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.