The Absolute Best Twitter Reactions To Chris Brown’s New Tattoo


If nothing else, we should all be able to agree on one thing: Chris Brown’s new tattoo is (in its present state) horribly, horribly fug. Now anything else about the tat is up for debate (not the fug fact). His reps and many of his defenders have come out and said that the tattoo is of a sugar skull, an image that celebrates Mexico’s Dia De Los Muertos. More recently, Chris Brown’s tatto artist has also come forward and confirmed that the tattoo is absolutely not of Rihanna’s face, and that– as an artist– he would never create such a thing, even if a client requested it. This all makes perfect sense, but it doesn’t make the Twitter responses any less hilarious. Click inside for more and go here for a close-up shot of the tattoo, in case ya missed it.

Before I go any further let me just tell my own personal Chris Brown story so I don’t come off like a total hypocrite/hater/media member/Chris-basher person. I kinda used to ride for Chris Brown when he was all young and adorable and dancing around everywhere, AKA pre-RiRi. OMG. On And Poppin was my jam before it was even a single! I wrote an entire research paper on Octavia Butler and black feminist literary criticism with that song on repeat. Granted, the paper didn’t turn out so well, but it was a brilliant first draft and I re-wrote it later, sans Breezy. But it wasn’t his fault, I swear… lol! Anyway, I liked Chris! I even went to Webster Hall with a friend when he came to NYC and had one of the most hilariously epic nights of my life battling teenage girls for his attention… sort of. Got his back-up dancer’s number and everything, lmao! Okay, this is getting awk.

I’m just saying that I don’t see Chris Brown as the root of all evil. Stevie J. from Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta is the root of all evil… or at least his facial expressions are. I digress. But I did stop listening to Chris after what he did to Rihanna. As Funkmaster Flex said about R. Kelly after that interview when he basically admitted to doing stuff with teenage girls: ‘He gets NO SPINS!’ So this post isn’t about Chris-bashing. Bashing is bad. It just so happens that the funniest tweets were not the Chris-friendly tweets. What are you gonna do? I can’t really pass up a good laugh and I like to share with friends :)

Hence, The Absolute Best Twitter Reactions To Chris Brown’s New Tattoo:

To which someone replied:

And this happened too:

This is how I found out the ‘truth’ about the tattoo. I appreciated the article, but I don’t think I’ll be apologizing to Chris Brown anytime soon, despite their suggestion that I do so:

Simple, but powerful:

And from the young man himself:

Okay, here’s the thing. I believe that the tattoo is not of Rihanna. I’m just wondering if Chris– or anyone who knew about the tattoo idea– ever thought for like two seconds that it might look like that horrific photo of Rihanna. Also, if none of us had been told that it was a likeness of Rihanna, would we all have immediately assumed that that’s what it was? It’s kind of hard to say.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments and feel free to make the conversation not about Chris at all but about media and gossip and loving a good story and drama and Twitter and anything else other than Chris Brown. If that’s possible, lol.


  • Krissy

    I don’t think it looks like Rhianna at all, and I think sites like TMZ pushed that idea because it makes good gossip and drives traffic to their site.

    That being said…that is one fug tatoo. Even in the drawing it looks ugly, and the tat is an even worse version of the drawing. Was he covering another tattoo or does he have some weird moles on his neck? I think if he had done a full mask, it might have looked better. I think if he was going to split the image, they should have made it a very precise distinction between the two sides. As it is, there is some of the mask detailing on the right side of the chin…it just looks sloppy and messy, IMO.

  • Krissy

    …and the Lisbeth Salander tweet was sooooooo funny!!! My favorite!

    • Shannon

      Krissy, that was my fave too. It’s what gave me the idea, lol!

  • Yasmin

    I love the first tweet, too! As much as I would like to ignore Chris Brown and pretend he doesn’t exist, I just can’t. I didn’t like him before he beat up his girlfriend, though for no specific reason. I should say I didn’t like his music, I didn’t really pay enough attention to him to even form an opinion about him as person based on what you can learn about a celebrity without actually even knowing them.
    But after “that thing” happened I was shocked. I was shocked by the reactions of so many of his fans on Twitter and Facebook and everywhere who just didn’t seem to mind. I was and still am disappointed that he gets invited to attend and perform at award shows and even gets to win awards. I am disapointed about how many people are still willing to work with him. I just don’t don’t get it, I think it’s dangerous.
    And two things I really like about social media is that it can make you aware of a problem that you may not have thought to exist in such abundance(all the girls defending him) and how easy it makes it to respond. To show that you’re not ok with it. And I don’t think that is bashing(not suggesting that you think it is), I think it’s necessary and important. Because while I could have expected the “industry” pretending the whole thing never happend(after all, Roman Polanski got an Academy Award), I would’ve never thought there to be so many people who have no trouble with someone like CB.
    And thanks for linking that R.Kelly interview. I somehow missed that!(Not the whole R.Kelly thing, just the interview lol)
    I really like your articles and I think you’re a great contribution to the site!

    • Leah

      Co-sign on EVERYTHING you said.

    • Shannon

      Yasmin thanks for commenting and I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the posts! I love that you highlight the positive attributes of social media in that we are able to get a wealth of information about an entire population (i.e. young girls who are also Chris Brown fans). I think you’re right– something like Twitter can be used to better understand real issues in society partly because there is some anonymity in tweeting (for non-celebs especially) and so there’s less of a filter.

      Thanks again for weighing in. AND for bringing up Polanski… such an issue for me because I love his work. So I understand how fans can be blinded by their love for an artist.

  • fab4runner

    I am pretty sure I have never seen a neck tattoo that I like. So hideous.

    • Shannon

      fab4runner, I’m not gonna front. In my younger years, I loved a guy with a neck tattoo (don’t tell my kids). But now I’m inclined to agree with you. Some women can pull it off, I think. But this one (for a lot of reasons) isn’t doin it for me, lol.

  • Lexie

    Unrelated but kinda not: I wrote my senior thesis paper on Fledgling but Octavia Butler in college! Shannon, you are my fave.

    • Lexie

      **Fledgling by Octavia Butler, oops!

    • Shannon

      Lexie, I love it!!!

      Would you believe I MET Butler when she came to my creative writing class in high school??? That woman changed my life with one speech and I’ve loved reading her since, although I haven’t read Fledgling, but now that you’ve brought it to my attention, I’m all over it I wrote about Kindred and Bloodchild. She was and is amazing.

    • Shannon

      LMAO, I’m still cracking up over the fact that an ‘Octavia Butler’ conversation is happening on this post. I love this site, lol!

    • Lexie

      I wrote about Fledgling as a post-slave narrative … it was supposed to be a trilogy (or maybe a series?), but she died before she wrote the follow up! This is a great reminder that I should read more of her work!

      And yes, I told my friend the other day, “Remember the gossip site I’ve been reading for like ten yrs? There’s a new contributor and she is amazing!” HA!

    • Shannon

      Lexie, you better e-mail that paper STAT. Seriously.


  • Joan

    John Malina! lol OMG I died reading that exchange between him and Michael Ian Black.

    • Joan

      And by “John” I mean “Josh”, of course. #oops

    • Shannon

      Joan, Michael Ian Black was a fave comic of mine for a long time. It’s so nice to hear from him on this subject, lol!

  • J.

    It doesn’t matter if it looks like Rihanna. It matters that it looks like a battered woman. Show me one sugar skull that looks like that.

    Either Chris Brown is so arrogant that he’s shoving his continued success despite unforgivable actions in the faces of everyone, or he did ask for a sugar skull and his tattoo artist got the last laugh by marking him with a scarlet letter forever.

  • Danielle

    If that’s a sugar skull, he needs to fire his tattoo artist.