Bang Bang / Dey St.
Bang Bang / Dey St.

Tattoo Artist Bang Bang Collects Ink From Celebrity Clients

Bang Bang / Dey St.
Bang Bang / Dey St.

If you're an active member of social media, then you've probably seen Bang Bang's work, even if you don't know who he is. The New York-based artist has made a name for himself as your favorite celebrity's favorite tattooer, with a client list that includes big names like LeBron James, Justin Bieber, Adele, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Chris Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Ruby Rose, Lenny Kravitz, and Rihanna. 

In his newly released book, Bang Bang: My Life in Ink, the self-taught artist of many styles (whose real name is Keith McCurdy) tells the story of how he went from being a kid in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, to owning his own tattoo parlor on New York's Lower East Side, tattooing Bieber on a private jet to Canada, and flying around the world just to meet Rihanna for a new piece. The book is filled with large, detailed images of a lot of the tattoos that Bang Bang has done over the years, and it also showcases the work of the other talented artists who call the Bang Bang shop home. 

One really cool chapter focuses on what Bang Bang calls his "Calf of Fame." "Some people want photos with their favorite celebsI want them to tattoo me," he writes, going into detail about a few of the pieces that performers, models, and athletes have added to his collection. The photos below are directly from Bang Bang: My Life in Ink and show Adele, Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Rihanna all reversing roles to tattoo Bang Bang. Head to the artist's website to grab a copy today.

"Adele tattooing the number "21" in green," Bang Bang / Dey St.


"Katy Perry inks peppermint face and "KP" logo," Bang Bang / Dey St.

"Miley Cyrus tattooing a crescent moon on Bang Bang's thumb instead of his calf," Bang Bang / Dey. St

"Rihanna pointing at umbrella tattoo," Bang Bang / Dey St.

"Cara Delevingne tattoos a heart with an arrow through it and 'CJD'," Bang Bang / Dey St.
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Stolpersteine: One Artist's International Memorial to the Holocaust
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John MacDougall, Getty Images

The most startling memorial to victims of the Holocaust may also be the easiest to miss. Embedded in the sidewalks of more than 20 countries, more than 60,000 Stolpersteine—German for “stumbling stones”—mark the spots where victims last resided before they were forced to leave their homes. The modest, nearly 4-by-4-inch brass blocks, each the size of a single cobblestone, are planted outside the doorways of row houses, bakeries, and coffee houses. Each tells a simple yet chilling story: A person lived here. This is what happened to them.

Here lived Hugo Lippers
Born 1878
Arrested 11/9/1938 — Altstrelitzer prison
Deported 1942 Auschwitz

The project is the brainchild of the German artist Gunter Demnig, who first had the idea in the early 1990s as he studied the Nazis' deportation of Sinti and Roma people. His first installations were guerrilla artwork: According to Reuters, Demnig laid his first 41 blocks in Berlin without official approval. The city, however, soon endorsed the idea and granted him permission to install more. Today, Berlin has more than 5000.

Demnig lays a Stolpersteine.
Artist Gunter Demnig lays a Stolpersteine outside a residence in Hamburg, Germany in 2012.
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The Stolpersteine are unique in their individuality. Too often, the millions of Holocaust victims are spoken of as a nameless mass. And while the powerful memorials and museums in places such as Berlin and Washington, D.C. are an antidote to that, the Stolpersteine are special—they are decentralized, integrated into everyday life. You can walk down a sidewalk, look down, and suddenly find yourself standing where a person's life changed. History becomes unavoidably present.

That's because, unlike gravestones, the stumbling stones mark an important date between a person’s birth and death: the day that person was forced to abandon his or her home. As a result, not every stumbling stone is dedicated to a person who was murdered. Some plaques commemorate people who fled Europe and survived. Others honor people who were deported but managed to escape. The plaques aim to memorialize the moment a person’s life was irrevocably changed—no matter how it ended.

The ordinariness of the surrounding landscape—a buzzing cafe, a quaint bookstore, a tree-lined street—only heightens that effect. As David Crew writes for Not Even Past, “[Demnig] thought the stones would encourage ordinary citizens to realize that Nazi persecution and terror had begun on their very doorsteps."

A man in a shop holding a hammer making a Stolpersteine.
Artisan Michael Friedrichs-Friedlaender hammers inscriptions into the brass plaques at the Stolpersteine manufacturing studio in Berlin.
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While Demnig installs every single Stolpersteine himself, he does not work alone. His project, which stretches from Germany to Brazil, relies on the research of hundreds of outside volunteers. Their efforts have not only helped Demnig create a striking memorial, but have also helped historians better document the lives of individuals who will never be forgotten.

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60 Years Later, a Lost Stanley Kubrick Script Has Been Found
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A “lost” screenplay co-written by famed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has been found after 60 years, Vulture reports.

The screenplay is an adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella Burning Secret, which Vulture describes as a reverse Lolita (plot summary for those who forgot high school English class: a man enters a relationship with a woman because of his obsession with her 12-year-old daughter). In Burning Secret, a man befriends an adolescent boy in order to seduce his mother. Zweig’s other works have inspired films like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (which the director claims he "stole" from Zweig's novels Beware of Pity and The Post-Office Girl).

Kubrick’s screenplay adaptation is co-written by novelist Calder Willingham and dated October 24, 1956. Although the screenplay bears a stamp from MGM’s screenwriting department, Nathan Abrams—the Bangor University professor who discovered the script—thinks it’s likely the studio found it too risqué for mass audiences.

“The child acts as an unwitting go-between for his mother and her would-be lover, making for a disturbing story with sexuality and child abuse churning beneath its surface,” Abrams told The Guardian. It's worth noting, however, that Kubrick directed an adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita in 1962, which MGM distributed, and it was also met with a fair share of controversy.

Abrams said the screenplay for Burning Secret is complete enough that it could be created by filmmakers today. He noted that the discovery is particularly exciting because it confirms speculations Kubrick scholars have had for decades.

“Kubrick aficionados knew he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed,” Abrams told The Guardian.

The Guardian reports that Abrams found the screenplay while researching his book Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film. The screenplay is owned by the family of one of Kubrick’s colleagues.

[h/t Vulture]


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