Rihanna’s Tattoos

Rihanna currently has 21 tattoos. Her most recent is a tribal design covering her whole right hand. Rihanna has admitted that tattoos for her are like an addiction. “I like hanging out in tattoo shops” Rihanna has said. “I am so intrigued by tattoos. It’s an entire culture, and I study it. Sometimes I go with friends, or just by myself. I get bum-rushed, but I don’t care. I don’t take security.” Rihanna is believed to of had her first tattoo done in 2006, two music notes on her foot. The most known tattoo artist that has created her tattoos is Bang Bang. Bang Bang has apparently done around 13 of her various tattoos. He told a magazine “She [Rihanna] always flips out [when it’s done] and jumps up and down like a 16-year-old girl getting her first car.”

Feet and Legs

Rihanna’s first tattoo is two music notes on her left foot. The notes are a treble clef and sixteenth note. It is believed she got this tattoo done some time in 2006, and was inspired by her music career, when she was just starting out in the music industry.

In June 2012, Rihanna covered up her music notes tattoo and replaced it with a large Egyptian falcon. She shared a picture of the ink on twitter with the caption “Falcon: a light that shines in the darkness! Never close their eyes during sleep.” Bang Bang – who inked this tattoo – told US Weekly

“It’s the first tattoo she wanted as a teen….She wanted it across her back back then.”

It appears as if the bird has been tattooed in a way to look like a handgun, although Rihanna could have gotten the inspiration for the tattoo from a 2,300-year-old faience falcon. The falcon is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where the tattoo artist does most of his work.

Rihanna told Oprah the meaning of her tattoo:

“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,”

Rihanna added a tattoo of a skull during her stay in Miami in 2008. It’s her only tattoo with coloured ink and also her seventh tattoo. A skull and crossbones usually means danger, but it is neutralized by the pink hair bow the skull is wearing.

Hands and Fingers


Rihanna’s hand tattoo is a henna-style tribal dragon claw, which she got on her right hand while in New Zealand on her November 2008 tour. It matches her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s tattoo on the same hand. The design is of a geometric dragon claw with small hibiscus that go up to her wrist. Her tattoo was done in the traditional style of the Maori people in New Zealand. This method of tattooing makes the skin appear raised and rough, rather than smooth. She said to reporters:

“It’s tribal. It represents strength and love….It’s their traditional way of tattooing. I always wanted [one]. It hurt like hell! 

Rihanna lines hand tattoo

Rihanna expanded her hand tattoo in two sessions in October 2013. First she added these chevrons and lines all over her fingers, hand, and wrist. These lines are still visible through the finished tattoo.

Rihanna henna hand tattoo

Rihanna added the final piece to her hand tattoo in October 2013, incorporating both the Maori tribal design near her thumb and the chevron lines. It is an abstract design inspired by Indian henna art. Artists Bang Bang and Cally-Jo worked together on both the design and the implementation of this tattoo. The duo got out their needles and worked on different sections at the same time. “@callyjoart and I spent hours and hours drawing on different designs, we finally found one that worked! So proud we made it pretty,” Bang Bang wrote.


Not a lot is known about this tattoo, or when she got it. The tattoo is of “Love” written in a simple cursive font on her right middle finger. The tattoo is placed so it doesn’t get shown unless she sticks up her middle finger or holds a microphone. She got it in Los Angeles from one of the artists she used before.

In June 2008, Rihanna got another finger tattoo. This one is the most copied of her tattoos. It was copied by Lindsay Lohan and Lily Allen, who were unaware at the time that she had it, Cher Lloyd, and many of Rihanna’s fans has also decided to get one exactly like Rihanna’s. The premise is that the tattoo will be revealed when you hold your finger to your lips to shush someone.


It is unknown when she actually got this tattoo. The tattoo is on the left side of her ribcage and says “Al Hurria fi Al Maseeh”, which translates to “Freedom in God”.

In March 2009, Rihanna got a gun tattooed below her right armpit. She wanted to give a tattoo as a birthday gift to her friend, but at the same time decided to get one for herself.

In September 2012, Rihanna got a new, very large tattoo as a tribute to her late grandmother. Alongside the picture of her new ink, she tweeted:

“Goddess Isis – Complete Woman – Model for future generations – #GRANGRANDOLLY – always in and on my heart.”

The tattoo is of the Egyptian goddess Isis, who was depicted as the ideal mother and wife.

rihanna nefertiti tattoo

In January 2012, Rihanna showed off her new tattoo in a photoshoot with Terry Richardson – a bust of the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. The meaning to Rihanna is unknown, but the tattoo is private and hardly ever seen due to it’s placement. Queen Nefertiti was an icon of beauty and had many titles including Hereditary Princess; Great of Praises; Lady of Grace and Sweet of Love.

Neck and Ears

One of Rihanna’s first tattoos is a Pisces sign behind her right ear. It was done along with the music notes on her foot in 2006. The tattoo was done by a famous Brazilian artist who makes his clients book three years in advance, but luckily, Rihanna was in Tokyo at the same time as him and got it done.

In August 2006, Rihanna got a tattoo of a star outline inside of her left ear. According to reports Rihanna said:

“My best friend from Barbados was here so we had to do something crazy. She got one too.”


One of Rihanna’s most visible and famous tattoos was inked in 2008. It was started by a tattoo artist in L.A, then finished in New York by her favourite tattoo artist – Bang Bang. The stars match former boyfriend Chris Brown’s trio of stars behind his ear.

In August 2010, Rihanna got a tattoo of the text “rebelle fleur” written in script on the left side of her neck. The tattoo translates to “rebel flower”. Many people claimed since the adjective usually comes before the noun in French, the phrase should say “Fleur Rebelle”, But in a text message to the artist – Bang Bang she said:

“Rebelle Fleur translates to rebel flower, NOT rebelious flower, its 2 nouns so in that case fleur does not HAVE to be first! Fyi, cuz they will ask”.



In June 2008, Rihanna got the date “4.11.1986” in Roman numerals inked on her left shoulder. It’s her best friend Melissa’s birth date, and Melissa got the same tattoo with Rihanna’s birth date as well. It is placed on her shoulder, so it’s very noticeable.

In December 2009, Rihanna got her personal motto “Never a failure, always a lesson” tattooed just below her right shoulder, backwards, so she can read it in the mirror. The artist said:

“I asked her why she wanted that and she said, ‘It’s kind of my motto in life for everything.’ Instead of considering things to be mistakes, considering them lessons…. She said that she wanted to do it in gray, rather than black, because she wanted it to be more subtle…. She didn’t want it to draw too much attention.”

In March 2012, Rihanna got a small and simple cross tattooed on her left collarbone. In n interview with US Weekly, artist Bang Bang said:

“We cut the color with water, so it’ll end up being light — like the “rebelle” tattoo on her neck,” Bang Bang, 26, describes to Us Weekly about Rihanna’s cross ink. He adds that she decided to place her tattoo on her collarbone because it’s easy for her to hide with a necklace but also can be in plain sight. “She loved it,” Bang Bang, who has done around 12 of her various tattoos tells Us.


In 2007, Rihanna got a Sanskrit prayer inked going down her hip. The tattoo was supposed to translate to “forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control”, a quote from the Sanatana Dharma. Unfortunately, the tattoo was misspelled and translated to “long suffering, truthfulness, self-restraint, inward calm, fear and fearlessness” instead. In addition to the incorrect translation, the her tattoo is also missing the rest of the original prayer, which reads “pleasure, pain, birth, death.”

Rihanna got a tattoo saying “lover” in Tibetan on her left hip, just above her butt in March 2012.

sources: rihannadaily.com, rihannatattoos.net, oprah.com, ultimate-rihanna, rihanna on instagram, US Weekly, AKM-GSI, Bang Bang

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  1. Brian says:

    Tats are strictly for trash.

  2. kev james says:

    Everything I read is whether Rihanna’s tattoos are good or bad. Has anyone really looked at the pictures? There are changes in the tattoos. Granted they are very similar, but there are definite differences. And not the type of differences made by adding more tattooing. There are places that are tattooed in one photo and not tattooed in a later photo. Or, tattooed in a different manner. Something is not right here. Are we all so smitten by celebs that we trust everything we see and hear? WTF, people. I’m guessing much of the tattooed hand is false. Henna. Or, any of dozens of techniques to mark our skin.

  3. Waleed says:

    Arabic tattoo says” freedom in Christ” Jesus Christ in Arabic Yasooa Al Massieh .. Christ is al Massieh .. Hence Christianity in Arabic is Massiehiya .. that should put all other bad translations to bed

    • Sana says:

      The anti-christ is also called Massieh Dajjal in arabic …
      wonder which Massieh Rihanna is referring to -Christ or Antichrist

  4. amine says:

    al massih = jeses and hi is not the god
    there is only one GOD and it’s ALLAH !!

  5. amine says:

    al massih = jeses and hi is not the god
    there is only one GOD and it’s ALLAH

  6. Rihanna says:

    the voice of rihanna is so beautiful .i jus love her voice and her songs .And Rihanna having 19 tattoos on her body which looks awesome on her curvy shape body ..Love your Tattoos rihanna .

  7. long says:

    where’s THUG LIFE tattoo??????????????????????????????????????

  8. E says:

    That’s not Isis, that’s Ma’at. A different goddess. FAIL!

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually if you know your goddesses then uou should know both Isis, ma’at and nut can be depicted with wings. They are differentiated by the symbols nearby. Isis will have a throne, ma’at a feather and nut a bench, semicircle and a pot. Rihannas tattoo has a throne on the head of the goddess, which means it is actually Isis.

    • .A. says:

      Rihanna posted the photo of her tattoo on Instagram saying “Goddess Isis”. In addition, the Goddess are distinguished by their symbols, nnd the tattoo Rihanna has a throne, representative symbol of the goddess Isis.

  9. wingstone churchill dodson james says:

    wow rihanna baibe i love your tatoos so much as i love you. they make you look the most exclusive woman among the others i wish you were mine and only mine

  10. Valentina Ayala says:

    Hi,,Riri kip it up gal,,with ur tattos,,go on gal

  11. drukpa says:

    Last tattoo is in dzonkha language

  12. Rea says:

    Mxaaaaa!!I lovve Rihanna and all her tattoos…m a big Fan .wish to meet her someday

  13. Harlow says:

    Love all of RiRi tattoos. So well done.

  14. KillNanaXO says:

    I love Rihanna and I love her tattoos. Not a fan of all of them, but all of them ARE well done.! The ones that stand out the most to me are the Nefertiti and Isis ones. Those are beautiful!

  15. Anonymous says:

    On 9 October 2013, she got a traditional Ta Moko tattoo on her right hand. She got it whilst on a break from her Diamonds World Tour in New Zealand. It is of arrows, lines and a few stars.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lol no she didnt get a Ta Moko done at all, she got a tattoo done in New Zealand in the traditional way that a Ta Moko is done but that doesnt make it one

  16. sarah says:

    She’s just got a new one on her hand.

  17. Nima says:

    The unknown language is indeed Tibetan. It means “the one who loves” which can mean ‘lover’.

  18. Anonymous says:

    She got her 19th tattoo in January 2

  19. Kirsty-lee says:

    Rihanna awesome tattoos love the 1 on your Hand I love to get the exact same 1 done

  20. badgalriri says:

    I want all her tatoos LOL

  21. Anonymous says:

    jst loved her birth date tattoo

  22. Anonymous says:

    Her shoulder tattoo says ll-4-1986 not 4-11-1986

  23. kayla says:

    why are there so many arabic tattoos

  24. Tenzin says:

    The unknown language is Tibetan FYI!

  25. seth says:

    lol … freedom in Jesus,, yet another religious prayer on the same body, with other tattoos that are none Christian

    what a joke…

    • seth says:

      You Christian bitches think that you guys own the world

    • anonymous says:

      There actually is another religious tattoo that’s the cross, sooooooo……

    • Anonymous says:

      actually the tattoo doesn’t indicate Jesus directly. the tattoo is in Arabic and its translated exactly to “freedom in the Messiah”, which Yes, I could see why that can be pointed towards Jesus. but it could also mean the anti Messiah. and givin that she’s promoting a satanic way of being as in fuck morals, and follow whatever the hell your heart desires without regards to thinking clearly, I’m inclined to believe the tattoo implies “freedom in the Messiah” as in the antichrist. but that’s just my own reflection.

  26. Glenn says:

    Stupid and ugly. But it’s her body.

  27. Anonymous says:

    young and stupid …may regret every single on later in life

  28. Vanisha Kaur says:

    I love your tattoos!

  29. Zayn says:

    the Arabic Tattoo, Al Maseeh means the Messiah, who is Jesus.
    Now, freedom in believing the messiah can only arise if there is two or more, which does not EXISTS.
    So, OBVIOUSLY she is referring to the ANTICHRIST, THE FALSE MESSIAH.

  30. Mansour says:

    the arabic says. freedom in christ(anity). not freedom in God

  31. pinky says:

    I love your style I love your music I love everything about you.big up to you gal!

  32. Anonymous says:

    the arabic tatto means freedom in Christianity

  33. Sigh says:

    Tattoos: Devices for people who wish to express themselves but don’t have the intellect to do it.

    • Ari says:

      Oh, come on. A statement like that only express your lack of intellect.

      • Sigh says:



        • Kennedy says:

          Sigh, not everything revolves around the way YOUR mind processes things, obviously. If your so closed minded what is your purpose on this page?

        • Rhiannas Tattoosuck says:

          Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Poor Sigh. I feel your pain. Sometimes it’s like we are just swimming in a sea of stupidity. The stupidest ones seem to be the ones who think they know the most. I love how every comment here is exactly the same…

          “I just love all your tattoos. You are the greatest!” You are all retards. And Rhianna is a retard. I don’t even think that’s a real name. And for the record neither is Shaquanda. If your name is Shaquanda, and I know at least 30% of you just answered “yes”, go home and slap your mother. That goes for you too, Keyshone. Damika, Lashundra, Demarius, Demarae, LaQuasha, LaQuinna, LaQualla, Chontiera, Chontarria, Ravon, Chontele, Rayquan, Layshell, Kinyarda, Kinyarna, Dayqyuia, Dayqyan, Angharad, Anquanette and anyone else who has anything to reply to this but “Amen”


          • Celesthra says:

            It’s funny how you’re calling her a retard while in the same time failing to even spell her name right.

          • Mika says:

            “The stupidest ones seem to be the ones who think they know the most.” Well well look who’s talking..

          • Katie says:

            Also you seem to be incredibly racist and offensive to people with mental illnesses. But yeah you seem like the good guy in this because you don’t have any tattoos. You’re a special snowflake. Have fun being a hateful sack of crap!

          • ignore the ignorant says:

            For your information, ignorant fool, people in Barbados tend to give names of Arabic origin, hers being one of them. If your parents failed in raising you into becoming a well informed and decent human being, which they obviously failed on so many levels, John/Steve/Dave/Idiot (whatever your so “normal” name may be), you can’t be blamed for that.
            As they were probably of equal intellect as yourself, please do the world a favor and stop breeding, you imbecile.
            To those other pathetic, paranoid and ignorant überChristians, her name or having Arabic writing, does not mean it or she is Muslim. Also, get out of your village, read a book, don’t watch Fox and see the world before you judge.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stupidity: people who waste their time to make ignorant comments that are pointless abstrud , untrue and meaningless . Cute though

    • LILI says:

      Hm… except, shes a super hit, world class pop singer… she definitely has the intellect to express herself clearly.

  34. Thando rihaNNdo says:

    Awesome tattoos-i think theres one tattoo missing though -#Navy.
    Fat love i have for you.

  35. mihlali says:

    i love your tattoo. i also wanna get one

  36. julian says:

    the one in arabic actually means freedom in Christ

  37. lindile says:

    I love your tattoos! And I’m getting that one on your finger that says Shhh… :D

  38. i like your tattoos and i’m a big fan of yours nd nicki minaj nd i live in south south africa i’m a girl i’m 14 yrs old nd i’m african

  39. nosiviwe says:

    rihanna i am your new member,so i would like to say,ilike your tattoos all of them [nice tattoos]i

  40. rihanna i love yourmany tattoos and they are so sexy and u 2!

  41. rihanna i like the tattoo [love,shhhh…. and the skull ]

  42. wow! Rihanna i wish i had some tattoos like yours {i luv u ririr cuz u r mi mother}

  43. rickia says:

    i love Rihanna your tatto’s are so unique

  44. Anonymous says:

    nice tatoos but i dont know what they mean.

  45. Anonymous says:

    wow nice tatoos

  46. Pamela. Gelfand says:

    I want to get in touch with Rihanna I have been to hell and back and her songs helped me get through them. I have a deep warm heart similar to her clearly she believes in second chances. I Have become that way as well I love her soothing voice. Chimed with her speaking accent. I love the mystery she has.

  47. Ishita says:

    Awesome Nice Tattoo Design For Rihanna.

  48. Anonymous says:

    That unknown language is TIBETAN :)

  49. renee says:

    the unknown language looks like bengali

  50. Shee shee says:

    Great article. Love Rihanna and her tatties. Your writing is great but I’m going to annoy you with a grammar correction. Instead of saying “She could of”, use “She could have”.

    Eg: If she had gone to the store, she could have bought milk.

    It sounds the same when spoken so its just a silly mistake. Peace.

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