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Tattoo artist Bang Bang reveals how he met Rihanna

[…] In 2005, a 17-year-old Rihanna strolled into the shop looking for a nipple ring. When she asked the store piercer, Joe Snake, for the best tattoo artist in the city, he told her Bang Bang was the man she was looking for, showing her a Freddy Krueger tattoo he had done on the store manager’s thigh.

The budding singer was impressed and and on the day of her consult with 19-year-old Bang Bang she explained that she wanted a tattoo a necklace made up of Sanskrit writings on the back of her legs.

A few days later she came back with a Paper magazine reporter in tow, and while she originally wanted the tattoo running down her leg, Bang Bang says ‘it did not look sexy’ when they put the stencil on it.

Instead, he convinced her to put it on her hip, which Rihanna is still grateful for. Ten years later, he and the singer, who is now 27, is still a client and a ‘forever friend’. She even wrote the foreword of Bang Bang’s book.

‘The thing I value most about Bang Bang is his honesty,’ Rihanna reveals. ‘He will never tattoo a bad idea—like EVER. That is the best thing about him—he has shut down so many of my crazy ideas.’

She goes on to say that when she was getting her now infamous gun tattoo, he was the one who talked her out of getting two of them on her collarbones.

Bang Bang credits Rihanna for leading him to the likes of Katy Perry of Cara Delevingne, explaining that much of his notoriety has been from word of mouth and later celebrity photos and shout-outs shared on social media.

The artist says when he first met Cara at the Gansevoort Hotel with Rihanna, he had no idea how famous the 23-year-old model was. Bang Bang explains that she originally wanted ‘Lion’ spelled out on her index finger because she is a Leo, but he was the one who suggested she should get something that looked like a piece of jewelry.

Cara and Rihanna’s Instagram photos of her lion tattoo earned him a legion of new fans, and his current page features countless pictures of him with celebrity clients such as Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

The in-demand artist even allows his elite clientele to tattoo him, starting with an umbrella drawn by Rihanna, and now his leg is now a gallery of celebrity art.

Read the full article at Daily Mail.

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