Lawana McKnight’s wrist is still glossy with A&D Ointment. On Monday, the 18-year-old high school senior inked the salute, “Team Breezy, CB,” as a permanent sign of her dedication to Chris Brown. When the young Houston native heard her favorite artist plead to fans for help with radio support, she immediately followed suit. Here, she explains to VIBE why. —Tracy Garraud
VIBE: How long have you been a fan of Chris?
Lawana McKnight: Since I was ninth grade. Right when he came out with Exclusive. It hasn’t been from the very beginning, but it feels like it for me.
Were you a stan from jump, or did it grow over time?
It grew. He basically just captured me with his talent (sighs). The music, the personality… it’s something else.
How did you feel about his incident with Rihanna?
I was shocked, but I wasn’t about to stop being a fan. Everybody makes mistakes and I continued to be there. A month after was when I got my first tattoo.
I feel like it’s just a way for me to express myself. I’m a hard stan. I was reading all the negative comments on Media Takeout saying [that] I was stupid, but people just don’t understand. That’s how I feel I have to express my support.
You don’t think that tattoos are too extreme?
No. At the end of the day I like to be different.
When did you get this second one done?
Did you think about it or was it on a whim?
I thought about it. I’m really proud to be a part of Team Breezy. So me again wanting to express myself, I did it again.
Would you get another one?
I don’t want to think about that right now? [laughs]
Because it would probably happen?
It’s a strong possibility [laughs]. You can judge me, you can say whatever you want, but I don’t care… that’s how Chris Brown should feel.
Have your parents seen this?
Yeah my mother’s seen it, but she didn’t really say anything because she’s a fan too. She was shocked, but it wasn’t all that bad.
She didn’t think you’d gone too far with the second one?
She was just like, ‘What did you get this time?’ because I told her I was going to get her and my Daddy’s name tatted on me. Which I will, but not right now [laughs].