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Artist downplays Rihanna tattoo error

April 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- Pop star Rihanna likely does not care that a Sanskrit tattoo on her right hip is misspelled, the New York artist responsible for the body art says.

Tattoo artist Bang Bang said he inked the "Good Girl Gone Bad" star's tattoo based on a necklace pattern and doubts the spelling error would be of major consequence, the New York Post said Sunday.

"It's copied off of a necklace that she got from somebody important to her," he said, "so I doubt she'd care (if it was spelled correctly)."

Richard Gunde, assistant director at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, said tattoo errors can be found on other celebrities as well.

Gunde said singer Justin Timberlake has a Chinese character tattoo that means "song" while also representing the words "bent" and "wrong."

Singer Britney Spears meanwhile has Chinese characters inside a flower tattoo that she intended to mean "mysterious," when they actual represent "strange," Gunde told the Post.

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