Rihanna Gets Tattooed -- With a Mallet?!

The singer is known for her body art, but she took it a step further with the tribal tattoo she got in New Zealand

When people want to remember their trip to another country, they do so by purchasing souvenirs or taking photos of breathtaking sights. Rihanna, however, decided to get a tribal tattoo to celebrate her time in New Zealand.

This commemoration doesn't seem out of the ordinary for the singer, who already has plenty of ink. But this was not your typical needle-in-the-skin tattoo.

With traditional Maori tattoos, the pigment is embedded into the skin with a chisel and mallet. This tattoo method lost popularity in the 19th century (we think we know why), but recently began to reemerge.

And Rihanna didn't get a small Maori tattoo. The singer's new ink runs from her fingers all the way up her forearm.

Watch the video below of Rihanna trying to sit through this extremely cringe-worthy process. (We suggest you keep your computer on mute.)

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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