Rihanna Tattoo: Singer Gets Inked In New Zealand

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Rihanna Tattoo:  Singer Gets Inked In New Zealand
Rihanna Tattoo: Singer Gets Inked In New Zealand
Rihanna Grimaces as She Gets Painful Maori Tattoo

25-year-old international icon & singer Rihanna has wrapped up her tour in New Zealand and has decided to take home a permanent souvenir in the form of an authentic Maori tattoo. Regular tattoos have their own moderate threshold of pain, but the Maori way for giving tattoos remains traditional: mallet, chisel, and ink dye. (Ew!)

At this point in her life, Rihanna has amassed quite a bit of body art, but she is a far cry from becoming the next Kat Von D. The singer of “Rude Boy” got a rude awakening of her own as the visibly grimaced from the pain of the tattooing process. The new art was placed on her right hand a few inches above the wrist and extending down to finger nails.

Struggling: The intricate design featured lines and symbols going from the top of Rihanna's fingers down to the middle of her forearm
Struggling: The intricate design featured lines and symbols going from the top of Rihanna’s fingers down to the middle of her forearm

The parlor who had to honor of giving the starlet the tattoo was Auckland’s Moko Ink studio. It should be noted that parlors that give tattoos to the stars gain “street cred” and are able to generate additional business from the attention.

The series of dashes and carrot symbols are an inscription of some meaning in the Maori language called “Ta Moko”. The meaning is said to be unique to the bearer. She has not revealed what the tattoo means to her.

Painful: Rihanna's swollen, weeping knuckles are seen before the singer uses a paper towel to wipe off the blood from her hand
Painful: Rihanna’s swollen, weeping knuckles are seen before the singer uses a paper towel to wipe off the blood from her hand

On The Web:
Hardcore! Rihanna grimaces as she gets a Maori tribal tattoo inked the traditional way… with a chisel and mallet
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2450956/Rihanna-grimaces-gets-Maori-tribal-tattoo-inked-traditional-way–chisel-mallet.html

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