Chris Brown Explains Neck Tattoo: "This Is Art"

Chris Brown arrives at the Kandy Vegas Labor Day weekend party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on September 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Credit: Jeff R. Bottari/Getty Images

That settles that, then.

Chris Brown confused many, many observers on Tuesday, after a photo emerged of the singer showing off a sizable new neck tattoo -- which at first glance seemed to potentially portray his ex girlfriend and/or a battered woman.

A rep for the 23-year-old "Don't Wake Me Up" singer subsequently denied that the fresh ink was a rendering of either Rihanna, 24, or any battered female.

"I'm an artist and this is art. Dia de los Muertos," Brown Tweeted Tuesday night, referencing the Mexican Day of the Dead, held Nov. 1; the new stamp is instead a sugar skull, an image associated with the celebration. The image was also inspired by "a MAC cosmetics design he saw," his rep told TMZ.

Brown and Rihanna -- whom he assaulted in February 2009 -- had a very public reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards last Thursday.

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