The meanings behind Rihanna's tattoos are all different. The meaning of her shoulder tattoo is meant to be a daily reminder for her. It was placed on backwards so Rihanna could read it in the mirror. This quote is her favorite life motto which reads "Never a failure, always a lesson".
Rihanna's gun tattoo meaning was originally for a friend. Rihanna planned on giving one of her friends a tattoo as a birthday gift but also ended up giving herself one, which seems like the obvious thing to do. The gun is located under her right arm.
Rihanna's "Shhh...." tattoo meaning gives her a creative way of telling someone when it's time to shut up. Many other celebrities also have the same design on their pointer finger like Lindsay Lohan and Cher Lloyd. This popular design is copied by many and we can assume this ink is used on a daily basis.
The meaning behind Rihanna's sanskrit tattoo was a quote from Santana Dharma. The tat is meant to read, "forgiveness, honesty, suppression ,and control" but unfortunately it was translated to "Long suffering, truthfulness, self-restraint, inward calm, fear and fearlessness". Luckily for Rihanna, few can read Sanskrit so we doubt anyone will notice this major mishap.
Rihanna's skull tattoo meaning is meant to represent danger, however the pink bow doesn't really let it live up to it's meaning. This is Rihanna's only tattoo that includes colored ink and the symbol is located on her back leg just above the ankle.
The meaning for Rihanna's music notes tattoo was in honor of her very successful music career. Rihanna got the tats done during 2006, prior to releasing most of her major hits. The notes are located on the top part of her foot but have since been covered up with another design.
While the meaning of Rihanna's "love" tattoo is unknown, this popular design is most likely in regards to someone or something Rihanna is passionate about. "Love" is located on her right middle finger in a cursive font.
The meaning of Rihanna's goddess Egyptian tattoo was in honor of her grandmother. The goddess is Isis, who ancient Egyptians believed represented the perfect mother and wife. This ink is one of Rihanna's largest tats and covers her chest.
The meaning behind Rihanna's chevron and line tattoos on her hands has yet to be revealed by the singer. However, she clearly loves tribal prints, symbols, and anything strange… which explains a lot.
The meaning of Rihanna's falcon tattoo was meant to represent the Egyptian falcon, which for the Egyptians represented a king in the sky. The falcon covers up Rihanna's musical notes, so it is possible this famous star regretted getting the music symbols inked on her foot and decided to cover the notes up with this new ink.