Chris Brown’s new tattoo has already caused a lot of controversy surrounding the uncanny resemblance to Rihanna’s beaten and bruised face after the star attacked her in 2009.
The tattoo was revealed by the singer at a Las Vegas party on 1 September, prominently located on his neck for all to see.
It is of a woman’s face, with one eye looking blackened and the lid firmly shut. Bruises and cuts around the rest of the tattooed face are made clear through black smears and across the lips are three prominent lines made to resemble splits or scratches.
The singer has strongly denied suggestions that the tattoo resembles his ex-girlfriend Rihanna and instead tweeted: “I’m an artist and this is art”. His publicist released a statement explaining that Brown’s tattoo is of a “sugar skull”, which is associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.
Yet, it is hard to believe that Brown did not see the blindingly obvious resemblance between the crime he committed and the tattoo he chose of a “sugar skull”.
In February 2009, Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna whilst they were in his car. He punched her and bit her in the face and limbs, which left her requiring stiches after the ordeal. Brown pleaded guilty to the attack and was sentenced to one year’s probation.
But many are now outraged at how the singer can happily emerge in public with an enormous picture brandishing a crime he committed and was convicted of, with it painted all over this body.
What’s more, is how this brutal assault on a woman has meant Chris Brown’s career has gone from strength to strength, even landing his new album at number 1 in the UK charts.
Why is it that nobody in Chris Brown’s publicity team was concerned that this public glorification of a serious crime that affects thousands of women every day; that Brown had been convicted of, could cause such public anger?