Rihanna has inspired numerous things since her 2009 debut with ‘Pon De Replay’ and Music Of The Sun. She’s taught us the importance of standing up for social justice and being charitable, living life to the full by always having fun and generally employing a “no f*cks given attitude in life,” like the time she took a hip flask to the Grammys, and being creative in style . Finally, Rihanna inspires tattoos. Lena Dunham revealed her ribcage chandelier tattoo was a “copy” of Riri’s goddess Isis location. Rihanna Tattoos are detailed here…
1. Pisces Tattoo
In 2006, Rihanna received her first tattoo. The singer wears the Pisces emblem directly below her right ear to commemorate her astrological sign.
2. Music Notes Tattoo
Later that year, Rihanna got two music notes tattooed on her inner right foot. The notes, a treble clef and a sixteenth note were later covered.
3. Star Tattoo
A little trace of a star inside her left ear was another of the singer’s early tattoos. Over time, the small ink has faded.
4. Sanskrit Prayer
Rihanna met future famous tattoo artist Keith Scott “Bang Bang” McCurdy not long into her body art career. The singer was Bang Bang’s first celebrity client, and while the two would later cooperate on numerous additional tattoos, her debut tattoo by the artist is a Sanskrit prayer etched vertically down her right hip. The prayer was supposed to say “forgiveness, honesty, suppression, and control,” but it was misspelled and translated as “long suffering, truthfulness, self-control, inward calm, fear, and fearlessness.”
Rihanna’s “Shhh…” tattoo, which she got tattooed on her forefinger in 2008, is one of her smallest yet most distinctive.
6. A Trail of Stars
The Grammy-winning singer knows a thing or two about celebrities. Bang Bang, her go-to tattoo artist, drew the cluster of tiny stars that trailed from the nape of her neck to midway down her back.
7. Henna-Style Dragon Claw
8. Camo Shark
Bang Bang created a camo stattoo for the singer and her then-boyfriend Drake in 2016. Rihanna had her tattoo on her left ankle, while Drake got him on his forearm.
Fans noted in 2021 that the camo shark had been obscured by an intricate crown wrapped over Rihanna’s left ankle.
Rihanna had Bang Bang ink “1988” over the front of her right ankle in honour of her birth year.
11. Maori-Inspired Art
During the Diamonds tour in 2013, the singer stopped in New Zealand and had a traditional Polynesian motif tattooed on her hand. Instead of a needle, the tattoo artist applied the pigment with a hammer and chisel.
12. Henna-Inspired Ink
Bang Bang worked on Rihanna’s hand for 11 hours to add to the Maori-inspired pattern, resulting in an elaborate Henna-like tattoo covering most of her right hand.
13. Large Cross
14, Goddess Isis
The Goddess Isis tattoo on Rihanna’s ribs is perhaps one of her most memorable tattoos. She had a huge amount of ink applied in 2012 to honour her late grandma, who died in July.
15. Egyptian Queen Nefertiti
Rihanna isn’t the only deity Rihanna honours with her tattoos. The singer has an ink tattoo of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti on her inside ribs. Nefertiti is a timeless emblem of female beauty and strength.
Bang Bang tattooed a falcon in the shape of a revolver on the singer’s right ankle in June 2012. “Falcon: a light that shines in the darkness!” she remarked on Twitter regarding the meaning. “Never close their eyes when sleeping.”
17. Tibetan Script
The Tibetan lettering on Rihanna’s derrière is one of her tattoos that admirers seldom see. The ink translates loosely as “lover.”
18. “Thug Life.”
The singer tattooed a homage to Tupac’s rap group Thug Life over her knuckles.
19. “Rebelle Fleur.”
Bang Bang tattooed “rebelle fleur” on the left side of her neck in 2010. The tattoo is derived from the French phrase “rebel flower.”
20. Arabic Quote
The singer tattooed an Arabic statement on the left side of her ribcage that approximately translates to “freedom in God.”
Bang Bang told Stylecaster in 2013 how Rihanna had a pistol tattooed on her rib cage.
“The gun started two years before. She was at the store to have a tattoo on her forearm; she had no idea what she wanted besides a tattoo. “Get that gun!” I said. He got out of bed in the middle of the night to do the ink because she was wearing a necklace with a pistol on it.
22. “Never a Failure, Always a Lesson.”
Rihanna has a “never a failure, always a lesson” tattooed right below her collarbone, but it’s inscribed backwards so she can read it in the mirror, according to Bang Bang. This particular tattoo, according to the tattoo artist, let him recognize the impact his and Rihanna’s creations have had. “You see girls walking down the street now with tattoos on their collarbones, and that’s because of Rihanna!” he said.
23. Small Cross
The Fenty CEO tattooed a little cross on her left collarbone, just across from her “never a failure, always a lesson” tattoo.
24. Roman Numerals
In her artwork, the entrepreneur does more than just pay homage to herself. She has a Roman numeral tattoo of her pal Melissa’s birthdate on her left shoulder. They allegedly did it jointly, and Melissa received a birthday date — friendship aspirations.
She had Love written on her left middle finger. It’s one of her simplest tattoos that is written in cursive.
26. Skull and Crossbones
The singer likes to add her spin to her bodywork. Instead of having a typical skull and crossbones tattoo on her right angle, Rihanna customized the design with a lovely red bow.