Rihanna’s 24 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Being immensely talented, Rihanna is one of the most popular and cherished singers in Hollywood. The number of awards she has won for her music are stirring as well as worth an appreciation. But music is not the ONLY thing Rihanna is crazy about. She is crazy about tattoos just the same. Check out Rihanna’s 20 tattoos right below.


1. First Tattoo

musical notes

This Rihanna tattoo is her first tattoo and it marks her fresh singing career. She has recently got it covered with a falcon tattoo.

2. Pisces

Rihanna tattoos Pisces

She has a pieces sign behind her right ear. It was done by an ever-so-busy Brazilian tattoo artist who was luckily in Tokyo at the same time as Rihanna.

3. Sanskrit

sanskrit prayer

She has a Sanskrit prayer rolling down her hip which says “Forgiveness, Honesty, Suppression, and Control.”

4. Star

Rihanna tattoos Stars on Her ear

She has a star inside her left ear. She got it in NYC.

5. Arabic

Rihanna tattoos Arabic

She has an Arabic phrase down her ribs which says, ‘Al Hurria fi Al Maseeh‘. This translates to ‘Freedom in God‘.

6. Stars on Her Back


Her popular star tattoo on her back was started in LA when it was just on her neck. She had added more which went down her back, later on in New York.

7. Skulls and Crossbones

soloured skull

During her stay in Miami, she got a skull and crossbones, topped with a cute pink hair bow, on her left ankle.

8. Love

Rihanna tattoos Love

She has “Love” tattooed on her middle finger. Now, what’s up with that one?

9. Shhh..

Rihanna Shhh tattoo

One of the most inspiring tattoos of Rihanna, her “Shh” tattoo on her index finger inspired Lindsay Lohan and Lily Allen. And of course, her fans!

10. 4.11.1986

birth date

Rihanna has the birth date of her best friend, Melissa, tattooed on her left shoulder. Melissa did a very same tattoo just after her. BFFs?

11. Tribal Tattoo


Rihanna has a tribal inspired tattoo on her hands which she updated while she was in New Zealand.

12. Handgun

Rihanna tattoos Handgun

During her LA getaway, Rihanna had flown her tattooist, Bang Bang, from NYC to her home in the Hills. She had decided to give a tattoo as a birthday gift to her friend and at the same time, she has decided to get one for herself!

13. Lessons to Learn

Rihanna tattoos Lessons to Learn

Never a failure, always a lesson”, is a tattoo that is written backward near her right shoulder. That way she can read it in the mirror. Clever, eh?

14. Rebelle!

rebelle fleur

After Rihanna’s famous “Rebelle Fleur” tattoo, Internet pedants claimed that it was “gibberish” because she got the French phrasing wrong. Well, she was annoyed for sure.

15. Cross


She got a cross sign right on her collar bone.

16. Lover

love in tibetean

She has “Lover” written in the Tibetan language on her butt.

17. Falcon


She got a Falcon and covered the musical notes on her left foot. She said, “Falcon: a light that shines in the darkness! Never close their eyes during sleep.”

18. Tribute to Grandma


Rihanna paid tribute to her late grandmother with a tattoo of an Egyptian goddess, Isis. Isis is said to be ‘the ideal mother and wife’ as well as a friend to slaves, sinners and the downtrodden.

19. Egyptian Queen


Rihanna has a tattoo of Nefertiti on her. Nefertiti was the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Akhenaten. Nefertiti had many titles including Hereditary Princess, Great of Praises, Lady of Grace, Sweet of Love.

20. 1988

birth year

She has “1988” tattooed on her ankle. It is the year of her birth.

21. Thug Life

Rihanna tattoo Thug Life

She has a tattoo called “Thug Life” on her knuckles. The tattoo is a tribute to legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. The tattoo was done by artist Mark Mahoney with semi-permanent white ink.

22. Chevron Lines

Rihanna tattoo chevron lines

Rihanna has a tattoo of chevron lines on the back of her hand. She expanded her tattoo and added these chevrons and lines all over her fingers, hand, and wrist.

23. Wrist of Cross

Rihanna tattoo cross

In January 2014, artist Bang Bang gave Rihanna this tattoo of a cross on the inside of her right wrist.

24. Shark

Rihanna tattoo shark

This is the latest tattoo of Rihanna and that is a camouflage print shark on her left ankle.

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