Chris Brown's new neck tattoo is NOT Rihanna's face ... or a battered woman for that matter -- at least according to the singer's rep -- who insists it's actually a Mexican-themed skull in commemoration of Dia de los Muertos.
Chris' rep tells us, "His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a MAC cosmetics design he saw. It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported."
According to the tattoo artist, CB brought him the "sugar skull" design from a MAC ad the singer had seen.
My Tat's NOT Rihanna!!!
It's a Day of the Dead Skull
9/11/2012 1:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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