Wherever you see a tattoo you see a loser, my dad said to me over the dinner table in 2002. I was 17 at the time and the subject had just come up. Little did my father know, coincidentally, I was perched gingerly on one bum cheek because the other had been freshly tattooed with a small heart the size of a two pence piece; I was the human embodiment of a My Little Pony.
Fast forward over a decade and while I agree with my Dad on many things, his generalising of tattoo wearers is not one of them; Im sitting in the waiting area of the surprisingly sleek Bang Bang, a tattoo studio named after its owner Keith Bang Bang McCurdy. Bang Bang is the go-to tattooist for young A-listers including Rihanna, Cara, Rita, Justin and Selena.
Bang Bang is very much in demand, so I booked in for some stars and a heart on my wrists with El-e Mags, the man who gave Cara her lion tattoo. Funnily enough the next night Rita and Cara popped in Cara had her mothers name Pandora inked on her inner arm, while Rita had a pin-up girl on her torso. While Bang Bang is very much the man, or should that be tattooist, of the moment, he took some time out to talk tattoos, charity auctions and celebrity clients with ELLE