Rihanna has been inked again! She flew her favorite tattoo artist Bang Bang, based in NYC, to the Dominican Republic on Oct. 27 for the intricate hand design. See the finished product!
Rihanna‘s new hand tattoo is on top of another tattoo she got on Oct. 8 in New Zealand. The 25-year-old got a traditional Maori tattoo, which was applied with a chisel and a mallet (watch the graphic video below), but has been somewhat covered up with this new tattoo by Bang Bang. He reveals the process and Rihanna’s reaction below!
Rihanna’s Hand Tattoo — New Design By Bang Bang
Bang Bang Instagrammed a bunch of pictures, starting with a plane on Oct. 27, writing: “Landed! Can’t wait to tattoo one of my oldest clients… Anyone wanna guess who?”
On Oct. 30, he showed off the finished product and revealed the client was Rihanna! “One more — before and after on @badgalriri ….@callyjoart and I spent hours and hours drawing on different designs, we finally found one that worked! So proud we made it pretty!”
Keith ‘Bang Bang’ McCurdy has done a bunch of Rihanna’s tattoos and flew to the Dominican Republic for this marathon tattoo session, which lasted a total of 11 hours!
A source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY: “Rihanna hated her [original] tattoo and was freaking out, so she wanted to cover it up. She just woke up and decided she needed it fixed immediately so she flew in Bang Bang.”
Bang Bang Describes The Process Of The Tattoo
Bang Bang told E! News:
“We drew on her hand from 7 p.m. to midnight. We were drawing and changing things. I’d take a break and [colleague] Cally-Jo would draw, then I’d draw. The inspiration was henna art, we wanted something really decorative, feminine and sexy. She had something preexisting on her hand. So it was a little bit of a cover up, but also making it look good. We needed to work with what she already had.”
“Her hand is not something you can put away. We went over and over. It was a struggle to design. She even took a nap when we were drawing. We started over, until we found the direction she liked. [It was the] most challenging design I’ve done on Rihanna before. This one had elements to it that were very unique, covering up pieces of it, combining pieces of it, making up new pieces,” Bang Bang told E! News.
Rihanna Loves The Final Design
“Ri flipped out,” Bang Bang told E! “Absolutely loved it, loved it! It’s a hard thing when you get a tattoo and not absolutely love it. It’s uncomfortable to have something on your hand, especially when it’s in such a visible spot, and she’s such a visible person. Your hand is as closely related as your face. If you think about it, her hand is right there and the whole world is watching it.”
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— Dory Larrabee