Buzz·Posted on 7 Feb 201719 Things You Never Knew About Tattooing CelebritiesTattoo artist Kevin Paul tells us what it's like to ink celebs.by Flo PerryBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Tattooing celebrities means a lot of people are going to see your work. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @teddysphotos 2. Which means you can feel even more responsibility than when tattooing a regular client. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com When you're working with a regular client, if they like it then that's all that matters. But when you're working with a celebrity, a new tattoo can mean international headlines. 3. And you definitely have to face a lot more criticism of your work. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Everyone has an opinion when a celebrity gets a new tattoo, and they won't keep it to themselves. 4. It also means more people will be asking for that same tattoo you just did. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com If someone sees a tattoo on a celebrity, often they'll use it as inspiration, which is an added layer of responsibility when it comes to inking famous people. 5. Tattooing celebrities can mean lots of travel. Kevin Paul Celebrities might not want to sit in your shop for hours, so often you'll take your studio to them. 6. Some celebs even take tattoo artists on tour. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Kevin has been on tour with Rihanna and Ellie Goulding, tattooing and hanging out on the way. 7. The X Factor hires a tattoo artist to go on tour with the contestants. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com All contestants are introduced to Kevin backstage and are offered the opportunity to be tattooed by him. He said most of them want designs of mics and music notes, but he tried to convince them to get something more original. 8. Just because someone's a celebrity, it doesn't mean they'll be any easier to work with. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Kevin did a lot of cover-up and fixing-up work for James Arthur. 9. Tattooing in unusual places means you have to be extra careful about hygiene. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Kevin said he always makes sure to keep studio hygiene standards wherever he goes. 10. Once you've tattooed celebrities you can generally charge a lot more for your work. Kevin Paul Having your work on TV means people will pay more for your art to be on their body. 11. Which also means you can say no to a lot more designs you don't want to do. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Being in demand means you can avoid doing cliché tattoos or ones you suspect people will regret. 12. Clients still come in all the time with a printout of a sleeve from Google Images saying they want exactly that. Kevin Paul But when you really ask them about the design, it turns out they'd rather have something a lot more personal. 13. But being a successful tattoo artist doesn't mean you can say no to everything. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com You still have to put the tattoo where the client wants it, even if it's on one of the more tricky areas to tattoo, like the neck or the stomach. 14. There are definitely fashions when it comes to tattoos: 20 years ago it was all about tribal designs, clouds, and angels. Kevin Paul Nowadays everyone wants a pocket watch, apparently. 15. And you will often find yourself doing cover-up work on the kind of things that everyone was asking for 20 years ago. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Everyone is getting their tribal designs turned into pocket watches. 16. Good tattoo artists will even find themselves doing cover-up work of cover-up work. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Kevin has heavily criticised tattoo cover-up TV show Tattoo Fixers for shoddy work, and has even covered up many of their attempted cover-ups. 17. Even when you're a famous tattoo artist, you still get prejudice for having lots of tattoos. Jonny Human After a day of filming with Made in Chelsea, Kevin was asked if he was homeless while waiting for a train. 18. The best parts of the job don't change, though: It's still amazing to see a bad tattoo fade away when you're doing a cover up. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 19. And even more incredible to see a new tattoo come to life on a fresh piece of skin. Kevin Paul BuzzFeed spoke to Kevin Paul, tattoo artist behind some of the ink on Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, and many more, to see what it was really like to permanently mark some seriously famous skin.