The singer causes controversy by changing design

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Rihanna has shocked fans by covering the traditional Maori tattoo she had inked on her hand just weeks ago with a huge new design.

After painfully having the original work done using a chisel and mallet in New Zealand earlier this month, Ri-Ri decided to have it updated by her favourite artists from the Bang Bang New York parlour.

She was so keen to get it done that she even flew the tattooists out 1,500 miles to the Dominican Republic, where she was performing on her Diamonds world tour this week.

The new henna-inspired skin ink was done by two artists working together to make the Maori etching look ‘pretty’.

‘We drew on her hand from 7pm to midnight,’ Bang Bang McCurdy tells E! News.

‘She had something pre-existing on her hand. So it was a little bit of a cover up, but also making it look good, wanted to make sure it flowed.

‘[It was one of the] most challenging designs I’ve done on Rihanna before. This one had elements to it that were very unique, covering up pieces of it, combining pieces of it, making up new pieces.

Ri flipped out [when it was finished]! Absolutely loved it, loved it! It’s a hard thing when you get a tattoo and not absolutely love it.’

Fellow artist Cally-Jo called 25-year-old Ri-Ri ‘awesome’ for having the new etching done but not everybody is so keen on the updated design.

Many fans were deeply offended that Rihanna covered up her symbolic Maori art.

Covering a traditional tattoo is a disgrace to you,’ one angry fan wrote on Instagram.

Ok as a maori you have gibem great insult to covering the tattoo. This is what we call tapu. Pretty bloody rude,’ a disgruntled New Zealand native added.

Watch Rihanna get her original Maori inking in Auckland…

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