Chris Brown has denied suggestions that his new tattoo portrays the bruised face of his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. The inked sketch "is art", he said, intended to represent a Mexican sugar skull.
"I'm an artist and this is art," Brown tweeted. His publicist also released a statement, dismissing the suggestion that Brown's tattoo is a reference to Rihanna, whom Brown attacked in 2009. "His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw," they said. "It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported."