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Rihanna's Maori Tattoo Done Using Chisel, Mallet in New Zealand (Video)

Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 01:05 PM

By Alexandra Ward

Rihanna added to her rapidly growing ink collection this week in New Zealand, but this traditional Maori tattoo was done using a chisel and mallet instead of a needle.

The R&B singer, who is currently on her "Diamonds" world tour, stopped off at Moko Ink studio in West Auckland where tattooists Inia Taylor and Tiki Taane used a chisel, mallet, and ink pigments to etch an elaborate Polynesian design into her right hand, fingers, and wrist, the Daily Mail reported.

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Taane later uploaded a video clip of the session to YouTube, where Rihanna's fans praised her for sitting through the painful tattoo.

"Good on you RiRi! She is one bad a—! NZ proud :)" one person commented.

"Love her! Always get a tattoo when she's here! And gets it done the traditional tribal way!" another posted.

"This is awesome! I love she chose to go traditional she must really love this country. I have so much respect for her," someone else wrote.

Besides her new traditional Maori tattoo, Rihanna, 25, also has the goddess Isis on her chest, music notes on her ankle, stars on her back, and a gun on her ribcage.

This isn't the first time a recent stop on her world tour has made headlines. Last month, Rihanna was at the center of an international exotic animal controversy after she tweeted a photo of herself and a slow loris — an endangered primate — in Thailand.

The photo led to the arrest of the keepers that were reportedly charging tourists to take photos with the squirrel-like creature.

Warning: The video below shows some blood.

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