Chris Brown: Neck Tattoo Draws Huge Media Backlash

Chris Brown’s new neck tattoo sent shockwaves through the entertainment community yesterday.

Folks were outraged by the image of a battered woman being inked on his neck—of all places—and immediately thought it was a likeness of the 2009 image of Rihanna’s face following their domestic violence incident that year. can now report that the image permanently placed on the 23-year-old entertainer’s neck is based off of a Mexican-themed skull in commemoration of Dia de los Muertos.

His rep released a statement confirming the tattoo’s reference image.

“His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw. It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported,” stated the publicist.

Chris Brown neck tattoo/Mac sugar skull art

Brown’s tattoo artist Peter K. has also confirmed that the image he created on the “Forever” singer’s neck was not derived from an image of Rihanna.

“It’s absolutely not Rihanna,” he said. “He brought me a reference picture of a MAC skull he had in his phone.”

The Tappahannock, VA-bred singer took to his official Twitter page @ChrisBrown to defend his decision to get the tattoo.

Last night, I discussed this very issue on HLN’s “Jane Velez Mitchell.”  Take a look at the video clip of us discussing Brown’s tattoo and Rihanna’s recent interview with Oprah Winfrey about him:

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