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.

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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.

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"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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