Rep for RnB singer spells out meaning on controversial ink
David Renshaw

09:52 12th September 2012

Chris Brown hit back at criticism of a new tattoo on his neck, one which initially appears to show a woman with a bruised and beaten face.

The RnB singer hit the headlines yesterday (Sept 11) when pictures of his latest tattoo, situated on his neck and looking uncomfortably like the pictures released of Rihanna shortly after Brown assaulted her in 2009, were featured online.

However, a rep for Brown has said that the image is in fact completely harmless and shows a face comprising Mexican imagery and a recent MAC advertising campaign.

"His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw. It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported," the rep told TMZ.

Brown first debuted his tattoo at an event in Las Vegas on September 1st. Sources close to Brown initially denied that the ink depicts Rihanna with a rep telling TMZ the woman in the picture is just, 'a random woman.'

Rihana herself has recently had another tattoo on her body, adding an Egyptian tattoo on her chest to the 17 other tattoos she had done previously.

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