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A Closer Look At Rihanna's 15 Tattoos

I guess this is all part of the “good girl gone bad” thing, but “Thug Life” just doesn’t seem fitting with Rihanna’s pop star girly-girl image.

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This exotic Maori-inspired hand tat represents strength and love and was done in the traditional New Zealand style on tattooing, using uhi, or chisels to add inked grooves into the skin rather than piercing it with needles and ink. This makes the skin a bit raised and rough rather than a smooth surface. This intricate tribal hand tat probably hurt really, really bad.

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Always a Lesson, Never a Failure Tattoo written backwards so she can read it in the mirror. Rihanna explains that this has always been a motto in life for her, not to treat events as mistakes but as lessons to be learned.

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Her newest tat is "Thug Life" written on the knuckles of each of her fingers (not thumbs of course) in white ink. Rihanna’s “Thug Life” tattoo is a tribute to the late infamous rapper TuPac who started the hip hop group Thug Life in 1993 and had a Thug Life tattoo across his stomach. -__________________-

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