This is wild!!
The event promoters told Justin he could not
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The truth is, the face inked onto his neck earlier this month wasn't RiRi at all, but simply a "sugar skull" meant to honor the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muerto.
We're sure Breezy wasn't happy to be the center of more controversy, but it sounds like no one was more upset than the man behind the artwork.
"I hate when people misinterpret what I do. 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. I don't do racist tattoos, I don't do gang-related tattoos and I don't do anything hurtful. That is just the motto I live by. The other tattoo artists might, but I just don't."
Even though he condemns the tattoo's association with domestic violence, he actually understands why it may have been interpretted that way.
Commenting on the red carpet picture in Las Vegas that prominently showcased the new tat and spurred the speculation, Koskela continued:
"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."
Although we're not the biggest fans of the piece, we totally understand this guy's frustration because this
scandal situation got blown WAY out of proportion!
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