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.

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