This steamy GQ video got me thinking about Rihanna‘s tattoos. Did you know she has 18 of them? I had no idea! If you’ve never seen them all up close and personal, here’s your chance!
PS. Her regular tattoo parlour is Bang Bang Tattoos on 26 Clinton Street, in the Lower East Side in New York City.
Pronounced kṣamā satyaṃ damaḥ śamaḥ bhayaṃ cābhayam eva ca – these words from the Gita written in Devanagari mean “Forgiveness, Honesty, Suppression and Control.” (Unfortunately whoever did RiRi’s tattoo apparently made a few mistakes!)
Pronounced Al-horriya fi maseeh – these words mean “the freedom in Messiah or freedom is God”
The date 4.11.1986 (April 11, 1986) is her best friend and assistant, Melissa Forde‘s birthday. Melissa got the same tattoo of Rhianna’s Birthday just after her.
She got this one in New Zealand and explained, “It’s tribal. It represents strength and love. It’s their traditional way of tattooing. I always wanted one… but it hurt like hell!”
Rihanna often wears a miniature gun pendant necklace, she had the weapon etched across her ribcage.
This empowering message appears to be entirely for her own benefit because it’s been etched on back to front so she’ll be able to take read it in the mirror.
That’s French for “rebellious flower” but there’s some disagreement about whether it’s grammatically correct!
Thug Life was Tu Pac’s mantra. Rihanna tweeted that she got it in Tibetan this time.
The Egyptian falcon is flying in the shape of a handgun. Rihanna explained on Twitter, ‘Falcon: a light that shines in the darkness! Never close their eyes during sleep.
Rihanna’s grandmother died last July after a long battle with cancer. She dedicated her new body art to GranGranDolly on Twitter. She is said to symbolize the eternal mother, friend to slaves, sinners and the helpless.
Wow. Kinda makes me want to get another one. Do you have a tattoo? Tell me about it in the comments below and don’t forget to tell me which one of Rihanna’s is your fave!