Bang Bang: My Life in Ink

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HarperCollins, Nov 17, 2015 - Art - 240 pages
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The celebrity tattoo artist takes fans on a tour through his life and art, combining captivating vignettes and stories with more than one hundred color photos.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, and many more of the hottest celebrities in the world have been seen on the red carpet, on concert stages, and in magazine spreads wearing stunning ink created by Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, the most in-demand tattoo artist in the entertainment world. Bang Bang’s work has taken him across the country and around the globe, to any and every locale a celebrity client may request. From Rihanna’s controversial gun tattoos, to inking Justin Bieber at 40,000 feet—a record—each of Bang Bang’s tattoos comes with its own epic story. Now, this creative genius invites readers along on his adventures, sharing amazing tales from his life and career.

Named for the duel guns tattooed on his neck, Bang Bang began his career in his mom’s tiny Delaware kitchen. Self-taught, he practiced with a kit from an art store before eventually moving to New York. Over the past decade, Bang Bang’s talent and vision propelled his rise into the spotlight, and today, his fresh, accessible aesthetic draws men and women, tattoo vets and novices alike eager to experience his ultra-fluid and realistic designs created with the finest needles and inks. Bang Bang’s visual style transcends the clichés of the tattoo world; he creates a truly different form of art.

Filled with engaging personal stories and striking photographs that bring his bold, vibrant designs into detail, Bang Bang is a must-have for Bang Bang fans and tattoo lovers everywhere.

 

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User Review  - fredamans - LibraryThing

Amazing! What a life, and he is still pretty young yet. This guy tattoos everyone you can think of. My fave was Lenny Kravitz. He also tattoos non-famous people too though. Still, to be so young ... Read full review

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Bought this for a coffee table book and its actually a really good read Read full review

Contents

DEDICATION FOREWORD BY RIHANNA
INTRODUCTION
JUST A KID FROM DELAWARE
BANG BANG 2 LEAVING HOME
BECOMING BANG BANG
KING OF THE SEWER
GAME CHANGER
THE CLIENT CHAIN
BANG BANG STYLE
SLEEVES
BUSINESS BLOWS
LIVING THE HIGH LIFE
JUSTIN BIEBER
KATY PERRY
INKING MICKEYS GIRLS
BALLERS

STRIVING FOR GREATNESS
MYSPACE FACEBOOK INSTAGRAMBANG
TATTOOING 101
THE INTERSECTION OF FASHION AND TATTOOING
MY REGULAR REGULARS
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Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, LeBron James, Rita Ora, Vanessa Hudgens, Demi Lovato, Cara Delevingne, and many more of the hottest celebrities in the world have been seen on the red carpet, on concert stages, and in magazine spreads wearing stunning ink created by Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy. Named for the dual guns tattooed on his neck, Bang Bang began his career as a self-taught artist working from his mom’s kitchen in Delaware, but over the past decade his visual style has transcended the tattoo world, proving that ink isn’t just a statement, it’s high fashion. Going beneath the ink, Bang Bang shares the stories behind his work for major celebrities, star athletes, and everyday people. Filled with hundreds of striking photographs that bring his bold, vibrant designs into detail, Bang Bang: My Life in Ink tracks Bang Bang’s journey to the top, showing that the best ink is always much more than skin deep.

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