Everyone knows that Rihanna is a tattoo trendsetter, but authorities in New York City are investigating claims that pop star Rihanna illegally tattooed several people at East Side Ink on Wednesday evening, MTV News reported.
Rihanna was caught by the paparazzi with a tattoo instrument in her hand, reportedly inking people at the tattoo parlor. And now, the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are looking into the alleged incident.
“Only licensed tattoo artists can administer tattoos in the city according to the City’s Health Code,” the NYDHMH told MTV News in a statement. “We are sending someone to follow up on this.”
East Side Ink owner Yadira told the music channel that Rihanna came to the shop with some friends and stayed for “a few hours, just hanging out and joking,” the woman said. “She came by to hang out with us and her regular tattoo artist Bang Bang,” says East Side Ink owner Yadira.
Riri gave her buddy and the other artists one of her signature signs.
“She tattooed us for a change,” says Yadira. “It’s a little umbrella with a capital R underneath it. The second and third had a number two and a number three next to it.”
Later, BangBang a tattooist at the parlor, the same man who gave Rihanna her infamous gun tattoo underneath her arm earlier this year, wanted the pop star to put some ink on him. “He decided he wanted to get a tattoo from her, and then two of the other artists decided they wanted to get one as well.” “We had a blast,” Yadira said. “It was so funny and cute.”
Still, Yadira says it’s only illegal if she is making a profit. And as for Rihanna facing any legal drama, an NYPD spokeswoman tells E! News. “Someone would have to make a complaint. There’s been none that we know of.”
Who would complain? Most people—and probably even Lindsay—would love such a unique souvenir.
According to TMZ, however, the fun could lead to a fine. Tattooing without a license comes with penalties; $300 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third.
A rep for the “Umbrella” singer was not immediately available for comment.
I would love to get tattooed by her? I think it would be a great experience.