updated 01/26/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/26/2012 AT 11:30 AM ET
Newly emblazoned across her knuckles is the phrase “Thug Life,” as seen in a photo the singer, 23, posted to Twitter. It’s apparently an homage to Tupac Shakur, who had the same phrase tattooed across his stomach.
And indeed, Rihanna has mentioned Tupac in a series of occasionally obscene Twitter posts over the past day – many of them in response to fans’ outrage that she would identify with thug culture.