Team Breezy Tries To Explain Chris Brown’s “Beaten Woman” Neck Tattoo
Just days after kissing ex-girlfriend Rihanna for the world at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Chris Brown made headlines regarding his relationship status with the Barbadian singer. Last week, the 23-year R&B singer was photographed in Vegas with what appeared to be a battered woman, that looked like Rihanna, tattooed on his neck. And, as would be expected, ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.
Fans, critics, journalists, and basically anyone with a pulse cried foul, calling Brown insensitive to the 2009 domestic violence charge filed against him by Rihanna. But, a rep for Brown quickly shot down the rumors. “His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw,” the rep explained. “It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported.”
Breezy also took to Twitter stating that his tattoo was not what everyone suspected. “I’m an artist and this is art,” he wrote. “Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).”
Peter Koskela, the tattoo artist responsible for the controversial tat, also offered up an explanation for the mysterious ink in an exclusive interview with E! News. “I hate when people misinterpret what I do,” he explained. “It was really a blow to me to think that people would think so little of a person that I would actually put a picture of a beaten woman on his neck. That was crazy to me, that he would come to me and say, ‘Hey, I want Rihanna’s face on me.’”
“I would never promote any kind of domestic violence like that,” Koskela continued. “Even if he asked me to do it, I would have bounced right there. I don’t do racist tattoos, I don’t do gang-related tattoos, and I don’t do anything hurtful. That is just the motto I live by. The other tattoo artists might, but I just don’t.”
Brown, who got the tattoo on August 30, has become somewhat obsessed with tattoos in recent years, continuing to get inked on the regular. “The dude is serious about his art,” said Koskela. “When something inspires him, he wants it somewhere on his body. When I did see the picture and his head was cocked to the side, it did look like it was rough around the edges. People thought it was a beat-up face, but it takes two weeks to heal because the neck is constantly moving.”
Check out a side by side shot of Rihanna and Chris’ tattoo. The similarities are apparent. Readers, what do you think?