Tattoo Artist Bang Bang Answers More Tattoo Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED

Tattoo Artist Bang Bang Answers More Tattoo Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED



I'm bangbang and I'm gonna answer some questions about tattoos on Twitter pretty sure this is a dumb question but say if you have a tattoo on your arm and you somehow cut that arm what happens to the tattoo do you just end up with new skin in the middle of it yeah you get a scar this is what that looks like tell me again how these scars happened I had piece of wire and an impact on and the wire slipped out whipped around and got me from my armpit mattress those tattoos a few years old and some of what I'm gonna do today is fix some of what that metal wire did to him all these scars throughout his tattoo for each different grouping is something different I'm gonna do so if I need to really I find you to tattoo in a really fine area I'll use a grouping of needles and fewer needles depending on how large I want that line to be now I'm just trying to hide some of that scarring I'm gonna keep some of it because it matches the pattern of her dress but I kind of like to work like a copy machine so I like to finish it block by block and just move along since my hands are rested on the person we got to kind of finish it and then we can put our hands on that finished area and work above that's kind of the way I learned you'll always have a scar like no matter what but we'll get the tone to match if it's a deep cut you'll get a line right through your tattoo if you get stitches and they don't sew it together evenly it can be crooked if you get a bad one I would recommend asking a plastic surgeon to to close it because I've seen them misaligned tattoos and then there's really no fix in it even a cat scratch can remove pigment from your skin and leave you with a little mark of fresh skin I have seen some some very bad ones people working in kitchens it cover the knife the worst that it can be is if it's if it heals back misaligned yeah that's a tough one how hard is it to get a tattoo removed asking for a friend if you're getting a tattoo removed there's two ways to do it sandpaper and laser I recommend laser people do that seen it on Instagram people removing tattoos with sandpaper God Russians see laser removal it works both of my hands actually wear tattoos previously that I had lasered and covered up so yeah you can totally get laser done and it works it works pretty well from a beam a what's the best way to make a word tattoo interesting that's the question I don't want just words if you're trying to make a text tattoo really interesting try to make it unique unless you want a common horizontal text on ribs tattoo and then you know go for it my favorite phrase I think I've ever tattooed on someone was pocket queen of blending howdy folks get simple words and basic grammar all wrong tattooed on their body does this mean the tattoo artist fails too I'm not sure her grammar in that tweets perfect there's a reason we're tattooers and not english teachers like yeah we're not the best spellers we do a lot of spellcheck we do a lot of grammar checking and people still do get it wrong oftentimes it's from a song lyric you know we know we know it's wrong but it's the lyric so it works and works for that person we talk about it sometimes remember I Tunes something on it on someone once where we purposefully changed grammar losing apostrophe so it feels more linear we definitely talk about it and we do our best but yeah I've seen some pretty bad ones from Lea does anyone know how much a person should tip a tattoo artist tips are not expected by tattoo artists so it's really on you it's really cool someone gives you a thoughtful tip speaking for myself I'd like deeply appreciate the people who get tattooed by me when they get me something specific to me that's more than just like money and a handshake that's really special I think that's cool sorry I didn't answer your question I don't know 20% Oh from Haley how do you draw a tattoo based on a song help whenever we design tattoos we start with subject matter so what's the song about then it's like okay what's gonna be the best visual interpretation of that subject and then what is going to work best on you and your body find your subject matter find your great tattoo artist to help you design it I feel like I have tattooed let it be like a hundred times an amazing song and uh like a perfect tattoo I might need to let it be tattoo from robben tattoo artists are incredible like how do you draw on a squishy and perfect surface without an eraser and consistently create good pieces it's tough to draw around a person's body we only get so many passes on someone's skin before we scar them you have to be very precise and direct and what you do sometimes you have to like give up you can take the skin as far as you know you can take it and if you didn't get it exactly where you want to be you have to stop to answer your question the way we make these tattoos great and on a consistent basis is preparation preparedness it kind of lines you up for success a great tattoo artist is very prepared for what he's gonna do or what she's gonna do they know what the tattoo is gonna be before they even begin I use a traditional tattoo machine the electromagnets turn on and off and a spring that carries it back and forth and the capacitor regulates the energy and that electricity moves through the power unit and I control it from my foot switch sound like some machine they are essentially the guts of a doorbell that's why I said this is a traditional tattoo machine there are several different kinds and you'll see some of the artists here working with tattoo machines that look much more like a pen now the reason I really love working with these kind of tattoo machines is they're all handmade you have to be a tattoo artist or recommended by tattoo artist as an apprentice to be able to buy one of these from one of the guys who makes them now there's knockoffs and you know you could buy a tattoo machine on Amazon or like Walmart but you will not get the same result they have to be handmade by an expert tattoo artist a lot of tattoo artists will not sell tattoo machines online they will only sell them in person to a person they know they really don't want to get their tattoo machines in the hands of someone who can harm somebody you have five is in here until I start tattooing that's the difference between rotaries and machine I love this sound from Adrienne so like what's up with LeBrons tattoos does he have any cool stories i tattooed LeBron once and I have a cool story I got a phone call one night at 8:00 p.m. that LeBron wanted to get tattooed the next day he was in Cleveland and I was in New York so I fly there and I get to LeBrons house I say hi I go downstairs walk past his bowling alley into his barber shop and I forget ink caps which are pretty important they hold our ink when we tattoo and the size of those caps matters when I'm diluting inks I needed ink caps so I started calling tattoo shops and in the area and say hey I'm in town to tattoo an athlete and I totally forgot my end caps my name is bang bang I'm a tattoo artist I'm not some junkie making kitchen tattoos I'm really in a bind can you help me out people like hang up the phone amazing jeez I was like I guess I got a name drop hey tattoo and LeBron really need ink caps can we be friends please that nobody would listen so I found a head shop that sold pipes and tattoo equipment in Cleveland we drove I picked up in caps go back we made a really cool portrait of his daughter on his back put him through a bunch of pain his mom said you're the greatest at what you do like my son is the greatest at what he does and coming from the bronze mom I was one of the best compliments I ever got keeping up with Kelly in case you wanted to know how a tattoo can change over time this is the 10 year difference I didn't realize how bad it looks until now I saw what it looked like when I first got it done how do you even fix this when a tattoo is first made that tattoo is as sharp as it'll ever be at that moment over time your white blood cells come and break this pigment down and carry it away in this case where you have a dense kanji and the area in between each one of these symbols of your skin this area is quite small as the black settles into your body and spreads those spaces of skin start to become less visible for your tattoo to fix it there's a couple of things you can do you can cover it with a much larger tattoo and you can pull your eye away from this area or you can get it touched-up it looks to me since it's so closed up and there is not as much skin in between as there used to be that you would need to put white around it so that your eye can make a clear separation between the black ink and then that gray blurred edge and then a little bit of skin in between and then again it picks up that gray blurry edge and then black inks let me show you how that's done since this tattoo is quite old this is about seven years ago we did this I just want to add a little bit of contrast to any areas that I think I've aged and changed a bit so I want to make sure his tattoo stays as sharp as the day we did it and I can do that with just a couple of darker edges and a couple spots that will help the I separate and put contrast to some things that have aged I'm gonna work around here around her hand a little bit I'm just gonna create a little bit of edge between where her hand is and this cloth that she's holding whenever there's not a defined edge next to something I'm gonna try to make the edge a little more defined this test who's aged really well whenever I tattoo I'm trying to think of how the tattoo will age and so the contrast points are really strong so there's really deep darks and really light lights right next to it it makes a really easy step for the eye to see I'm trying to create the thinnest little edge just to separate to areas that are in highlight so I wanted to separate enough for the eye to see it but I don't want to put a big thick black line in so although I could do that with this that variable of depth right now I'm trying to control the depth of it as I'm moving my hand will give me just a much lighter effect imagine it hurts a lot less – right yeah if you've ever seen it senses it's very old it's very blurry working really large or with high contrast over big areas helps to avoid the image changing as the tattoos gonna settle when you're 80 it's gonna look like this is why when I tattoo I'm making decisions based on what it's going to look like in several years from John fellow tattooed peeps how did you find your tattoo artist there's no decent website and Instagram search is useless Instagram is pretty helpful I think there's some cool like tattoo fan pages just an assortment of different artists works from around the world so you can kind of find a style you like find that artist and track them down information travels really fast nowadays so you have access to the entire planet like in your pocket on your cell phone do some good research and you'll find someone really great probably not too far from you there is a lot of amazing artists in the world from Ameren arkad twitter who designed bang Bang's tattoos store on Grand Street in New York I need to know Jesse McGowan is a designer I've worked with since I opened my first store a me and Jesse kind of collaborate I know what we need for tattooing Jesse really knows what we need for the eye the core value of the design of the stores balance it's black and it's white on purpose and there's no art hanging in our stores because we're making it it's built specifically for artists experience and clients experience when I design the store with Jesse we thought about where people are gonna sit where that wire is gonna come from where it's gonna run to where's the power source for it and we hit a lot of things we've eliminated certain wires on like floor lamps for example now they're battery-powered so we just lose one of those obstacles tattooing is very stressful and being tattooed is really stressful we wanted to make an environment that's incredibly welcoming and break that barrier down so there's amenities for artists there's places to relax there's big dinner table and there's TV downstairs there's fish it's my job as the owner of the store to make people feel comfortable whether they're making tattoos or receiving them for tattoo artists we pour so much of ourselves into our work and then it walks out the door and we don't see it anymore it's a little like sad it's kind of a bummer that was tattoo support I'm bangbang thanks for watching

34 thoughts on “Tattoo Artist Bang Bang Answers More Tattoo Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED

  1. I dont understand all these people saying you need to tip. if you're going to a good artist they will charge what they expect because they are professionals not waiters.

  2. I have a scar and it would be really cool to get a tattoo that helps explain why but the reason I have it (which is a disease which causes polyps in my small intestine and other areas) also causes me to have an greatly increased risk of cancer if I get a tattoo

  3. the fact that i didn't realize it was still bang bang when they would switch to clips of him working on the tattoo is concerning.. like i seriously thought it was a completely different person until at the end when they showed the clip of him in the shop saying "i'm bang bang" lmaooo

  4. My uncle was in Vietnam and has an eagle tattoo whose left wing doesn't connect properly because of a war injury. The scar cuts through the tattoo and, when sewing him back up, they shifted the skin a bit. Not that it's good he got hurt like that, but it still looks cool

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