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Rihanna’s Tattoo Artist Recalls Fixing Messy Ink & Advising Against Impulse Ink


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Rihanna has over 20 tattoos, and has relied heavily on celebrity tattoo artist Keith ‘Bang Bang’ McCurdy for her ink.  The singer even sought Keith’s help to fix a sloppy tat design from another artist.

“The tattoo that needed the most work for me was Rihanna’s hand,” Keith recalled to New York Post‘s Page Six. “We did a bit of a cover-up on a Maori-style tribal tattoo that was on her hand —  now it looks more like a henna tattoo.” He adds, “It wasn’t done … in a way that was really flattering to her and it needed to be beautiful.”

After working with him for nearly a decade, Keith says Rihanna  also avoided getting an impulse tat by taking his advice. “We almost did a broken guitar on Rihanna’s forearm once with a pair of underwear hanging from it,” he said. “I let her leave with the stencil and I said, ‘Why don’t you wear that stencil for a few days and call me if you still like it?’ Thankfully we didn’t end up doing that one.”

An appreciative Rihanna trusts Keith so much, she wrote a foreword in his new book BANG BANG: My Life In Ink: “When you’re well-known, it can be hard knowing who to trust, but I trusted Bang Bang from the first time he tattooed me.”

Keith’s celebrity clientele includes Justin Bieber, Kylie Jenner, and Katy Perry, among others.

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