Sunday, September 06, 2009


The city of New York has thrown the book at the tattoo parlor where Rihanna illegally inked a few people back in July. The NY Daily News reports:

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene cited East Side Ink for "operating with an unlicensed tattoo artist on site" after the R&B singer was photographed tattooing several of the shop's employees during a visit with her longtime tattoo artist, BangBang.

"Only licensed tattoo artists can administer tattoos in the city according to the City's Health Code," the department said after learning of the incident.

Officials said the fine amount could range from $200-$2000.

"[Rihanna was] not necessarily getting tattoo lessons. She came by originally to say 'hi,' and she ended up tatting BangBang," East Side Ink owner Yadira told MTV News in July, adding that the singer gave the tattoo artist an "R" on his leg.

Pleased with her work, the 21-year-old singer continued adding ink on the shop's other tattoo artists.

"Then Josh Lord got an 'R' with '2' on his leg, and Patrick Conlon got an 'R3' on his arm," Yadira said. "She hadn't done that before."

He added, "We had a blast. It was so funny and cute."

With a fine as high as $2000, the poor sense of judgment isn't looking so cute anymore.

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