Given her recent domestic assault, one might think Rihanna would be the last person who'd want to glamourise violence.
But the 21-year-old made the unusual decision to have a handgun tattooed on her body this week.
The singer, who has often been seen wearing a miniature gun pendant necklace, had the weapon etched across her ribcage.
Weapon of choice: Rihanna shows off her new tattoo of a handgun
She visited Los Angeles based tattoo artist BangBang, who initially drew two guns on either side of the tops of her arms.
But the singer decided against having the weapons inked on in such a prominent position because of her contract with make-up brand Cover Girl.
BangBang wrote on his website: 'I really wanted to put it here [on her arms]… She loved ‘em. But, Cover Girl wouldn’t have liked it much… and they pay the bills!'
Practice run: Rihanna had two guns drawn onto the tops of her arms in pen but decided against having the tattoos in such a prominent position
Favourite accessory: Rihanna stepped out earlier this month with a gun pendant on her necklace
He continued: 'Ended up doing it on her ribs.'
Rihanna already has many other tattoos, including a collection of stars plunging down her back, a music note on her ankle and a Pisces sign behind her right ear.
She also has a star inside her left ear, a Sanskrit prayer going down the hip, the word Shhh... down her index finger, and a tribal patter on her right hand.
* Rihanna parties without Chris Brown as couple 'take a break' following assault drama
Rihanna has been keeping a reasonably low profile in recent times following her assault drama.
She was allegedly beaten up by her boyfriend Chris Brown during a heated argument in his sports car the day before the Grammy Awards.
The couple, who reconciled after the incident despite his domestic battery charges, are said to be on a break.
Brown is expected to be back in court for an arraignment on April 6.
Legal experts have claimed that the case against Brown could hinge on Rihanna's co-operation.
Her spokesperson has previously insisted that she will 'do everything that the law requires her to do'.
Man I love me some Rihanna. I also have been known to dig tats and tats on the ladies. I just don't get the G.I. Joe gun that she has had tatted on her? There is nothing sexy about them. They aren't gangsta. They are actually pretty lame. I mean even Bushwick Bill couldn't use it. If she got something more along the lines of this:
This is hot-
Tats hot...chick not so much-
Now I know Stylegal would normally be posting this but she is a little preoccupied with her friend having a baby boy.