By Keith McCurdy
Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, LeBron James, Rita Ora, Vanessa Hudgens, Demi Lovato, Cara Delevingne, and plenty of extra of the most popular celebrities on the earth were visible at the crimson carpet, on live performance phases, and in journal spreads donning wonderful ink created by way of Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy. Named for the twin weapons tattooed on his neck, Bang Bang all started his occupation as a self-taught artist operating from his mom's kitchen in Delaware, yet over the last decade his visible type has transcended the tattoo global, proving that ink isn't only a assertion, it's haute couture. Going underneath the ink, Bang Bang stocks the tales in the back of his paintings for significant celebrities, famous person athletes, and daily humans. choked with 1000s of extraordinary images that carry his daring, brilliant designs into aspect, Bang Bang: My lifestyles in Ink tracks Bang Bang's trip to the head, exhibiting that the easiest ink is usually even more than epidermis deep.
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She lived in south Ealing but wrote dozens of letters to the BBC – to avoid suspicion, she first mailed these letters to her friends around the country who posted them in from distant addresses to avoid detection. Before long, between his mum and the large amount of genuine fan mail and requests he received, James Royal was the most requested person on the radio anywhere in the world. Where did I fit into all this and how did my path cross with that of Mervyn Conn? Well, my path to James Royal’s door came via the Red Lion pub in Brentford, a great, old-school rock ’n’ roll pub where musicians from all over the place used to congregate and jam together on a Thursday and Friday night.
I was keen to play whatever the circumstances, so I left it at that. There was a bit of a strange atmosphere in there, that night. When our slot came I duly walked down the back of the hall and sat at this lonely upright piano, with 150 people between me and the stage. The band started playing and I couldn’t hear a bloody thing, Ken’s timing was all over the place, no one could hear me and it was a disaster. Then the most amazing fight broke out. In the crowd between me and the band. I carried on for a few bars, trying to peer over the fists and broken bottles of this fairly violent skirmish, but soon realised it was actually quite a dangerous situation and, besides, no one seemed to be listening.
The guy started to grumble something but then Igor took him into a little booth and whispered something in his ear. The customs man came back and waved me and my contraband suitcase straight through, unchecked. Next up was the currency desk where they examined your money. Including, in my case, $2,000 from a brown-paper envelope shoved down my pants. I looked up – and I mean up – at a woman who made Giant Haystacks look feminine. She said, ‘You came in with $100 and £130 sterling and you changed £30 into roubles and so you need to leave with £100 sterling and $100.