Rihanna Illegally Inks Employees, Tattoo Parlor Fined
An East Village tattoo parlor where singer Rihanna illegally inked the employees now has an indelible stain on its record.
Inspectors, tipped off that the pretty “Umbrella” crooner had left her mark on three people who work at East Side Ink, found another unlicensed artist working there when they went to investigate, and slapped the business with a fine.
The inspection was made a day after Rihanna tattooed an umbrella and her initial “R” into workers as paparazzi snapped her artistry from outside.
The citation — which includes a fine of between $200 and $2,000 — did not involve the Rihanna incident, because the inspector got to the tat shop hours after the star had left, the city Department of Health said.
“We got a call from a celebrity media outlet that Rihanna had been at the parlor and that she had been tattooing, but she was gone by the time the inspector got there,” said department spokeswoman Celina De Leon. “But he did find a tattoo artist who was unlicensed operating there.”