Rihanna tattoos number no less than 14 at last count including everything from birth dates, Henna-style tribal designs, weapons and some of the singer's favorite quotes. What tattoos does Rihanna have? The recording artist from Barbados uses her tattoos like she does her music, to express herself and show the world what is near and dear to her heart. So, what are Rihanna's tattoos?
Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna burst onto the music scene in 2005 after then-Def Jam label head Jay-Z took her under his wing and offered her a contract. Millions in album sales and four Grammy Awards later, the R&B singer is regarded as one of the top in her genre with hits like "Umbrella," "Don't Stop the Music," "Russian Roulette," "S&M," "We Found Love" and many others. As of November 2011, her 11 number-one singles trail only Madonna and Mariah Carey for the most by females on the Billboard Hot 100 chart history.
As impressive as her musical credentials are, her tattoos are equally as notable. The singer admits to having "14-ish" tattoos which are spread from as high as her ear to as low as her ankle and everywhere in between. Among the notable tattoos include stars running down the back of her neck, the birthdate of her best friend in Roman numerals on her shoulder and an intricate design on her right hand.
Rihanna's tattoos both describe her personality and remind her of what's important in life. One in particular that is personal to the singer is a backward tattoo on her chest that can only be read when viewed from her perspective in a mirror. That phrase, which she states is her motto in life, reminds her that experiences are "never a failure, always a lesson."
Similar to other female celebrities such as actress Angelina Jolie
and starlet Megan Fox
, Rihanna clearly has been bitten by the tattoo bug. And just as we will await her next music release, we'll also keep an eye out for any new ink on the songstress.