She is a wealthy superstar with millions and a following too large to count. With 20 million albums and 60 million singles, four Grammy awards, five American Music awards and eighteen Billboard Music Awards under her belt, she is one of the best selling artists of all time. She is Barbados’s native, Rihanna.
Even with all this, it appears as if there is one thing that this young superstar did not have, at least until recently. A tattoo of the words “Thug Life” etched on her oh so feminine knuckles. We saw it, along with millions of others in her tweet. Sporting a John Lennon T-shirt, and looking proud, Ri displayed her knuckles for us all to see.
Is it Authentic or a Fake?
The jury is still out as to whether or not the rock superstar Rihanna’s new tattoo is real or an exceptionally keen imposter. The tattoo, created by tattoo artist BangBang is apparently in honor of the late slain rapper Tupac Shakur, who had the same words imprinted on his stomach. Bold and bright, this tattoo or tattoo look-a-like, is a truly strong pink statement. Some say that this cannot possibly be real but who knows for sure.
There may be an eyewitness who could speak to the authenticity of Rihanna’s latest work of art. Apparently, Machetestar Danny Trejo happened to be in the tattoo parlor when Ri was getting her new tattoo. He noted: “[She] didn’t stop saying thug life the whole time she was getting it done. [She is] one of the downest female thugs in the world. If I was 40 years younger she would be in a lot of trouble.”
Tattoos Here, There, Everywhere
Rihanna is no beginner when it comes to body ink. With fifteen other inked designs on her body, we would not put it past this tattoo loving diva to do such a thing. After all, she rocked her followers in when she proudly displayed her ribcage inked with a gun in 2009. This followed shortly on the heels of her public fiasco with her ex Chris Brown. The superstar’s hip also bears a Sanatana Dharma Sanskrit prayer, a musical note charms her ankle, and the word “love” is on her middle finger. She has a tribal tattoo on her hand and a Pisces symbol hiding behind her right ear. Tattoo master designer BangBang gets the credit for star tattoos on her back, and the word “Shhh” on her finger. She even pays tribute to her line or perfume with her neck tattoo “rebelle fleu,” meaning rebellious flower. As if this were not enough, Ri also sports star tats in her ear, an Arabic phrase on her ribcage and an anklebone inking of a skull and cross bones.
Time Will Tell
But who knows for sure about the authenticity of her latest design, more pictures and time are needed to confirm. Anyway, it has people talking, people watching and people guessing. Maybe that is what this is all about. Sometimes it just gets too quiet!