Chris Brown Explains Neck Tattoo: "This Is Art"

The singer denies that his new ink is a representation of his ex Rihanna, but says it's a Mexican sugar skull inspired by a MAC cosmetic design

Chris Brown and Rihanna might have had a very talked about reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards this year, but he didn't immortalize their former relationship with a tattoo like many believe.

On Tuesday, the 23-year-old entertainer was spotted with a large neck tattoo seemingly showing a battered woman. Many jumped to assume it was Rihanna, 24, but it turns out that we were all off the money. Brown took to his Twitter account to clarify the ink.

"I’m an artist and this is art," he tweeted. "Dia de los Muertos."

That's right: the tattoo is supposed to be a take on the sugar skulls used during Mexico's Day of the Dead holiday. The "Till I Die" singer is a little early for celebrations, though. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on Nov. 1, which is still a month and a half away. But Brown's representative explains that inspiration struck the rapper early, and he decided to get the ink on a whim.

"His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw," the rep tells TMZ. "It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported."

Speaking of sugar, Brown recently showed off his sweet side while volunteering with the Jenesse Center in Los Angeles to help with their "Back To School Festival." TMZ has the scoop that Brown decided to buy the children in attendance some tasty treats from a nearby ice cream truck while they were enjoying the fest. He paid for the food with his own money, shelling out a few hundred dollars in total.

The Jenesse Center is a not-for-profit that helps kids involved in domestic violence households to prevent them from exhibiting similar behavior when they become adults. Maybe Brown could have used more ice cream as a child.

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