Tattoo Genius Bang Bang Tells Us How To Get Cara Delevigne’s Met Gala Tats
Incase you missed it, Cara Delevigne turned heads at the Met Gala with bouquets of floating cherry blossoms inked all over her arms, chest, and neck. The genius behind Cara’s temporary ink is celeb tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, who was also the hands behind her iconic lion’s head and bacon lover tattoos. Bang Bang has also inked Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Rita Ora, Adele, and sometimes he lets his celeb clients tat him back! Rumor has it that Justin Bieber turned the tattoo gun on Bang Bang and decorated him with a cartoon mouse. Bang Bang shared his ink filled life with Galore, from the most painful place to get tattooed, to inking realistic nipples on a woman’s body.
How did you decide to do flowers on Cara?
I wanted the tattoo to be symbolic of this year’s theme (China: Through The Looking Glass), but also wanted to keep it simple in design with birds and blossoms.
What’s the most difficult tattoo you’ve ever done?
Each tattoo is uniquely different, but I recently tattooed a woman who had gotten a double mastectomy. It was the first time I had inked realistic nipples on a body. It felt great and I hope to continue helping others
What’s the coolest tattoo you’ve ever done?
I did a really interesting tattoo of “NY to Hollywood” with imagery from both cities
What’s the most tedious part of tattoo’ing?
Repetitive hand motions! It’s so difficult to stay very still while moving my hand in continuous back and forth motions
What’s the most painful place to get tattooed?
It’s relative to each person, since everyone is sensitive in different areas. For me, it was my feet!
What should girls consider before getting tatted?
I always tell clients to choose something ‘timeless’ because time will pass by, but the tattoo will remain.
Do certain inks look good on certain skintones?
Since tattoo pigments sit under the skin, lighter skintones will appear brighter and darker skintones will appear duller. I tattoo keeping each skintone in mind prior to even starting, so I know when to compromise and when to add some extra ink.