Everything You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo


Jonboy and Bang Bang here with the deets

People-watching on the New York City subway became a pastime of mine ever since I moved a 45-minute train ride away from my office. Studying the tattoos people chose to permanently etch onto their bodies interested me, especially the ones that were done poorly. I felt as though I started to notice the bad ones more than the good, so I wondered if there was anything these people could have done to prevent an awful blob of bleeding ink from being forever stuck on their body. To ensure that no one else ends up with any unfortunate work that causes nosy people like me to stare, I talked to Bang Bang and Jonboy, two of New York City’s greatest tattoo artists (and best pals), and got the ultimate guide to a great tattoo.

Bang Bang from his namesake studio and Jonboy from West 4 have been trusted to ink many canvases “you don’t want to fuck up on,” as Bang Bang says. Jonboy has taken his needle to Kendall Jenner’s lip and Justin Bieber’s face, while Bang Bang put his mark onto Cara Delevingne’s foot and Rihanna’s finger. It’s definitely safe to say these two know what they’re talking about. 

According to both, the first and most important step is to find an artist with whom you vibe well. Not only do you want to trust the artist, but their art should match the aesthetic you’re going for. "It's so easy to do your homework to find out which artists you want to work with. You get to know us without even stepping into the door thanks to social media," says Jonboy.

Almost every tattoo artist now has a regularly updated Instagram account to make finding the perfect person to work with super easy. It used to be, Jonboy explains, that a client would have to walk into a shop to check out an artist’s portfolio, which could be intimidating for some. Now, you can just search through Instagram to find someone you like.

The artist you choose wants to do his or her best to give you the tattoo of your dreams because that art stays with you for the rest of your life. They care as much about how it looks as you do, so it’s best to come in with a concrete idea of what you want. It makes their life a little easier with some inspiration, that way they don’t have to play a guessing game; they’re not mind-readers.

These artists are insanely creative, though, so after you express your vision, take a step back and let the artist do their job. "Tattoo artists, especially great ones, want to design the tattoos that they make, so the greatest piece of advice I could give is not to over art direct a tattoo artist whom you've chosen, especially if they're great, and they should be at what you've chosen them for. Let them give you great advice and listen,” advises Bang Bang. “We don't have any interest other than giving you a great tattoo."


It’s important to love the design because "you have one shot. Once it's on your body, that's it," warns Jonboy. Cover-ups are doable because the creativity is endless with tattoo artists, but the possibilities can be limited depending on what was originally there. Talk to your artist if that’s something you’re thinking about, and they’ll try to work with you to find the best plan.

Bang Bang, who’s been getting tattooed for 13 years now, suggests laser removal as an absolute backup. In fact, he did it. He wanted to fade his tattoos enough to properly cover them up because he just wasn’t in love with the designs anymore. Laser removal can be a painful and expensive process, as Bang Bang can attest, so it’s best to be sure that’s what you want.

Before you worry about removal, though, worry about getting good quality work. It’s okay if you aren’t able to go to the most expensive artist—Bang Bang and Jonboy charge a couple hundred each—but make sure it’s an artist you think can give you exactly what you want—tattoo regret is real.

"I would go to the guy that was the cheapest because I didn't have that kind of money growing up, and I've got tattoos on me that could have been done better, but I went to the guy I could save an extra 50 bucks with, so it's important to invest. You get what you pay for,” says Jonboy.

Tattoos aren’t cheap, but there will be nothing that will stay on your body longer. Although every tattooist differs, the standard for pricing includes time of drawing, placement, and difficulty. Bringing in a pre-drawn item could cut the price because it knocks out drawing time, but you lose the experience of having a custom-made design by the artist.

A big part of tattooing is the experience, hence why it’s important to trust and like your artist. Being confident in their abilities can make or break an appointment; it’ll also help you move past the pain knowing you’re going to leave with some awesome artwork at the end. "There's something about going through pain and coming out with this beautiful piece of art and being a new person. To me, it's worth it," Jonboy says.

According to both veteran tattooers, the pain really is not that bad. “Try to relax and actually see what it feels like, and then react. It’s a bit uncomfortable, but it's discomfort, not pain,” says Bang Bang. “I mean I don’t think anyone has ever died from it.” 

A tattoo lays in the subdermal layer of skin, so it’s not deep enough for extreme pain; though that can also be relative to the person and placement. Jonboy and Bang Bang describe the feeling most like a little pinch. If the ink starts to bleed, causing a blue-tinted undertone, the artist went too deep below the “sweet spot,” which can be a problem for the integrity of the work. If too shallow, the ink will fall out. You don't need to worry about either of these things if you picked the right artist, though—he or she'll know what they're doing.

Now those more unique placements for tattoos, like fingers and lips, have become popular, many myths circle around them, but few are actually based in fact. While it's true that high-motion areas are more high maintenance, and that there is a risk of the tattoo fading—especially with fine line tattoos—Bang Bang says that if the tattoo was done well, it shouldn’t disappear. Rather, the ink will spread over time, as happens with all tattoos, but if you let it properly heal, you shouldn’t have any additional worries.


Another fact that will ease your mind: Tattoos rarely get infected. It’s just like a cut, as Bang Bang explains, on the surface of your skin, so if you keep it clean with soap and water, there shouldn’t be a problem. If the area bleeds weeks after it’s done, pusses green, and stays red, though, you should see a doctor because it could be infected—but that rarely happens.

The end goal of a tattoo might be to have a new piece of artwork on your body, but the experience is just as important, so don’t skip any steps in the tattooing process. You don’t want to end up with something you don't like.

Now that you have all the info you need, click through the slideshow below to find some of the best tattoo shops across the country.

Courtesy of Bang Bang NYC

Bang Bang Tattoo 328 Broome St., New York, NY 10002 (212) 219-2799

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.


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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

Photo via @mileycyrus on Twitter

Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.

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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.