Chris Brown set off much head-scratching when he debuted his most recent tattoo on Aug. 30, featuring what many people believed was an illustration of a beaten woman that looked suspiciously like his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. Brown’s representatives dismissed the claims days ago, but now the 23-year-old singer’s tattoo artist is speaking out too.
“I hate when people misinterpret what I do,” said Peter Koskela, an experienced tattoo artist from Southern California who has tattooed stars like Brandy, Sean Kingston and Brown’s girlfriend, Karrueche Tran. “It was really a blow to me to think that people would think so little of a person, that I would actually put a picture of a beaten woman on his neck. That was crazy to me, that he would come to me and say, ‘Hey, I want Rihanna’s face on me.’
Brown’s tattoo, which can be seen on the right side of the singer’s neck, features a black and white drawing of a woman’s face, with what appear to be scars across her cheek, and stitches over her mouth. According to his reps, the tattoo is based on a Mexican religious image called a “sugar skull,” reported the Daily News.
“His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw,” Brown’s rep told ABC News. “It is not Rihanna or an abused woman, as erroneously reported.”