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Rihanna Gets a 'Thug Life' Tattoo

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Rihanna has always been fond of tattoos, and her new one sure sends a message.

Newly emblazoned across her knuckles is the phrase “Thug Life,” as seen in a photo the singer, 23, posted to Twitter. It’s apparently an homage to Tupac Shakur, who had the same phrase tattooed across his stomach.

And indeed, Rihanna has mentioned Tupac in a series of occasionally obscene Twitter posts over the past day – many of them in response to fans’ outrage that she would identify with thug culture.

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In fact, Rihanna has been fond of the “Thug Life” phrase for some time. She wrote the words on her knuckles with a pink Sharpie last September, the Daily Mail reports.