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No Pain, No Gain. Rhianna Endures Traditional Maori Tattoo Method As Part Of Healing Process

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10/10/2013 8:42 pm
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No Pain, No Gain. Rhianna Endures Traditional Maori Tattoo Method As Part Of Healing Process

Mata Lauano

Staff Writer

There were probably a lot people thinking “why on EARTH would you put yourself through that pain?” when news of Rihanna’s new tattoo and the method with which it was chiseled onto her skin broke. Followed by a few side-glances with regard to how aesthetically unpleasant it is to the eye. However it has been revealed by Rihanna’s Kiwi tattooist, Inia Taylor, that Rihanna put herself through the pain as part of her “healing process” after such an acidic relationship. On Wednesday, while in New Zealand, the singer inked a traditional Maori tribal tattoo on her hand, designed by Taylor. Taylor told Celebuzz he hadn’t realized she’s had such a hard time, and that apparently she had “such an asshole of a boyfriend” that the tattoo was done as a reminder of the things in the past. “Lord knows she overcame a lot of that sh*t.” The Maori design uses the ancient language of Ta Moko to symbolise a traditional prayer, according to the website. Taylor explains that Rihanna chose the particular design to demonstrate her desire to search for a deeper meaning in life. Saying that the symbols involved are “of dreams, hope, aspirations and navigation” with the Polynesian stars on her fingers. It was New Zealand musician Tiki Taane who introduced Rihanna to the tattoo artist, and who also posted a video of the tattoo session on YouTube. In the video you can hear the sound of the chisel pounding into Rihanna’s skin as she grimaces through it. At one point the process was stopped as Rihanna had to wipe blood off of her knuckles and you can tell that if she was really putting herself through this pain, similar to that of the Samoan tatau process, then she was really allowing herself some leeway to think over and move past her former rocky relationship.


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