Rihanna Shows Off Her Newest Tattoo


Rihanna, who is very fond of tattoos — both getting them and giving them, has gotten herself inked again and is showing off her newest tat to OK! magazine. Ri Ri decided to get her new life’s motto tattooed on her chest … here are a few pics of her new tattoo:

Say what you will about Rihanna, but the woman doesn’t do things halfheartedly. Last night, the Rated R singer headed to NYC tattoo parlor East Side Ink — one of her favorites — and had her personal motto etched indelibly into her skin forever. “She came in at about 2:00 A.M.,” East Side Ink owner and artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy tells OK! exclusively. “She told me in advance she’d be coming, and then when she got there, she told me what she wanted: ‘Never a failure, always a lesson,’ but written backwards.” Bang Bang continues, “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.” He explains that RiRi, who he says is “doing great,” wanted the phrase done in backwards writing so she would be able to read it in the mirror. Because this piece of body art is so personal to Rihanna, the pop superstar decided she didn’t want this new ink to be as obvious as the ones she already sports. “She said that she wanted to do it in gray, rather than black, because she wanted it to be more subtle,” explains Bang Bang. “She didn’t want it to draw too much attention.”

Yeah, the best way to avoid a lot of attention is to hand the photos over to a tabloid magazine. Nonetheless, I kinda love that she decided to get her new life’s motto “Never a failure. Always a lesson.” tattooed backwards so that she can read it in the mirror … that’s a pretty cool idea. I don’t expect that this will be the last of Rihanna’s tattoo work but my guess is that it will most likely be her most personal.


  • jo

    Haha it’s like Memento!


    I don’t like tattoo’s but I really like that one! I think it’s actually pretty cool. I had a weird dream that I got several tattoo’s. It was scary.

  • FK

    Very cool motto.

  • San

    Love it!

  • spitzi

    I thought it said “Never a failure. Always a lemon.” Which I though was pretty cool. Deffo more original than what it really says.

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  • p

    Meh, im reeeally over Rihanna now. Interesting that the tat is in grey ink tho. Never seen that before.

  • b

    this is awesome. i love rihanna even more now. this looks like something i’d get. so personal!

  • Deen

    How long are we going to have to be reminded?
    I still feel she is not telling the whole truth-
    Did someone pass it & not tell anyone?
    someone got pissed?

  • pan29

    Whatever she does she looks extremely beautiful !

  • isobel

    It instantly reminded me of Mean Girls when Karen puts her ‘K’ on backwards in the mirror.

  • nicole

    maybe shes talking about her new album?

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  • Anna

    Hang on… Trent, I thought she has tattoos of guns on both her shoulders or something?

  • That doesnt make sense. I tried and I can read normal written things in a mirror.

  • I like the saying though.

  • Bernie

    Yeah and the lesson she will constantly be reminded of is how stupid it is to mutilate your body by tattooing inane slogans on it.

  • Nilah

    She didn’t get the guns on both shoulders because it violated her Cover Girl contract? How is that long saying across her chest any less of a violation?

  • GiGi

    what is the font style on her tat?