Rihanna gets new henna-inspired ink
Rihanna added some new ink to her collection on Sunday, flying celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang McCurdy (who also does Justin Bieber’s ink) and Cally-Jo of Bang Bang NYC to the Dominican Republic to execute the cover-up.
The tattoo artists worked for 11 hours on the ‘Diamonds’ singer’s right hand to incorporate the Maori-inspired design she got while touring New Zealand in 2008 and covering up a lot of the ink Riri got on her most recent trip to Kiwi-land.
The star posted a photo on her Instagram showing off the original design which, in traditional Maori style, was applied with a chisel, ink pigment and a mallet.
Bang Bang told E! News that the cover-up was very involved.
“We drew on her hand from 7 p.m. to midnight. We were drawing and changing things. I'd take a break and Cally-Jo would draw, then I'd draw,” he said.
He went on to explain that, “the inspiration was henna art, we wanted something really decorative, feminine and sexy. We thought that was the closest in style where we could shift and make it look decorative.”
Bang Bang admitted that it wasn’t easy trying to fit Riri’s old pattern into a new design.
“We went over and over. It was a struggle to design. She even took a nap when we were drawing. We started over, until we found the direction she liked.”
The tattoo artist also said that this was one of the most challenging designs he’s done on the ‘Shut Up and Drive’ star before, explaining: “This one had elements to it that were very unique, covering up pieces of it, combining pieces of it, making up new pieces.”
It seems that Rihanna is much happier with her new ink, with the artist saying that on completion, “Ri flipped out! Absolutely loved it, loved it!”
He also hinted to E! News the reasoning behind the cover-up.
“It's a hard thing when you get a tattoo and not absolutely love it. It's uncomfortable to have something on your hand, especially when it's in such a visible spot, and she's such a visible person.
“Your hand is as closely related as your face. If you think about it, her hand is right there and the whole world is watching it.”
— Saira Mueller