Rihanna and Kylie Jenner's Tattoo Artist Shares the Most Popular Request From Celebrities


What do Rihanna, Rita Ora, Vanessa Hudgens, and Katy Perry have in common? Yes, they’re all young, rich, and famous; they’re also all repeat clients of celebrity tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy. If you’re not one of his 1.1 million Instagram followers, let me catch you up: He inked Justin Bieber 40,000 feet up in the air while flying on a private plane, and he’s the man responsible for Cara Delevingne’s signature finger tattoo of a lion. And it all started when RiRi stumbled into his tattoo shop a decade ago looking for nipple rings and an artist to do her Sanskrit hip tattoo. Now, hundreds of celebrity referrals later, he’s sharing the highs and lows of his career in a new book, Bang Bang: My Life in Ink. I sat down with him at his New York City shop to talk celebrity clientele, design trends, and what to look for in a good tattoo artist.