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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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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

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