Early in October, Rihanna made the news when her Maori tattoo created a delicate design on her hand using the traditional mallet and chisel. She endured a lot of pain with that inking in New Zealand and now according to the Oct. 31 issue of CelebBuzz the singer has already covered up a good amount of that ink with a henna-inspired permanent tattoo.
Rihanna Flew her fav tattoo artist in for the job
For the latest tattoo, Rihanna flew her favorite tattoo artist, Bang Bang NYC, to the Dominican Republic over the weekend where they worked up the perfect henna-inspired design to somewhat complement the Maori tat and at the same time cover a good portion of it.
"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 ...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 NYC via NY Daily News
Tattoo cover up difficult
Bang Bang admits that the new henna-inspired tattoo was "a little bit of a cover up" but that the new ink was also applied to make the Maori tat look good. The goal was to make the two designs flow. He admitted it was a "difficult" job to integrate the two designs and to find the right design was a struggle. Rihanna even took a nap as they started over and over in the drawing process until they found the direction she liked. After five hours of drawing they found what she was looking for. After he finished the tattoo, Bang Bang posted a snap on Instagram and said, ''One more- before and after on @badgalriri .... @callyjoart and I spent hours and hours drawing on different designs, we finally found one that worked! So proud we made it pretty.'' The final result is decorative, feminine and sexy.