Rihanna’s Tattoo Artist Opening Bang Bang NYC at 26 Clinton

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 at 6:42 am by

Being the trendy restaurant row that it is, upper Clinton Street is an unlikely destination of sorts for tattoo parlors.  There is already one amidst the sea of gentrification, and in due course, a second will join the fold.

Tattoo artist extraordinaire Bang Bang brands numerous A-list celebrities, including Katy Perry, Russell Brand, and Vanessa Hudgens. But he was most recently in the news for the “tiny cross” he inked on Rihanna’s collarbone last Thursday. She always calls on his services for bodywork, according to Us Weekly. The more relevant story here, however, is the nonchalant name-dropping of a new tattoo parlor currently in the works for this nook of the Lower East Side.

Photo Credit: Us Weekly

Bang Bang is poised to launch the self-proclaimed “largest tattoo shop in NYC” at 26 Clinton Street later this spring, and is already accepting appointments.  Dubbed Bang Bang NYC, the new ink spot is occupying the storefront last inhabited by the Collette Blanchard Gallery, and adjacent to 20 Clinton Ink.

Having already filmed a music video and album cover in the neighborhood, Rihanna’s apparent love affair with the Lower East Side continues.

Recent Stories

Dylan Rieder, Skater and Owner of ‘The Hunt,’ Memorialized with Skateboard Tribute on Canal Street

Dylan Rieder, a professional skateboarder and model out of California, died two weeks ago after a two-year battle with Leukemia. He was 28. Rieder also co-owned the eclectic oddities shop at 27 Canal Street called The Hunt with fellow skateboarders Jake Lamagno and Steven Ditchkus. Which explains the brief closure and makeshift memorial that now sits outside the gate. […]

SantaCon 2015
SantaCon will Puke up the Neighborhood on December 10

SantaCon is coming to town on December 10. Brace yourselves, Williamsburg, they’re after you. Again. Yet that doesn’t mean the Lower East Side will be spared the drunken misery. So, be sure to avoid spillover at the usual hotspots. Since the annual shitshow is basically a one-costume version of Halloween, it’s fitting that the announcement […]

At 24 Stories, You Can Now See Extell’s LES Tower from Delancey Street

At approximately 24 stories, Extell’s luxury behemoth, One Manhattan Square, is the tallest in the immediate vicinity. Trumping Rutgers Houses, Two Bridges Tower, and the Manhattan Bridge roadbed. The superstructure is now also visible from the intersection of Delancey and Essex Streets. An almost uninterrupted sight. It only gets worse from here, too. That tumor […]

Cursed ‘Lowlife’ Space On Stanton Street Hits the Market Again

The curse of 178 Stanton Street certainly is alive and well. In the four years prior, three different bar-restaurants tried to make a go of it, all failing in short order. The latest, Lowlife, shuttered back in June after a six month run; it was preceded by the Moldy Fig (d. February 2012) and Stanton Kitchen […]

With ‘Chinese Tuxedo’ Opening Next Month on Doyers Street, a Peek Inside and a Look at the 1905 Original

Suit up for more nightlife on Doyers. The photo above seems the likely inspiration behind the forthcoming nightclub of same on Doyers Street. Chinese Tuxedo was as advertised, a tuxedo shop across the street from the imposter. Note the Third Avenue El off to the side, casting shadows onto the corner of Doyers and the […]