Celebrity tattoo artist Keith ‘Bang Bang’ McCurdy is responsible for some of the most famous inkings in showbiz.
In case you don’t recall, this is the guy that gave Cara Delevingne her famous lion finger tattoo, is behind most of Justin Bieber’s stamps and pretty much ALL of Rihanna’s.
And now, he’s been revealing all about his celebrity clients. First up, Kylie Jenner, who recently went to him for a cheeky bum tatt.
‘She’s really nice’, Bang Bang NYC told Allure of her visit. ‘She came in with a group of friends; they hung out. We clicked right away. She had a really clear idea of what she wanted to get, so I got straight to work.’
But as we saw on her Snapchat, the 18-year-old reacted to the tattooing process in a pretty unexpected way…
‘She was laughing so hard. I think that it’s common reaction to getting a tattoo when someone’s being delicate’, he said. ‘I was trying to be gentle, and so it’s ticklish for sure. She was not still.’
So, what does the famous inker think of Kylie and Kendall’s teeny tiny tattoos? (NB: Kendall has a dot on her finger, and Kylie boasts a tiny heart on her arm).
‘I think that it’s a way to introduce yourself to tattooing, and it’s a bit delicate’, he said of the emerging trend for miniscule inkings. ‘Tattoos are meant to decorate your body, whether you want to cover your whole body or just a small piece.’
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So, who’s his favourite celebrity client? Well, sorry Kylie, but it looks like Cara scoops this one.
Naming his standout career moment, Keith said: ‘Working on Cara, doing a custom temporary tattoo for the Met Ball. It’s like I’m putting my designs right next to Stella McCartney and all these other incredible designers that have teams of people working for months to design these dresses. It was so challenging for me and also just a great opportunity.’
McCurdy finished by revealing the most popular tattoo trend of the moment. Can you guess?
‘Text is probably the most popular’, he revealed. ‘And I don’t think that means it’s common or anything like that. I think it’s just that there are so many variations of text, and words speak so powerfully to people.’
‘I have words tattooed on me all over the place. It’s not something that’s like, Oh, it’s easy; we’ll just type it up and tattoo it. We actually spend a lot of time designing that text for that person, for that body part. It works well.’