I love tattoos – especially on men. And I think getting tattoos to signify major events in your life is a way better way of choosing what tattoo to get – moreso than just “I think its cool right now”….but Rapper Chris Brown may have taken this a little bit too far.
Warning: graphic images
Back in 2009 the two artists were reportedly in a struggle that left Rihanna hospitalized with bruises to her face. Chris BRown was sentenced to 5 years probation for the incident and the drama that has ensued is enough for this duo to have their very own category on TMZ.
The new tattoo, which Chris Brown recently had put on his neck of all places, is causing a huge stir with fans, saying that it is entirely too closely resembling the photos taken after the assault in 2009. Chris Brown claims that the tattoo has nothing to do with Rhianna, and is a based off a Dia de los Muertos-themed MAC Cosmetics design. They claim that his tattoo is a sugar skull – associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.
According to the tattoo artist who did the work, Chris Brown brought in this image of the sugar skull to be recreated on his neck. Obviously, he gave his own “sugar skull” a bit more bruising…
The Day of the Dead is a predominately Mexican holiday though it is gaining popularity in the United States. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
As far as Chris Brown… though I may be able to agree with the idea of honoring our loved ones who have passed… its not Chris Brown’s culture. And had he matched the actual MAC image, I dont think there would be as much controversy. However the extra bruising and fact that the faces are almost the exact shape leads me to still believe there is more to this tattoo than he is willing to admit.
What do you think? Innocent tattoo to honor the dead or direct slam to Rhianna for their 2009 brawl?