Chris Brown Says Tat Was Inspired By Ad, NOT Rihanna

Breezy clears up the speculation over his new body art.

Posted: 09/12/2012 01:23 PM EDT
Chris Brown Tattoo

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Chris Brown raised more than a few eyebrows when he turned up recently with a tattoo that many say bears an uncanny resemblance to his ex-love Rihanna. But Breezy wants to make it perfectly clear: the tat is not of Rihanna but of a woman he saw in a M.A.C. cosmetics ad.

A rep for Brown tells TMZ that the tat, which depicts a beautiful woman with one half her face distorted, was influenced by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). On the day when Americans celebrate Halloween, Mexicans pay homage to ancestors as well as friends and family that have passed by painting their faces and making sweet treats decorated with artistic skeletal drawings reminiscent of a Tim Burton film.

Although to some Brown's tattoo appears to be an image of a battered woman, it is actually inspired by the "sugar skull"— a traditional figure of Dia de los Muertos.

The resemblance to Rihanna? Purely coincidental.

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