He was born Keith McCurdy, but thanks to a double-gun tattoo on his neck, people call him “Bang Bang”, and his legacy might live on long after the celebrities he finds himself connected to are gone from the spotlight. Working out of sleek shop in Manhatten, New York (complete with an underground privacy room and an art gallery/waiting area), Bang Bang is one of, if not the most famous tattoo artists in the game. With a client list that includes Rihanna, Amar’e Stoudemire, Rita Ora, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber, the Delaware-born inker is on top of the body art world; he deserves to be for doing some of the best work in the business.
He started tattooing in his late teens with a crappy kit in his mom’s kitchen, and within a year he was tattooing all of his friends and relatives, honing his craft and getting ready to pursue his dreams as a true artist. He soon found himself working in shops in New York, bringing his truly artistic style to the masses and gaining fame for his first celebrity client Rihanna. His personal style, which he says was inspired by the Japanese and focuses more on the body interacting with the art than just the art, paved the way for more celebrity clients to sit in his chair, and now he’s the man. He’s also a major representative of the new breed of artists in the game, as he is respected as a true craftsman and not just some dude who stabs bikers with an electric needle. His art is mainstream, and that’s great for tattooed people everywhere. People like him are a big part of the reason people like us aren’t being starred at like we’re freaks anymore, because now we have “body art”; that’s pretty awesome. It’s also awesome that he has his client ink him after he works on them…a little dangerous, but pretty hardcore. His personal collection features work from Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and the EMT that saved his mother’s life. Bang Bang is the new deal folks, and the deal is a good. Here’s some of his work, and some of “his work”…feel free to be confused by that sentence.