The guy who inked Justin Bieber certainly got an
eyeful. And E! News has the lowdown.
Keith Bang Bang McCurdy, owner of Bang Bang
Tattoos in New York’s Lower East Side, spilled to us
exclusively about the late-night tattoo session he did
for the teen heartthrob and just what exactly Bieber
was looking for design-wise that led him to choose a
black-and-white image of an eye for the inside of his
elbow on his left arm.
And it all started with an impromptu phone call.
“Justin called me around
10:30 pm last night and
asked if I could open up
the shop. We are both so
busy, and our schedules
are pretty hectic, so I
opened up the shop, and
he came in around 4:00
a.m.,” McCurdy said.
The celebrated tattoo
artist, who counts
Rihanna, Katy Perry,
Adele and Cara
Delevingne among his
celebrity clients, told E!
News the “Boyfriend”
singer came in with a few
guy friends and was
looking to add to his rapidly growing tat collection
with “an eye that would represent his mother’s.”
“So I went in and pulled up a couple of options of
high resolution photography, and Justin chose a
female eye that best represented what he was
looking for,” McCurdy revealed. “I did the tattoo in
black and white, because it complimented his other
tattoos. I wanted it to compliment him, and not be a
distraction from him.”
Bang Bang added that it’s definitely not J.B.’s last
“I’m not sure what his next tattoo will be, but we
both joked about how we are addicted to tattoos,”
said the ink purveyor. “He joked, saying he’s only
19, and he already has this many tattoos. The tattoo
took about 30 minutes, and we left when the sun
came up, which was pretty cool.”
Bang Bang later tweeted, “‘Eye’ got that
@justinbieber please believe ya!”
As for McCurdy, who earned his nickname from the
tattoo he got on his neck at 18, this isn’t his first
design for the Biebs.
Bieber swung by his parlor last year for some ink
and as part of a tradition he started with RiRi in
which celebrities tattoo him after he’s finished
working on them, Bang Bang had Justin ink him with
a picture of a “Swaggy Mouse.”
This time, alas, Bieber declined to return the favor.
O boi na jand sure pass, if I try am ehn my papa go kill me #lol, na wu dem born well for here?
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