Rihanna's new grandma tattoo

Rihanna is not one to shy away from showing a bit of flesh - but her latest breast exposure is, we are assured, purely in the name of her dear grandma.

The pop songstress has showed off her newest piece of body art, tweeting a picture of her freshly-inked torso.

The tattoo depicts Egyptian goddess Isis, her head turned to the left, one knee raised and the other kneeling. The goddess' sleek wings span the star's lower rib cage, reaching under her breasts.

The 24-year-old tweeted that the art was in honour of her late grandmother, who died in July after a battle with cancer.

The Barbados native wrote: "Goddess Isis- Complete Woman - Model for future generations- #GRANGRANDOLLY - always in and on my heart #1love."

Isis was revered by artistic and less privileged ancient Egyptians who hailed her as the ideal family woman. Her image joins close to 20 other tattoos on Rihanna's body.

Rihanna, complete with new elfin hairdo, showed no hint of the body art at the MTV Video Awards last week, but paraded other inkings alongside her demure, backless white gown. Her stage performance at the star-studded ceremony was laced with Egyptian iconography, including a gold Ankh - the symbol of eternal love - necklace.

As permanent as it may be, her new tattoo's placement means that with a bit of time and age, the image my find itself a little distorted, what with - ahem - southerly moving assets above.

The story Rihanna's new grandma tattoo first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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