Rihanna‘s new hand tattoo is on top of another tattoo she in New Zealand. The 25-year-old got a traditional painful Maori tattoo, which was applied with a chisel and a malle. Riri flew all the way to the Dominican Republic to get a tattoo by artist Bang Bang. We wonder if covering up the Polynesian tattoo is considered disrespectful?
Bang Bang told E! News:
“We drew on her hand from 7 p.m. to midnight. We were drawing and changing things. I’d take a break and [colleague] Cally-Jo would draw, then I’d draw. The inspiration was henna art, we wanted something really decorative, feminine and sexy. She had something preexisting on her hand. So it was a little bit of a cover up, but also making it look good. We needed to work with what she already had.”
“Her hand is not something you can put away. We went over and over. It was a struggle to design. She even took a nap when we were drawing. We started over, until we found the direction she liked. [It was the] most challenging design I’ve done on Rihanna before. This one had elements to it that were very unique, covering up pieces of it, combining pieces of it, making up new pieces,” Bang Bang told E! News.
“Ri flipped out,” Bang Bang told E! “Absolutely loved it, loved it! It’s a hard thing when you get a tattoo and not absolutely love it. It’s uncomfortable to have something on your hand, especially when it’s in such a visible spot, and she’s such a visible person. Your hand is as closely related as your face. If you think about it, her hand is right there and the whole world is watching it.”