Chris Brown has made headlines for something other than his music or club fights. The R&B singer-dancer has ignited an online firestorm after unveiling what many have speculated was a tattoo of a battered woman. Now his tattoo artist is speaking up. 

“I hate when people misinterpret what I do,” Brown’s tattoo artist, Peter Koskela, to E!NNews. “It was really a blow to me to think that people would think so little of a person that I would actually put a picture of a beaten woman on his neck. That was crazy to me, that he would come to me and say, ‘Hey, I want Rihanna’s face on me.’ I would never promote any kind of domestic violence like that. Even if he asked me to do it, I would have bounced right there.”

The image called in to question his brutal 2009 physical assault of ex-girlfriend Rihanna. But on Tuesday (Sept. 11), Brown and his representatives dismissed such talk.

A spokesperson for Brown told E! News that the female portrait was a combination of “a sugar skull” (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos) and a “MAC cosmetics design.”

And to further make the claim, Brown took to Twitter. 

But even Koskela, the artist, had to admit that the image was a bit misleading. 

“When I did see the picture and his head was cocked to the side, it did look like it was rough around the edges. People thought it was a beat-up face, but it takes two weeks to heal because the neck is constantly moving.”

His new body art comes just days after Rihanna tweeted a picture of her new tattoo, an image of the Egyptian Goddess Isis across her torso and under her breasts. She said it was to honor her grandmother. 

Brown’s body art has been blanketing his skin for some time. Aside from his “sugar skull,” he recently inked a flying jet cruising above the his belly button. He tweeted about the tatto before he flew in for the final ink.  

“About to go in on this #fighterjet #f16 #plane #tattoo on #chrisbrown,” posted tattoo artist John Petro, the man responsible for the work. —Keith Murphy, CBS Local


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