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:
I like to think Lisbeth Salander tied Chris Brown to a bed and gave him that tattoo.
— Christine Nangle (@nanglish) September 11, 2012
Chris Brown doesn’t need a tattoo to remind him of what he did. That’s what Twitter is for.
— Frankie Boyle (@frankieboyle) September 13, 2012
I got a tattoo of Chris Brown taking a women’s studies course on my neck.
— Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman) September 13, 2012
True heroes aren’t volunteering their time at women’s shelters. No. They’re online, adding snarky little comments to Chris Brown retweets.
— Mark Leggett (@markleggett) September 12, 2012
To which someone replied:
@markleggett THANK YOU. It feels nice to be recognized.
— Joon (@Joonuper) September 12, 2012
I think that tattoo should seriously consider getting Chris Brown lasered off
— Tek-One (@Tek_One) September 12, 2012
And this happened too:
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 12, 2012
Chris Brown gets Rihanna neck tattoo. Not to be outdone, George W. Bush gets tattoos of Iraq and New Orleans. #neverforget
— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) September 12, 2012
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:
Article: The True Meaning behind Chris Brown’s neck Tattoo bit.ly/QEzx8Q
— Chris Brown(@ChrisBrownZone) September 11, 2012
Chris Brown gets the only possible tattoo that could make you hate Chris Brown more. funni.ly/PZLUHY
— someecards (@someecards) September 11, 2012
Simple, but powerful:
I don’t like @chrisbrown.
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) September 12, 2012
And from the young man himself:
I’m an artist and this is art. Dia de los Muertos.
— Chris Brown(@chrisbrown) September 11, 2012
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.