Peter Koskela, Chris Brown Tattoo Artist, Speaks Out, Says Tattoos ‘Don’t Support Domestic Violence’

Peter Koskela, Chris Brown Tattoo Artist, Speaks Out, Says Tattoos ‘Don’t Support Domestic Violence’

Chris Brown Rihanna TattooChris 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.”

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