lily Allen and Neymar have copied this tattoo. see

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"Love" tattoo on the singer's middle finger of her left hand. The tat was inked in L.A. in 2008 by an artist that Rihanna has used before. see

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RiRi has a cartoonish skull and crossbones adorned with a pink hair bow on her right Achilles tendon. The tattoo was inked during a stay in Miami in 2008. see

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Rihanna’s back of the neck tattoo was inked in 2008, and began as a simple design consisting of a few tiny stars, some of which were outlined and some of which were filled in with black ink. It was started by a tattoo artist in L.A. The stars match former boyfriend Chris Brown’s trio of stars behind his ear. Shortly after, the trail of stars was extended in New York by her favourite tattoo artist – Bang Bang. see

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Arabic phrase which translates approximately to “Freedom in Christ.” see

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August 2006 · Rihanna got a tattoo of a star outline inside of her left ear. see

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Sanskrit prayer that lines Rihanna's hip, extending from her waist to just above her butt on the right side of her body. The tattoo meant to quote “forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control” from the Sanatana Dharma (a holy Hindu scripture) Bhagavad Gita 10.4-5. It was inked by Bang Bang. see

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RiRi got the symbol for her astrological sign, pisces, inked behind her right ear. It was tattooed by a Brazilian tattoo artist who usually has a three-year wait list. She met the artist on a promotional trip to Tokyo, so she got to cut the line. see

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Rihanna’s relationship with tattoos began in 2006 when the superstar got a treble clef and a sixteenth note on the upper inside part of her right foot. Six years later she covered up the tattoo with a egyptian falcon. see

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