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RiRi Breaks Law -- Think Before You Ink!

7/2/2009 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rihanna picked up a tattoo needle last night at a parlor in NYC -- which would be totally fun and cool, if it wasn't also incredibly illegal.

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We're told RiRi tattooed three of East Side Ink's artists with umbrellas and the letter R. None of her pet projects cared that she didn't have a license -- but the NYC Law Department does.

They say Rihanna could be slapped with three misdemeanors for the offense, each with its own hefty penalty -- as much as $300 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third.

Sources say the tattoo shop could also face considerable fines of its own if the NYC Law Dept. decides to open an investigation.

UPDATE: The NYC Health Department just told TMZ: "Only licensed tattoo artists can administer tattoos in the city according to the City's Health Code. We are sending someone down to follow up on this."

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Freep    

m

1856 days ago
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missing you mj!    

Not sure much people are thinking legalities when someone like Rhianna is in their business...

1856 days ago
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Tami    

Since when is $1800 a "hefty penalty" for a celebrity?

1856 days ago
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Kim    

So now TMZ is a celebrity NARC site?! You tattle tale mother f'ers.

1856 days ago
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ly9512    

What a dumb move on both their parts though. I'm so sick of Rihanna acting like shes the biggest badass out there. And I hate how her attitude has changed ever since she was beat by Chris Brown.

1856 days ago
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PEPSI Generation    

He died with doctor`s help from LUPUS no money in that story

1856 days ago
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FLOLVR    

why don't you guys leave her alone. the media is trying to destroy her. she is the one that got beat down. the police should spend tax payer money investigating rape cases they have pilling up. that why this country is broke. waste of energy

1856 days ago
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Solaera    

Ugh. Tattoos and Rhianna...they're both passe.

1856 days ago
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Who Dat!!!    

As if NYC is going to pass up a chance to take someones money. Big Brother Thanks you TMZ.

1856 days ago
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Janet    

She may have got beat down as you say above, but SHE beat 'ol Chris down FIRST!

1856 days ago
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Echo    

Just another of our billion laws we need to follow in order to be considered "free".

1856 days ago
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STFU    

It's really not that big of a deal plus they have wavers you have to sign. If you're at responsible tattoo shop that is.

P.S. Solaera tattoos aren't passe

1856 days ago
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Yasmine    

Ooooh y'all some damn snitches. WTF is wrong with you snitchin' on a girl? She isn't the first to do it and they wouldn't have let her go ahead if she didn't know what she was doing. Oooo TMZ is not cool in any way shape of form. SOME SNITCHIN' BIATCHES!

1856 days ago
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L.    

Oh gosh. If someone is dumb enough to let a..."non-professional" tattoo their body, then so be it. lmfao

1856 days ago
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T Bone    

Um.... snitches... and then bragged about it like a little kid tattle telling. You guys are funny.

1856 days ago
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