From what can be seen on Rihanna’s body, she has 22 tattoos. But who ever really knows except for the singer? She has said time and time again that she loves to hang out in tattoo shops, and that she is intrigued by tattoos. For the singer, tattoos are an entire culture, and she tries her best to study them. Bang Bang is an artist who is responsible for 12 of her tattoos, giving him the top spot as Rihanna’s personal tattoo artist. Let’s take a look at her body art and the meanings of her tattoos.
1. The Stars
Rihanna has two stars tattoos on her body. One of them is very much visible, as the stars run down from her neck to her back. She also has a star tattooed inside her ear, which is less visible. She has never explained the true meaning of the stars, but one can safely assume it has some connection with Chris Brown. After all, the hip-hop singer also has stars on his body, and the two dated for quite a while. The one inside her ear, on the other hand, is a symbol for her friendship with her best friend. They both got in 2006, when her friend from Barbados visited her.
2. Musical Note
The very first tattoo Rihanna made is the musical note she inked in 2006. The two music notes are located on her left foot. One is a sixteenth note, and the other is treble clef. The tattoos appeared just as Rihanna was starting her musical career and musical journey. That is why people believe the tattoos represent her beginning in the music industry.
3. The Falcon
Rihanna replaced the musical notes on her foot with a tattoo of a large Egyptian falcon in June 2012. She shared the picture on Twitter, and according to the tattoo artist that did the ink, the falcon was actually the first tattoo she wanted as a teen, and back then, Rihanna wanted to cover her back with it. When she finally did it in 2012, she shared it with the caption “Falcon: a light that shines in the darkness! Never close their eyes during sleep.”
Many thought that the bird is inked in a way to look a lot like a handgun. Rihanna told Oprah the meaning of her tattoo, saying, “Back in the day, they would carve into the walls and they would carve a falcon, because they didn’t have another way of saying a king in the sky.”
The skull with a bow on her ankle is the only colored tattoo Rihanna has. All other inks are black, while the skull with a cross bone is colored in pink. The reason for the pink color is to neutralize the meaning of the skull, which is danger. This is the seventh tattoo Rihanna received, and she got it in 2008.
5. Pisces Symbol
In 2006, when she was starting her musical career, Rihanna also got the Pisces symbol tattooed on her body. This symbol is located just underneath her ear. It is a rare astrology related tattoo on her body, and was done by a Brazilian artist. She was lucky to get the tattoo done, since the artist that made it books his clients three years in advance. Luckily for Rihanna, they were both in Tokyo at the same time, and the artist was available.
6. The R
This tattoo is very much self-explanatory. Located on her back, on the left side, the “R” stands for her stage name, Rihanna. Her real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.