19 Things You Never Knew About Tattooing Celebrities
Tattoo artist Kevin Paul tells us what it's like to ink celebs.
Tattooing celebrities means a lot of people are going to see your work.
Which means you can feel even more responsibility than when tattooing a regular client.
And you definitely have to face a lot more criticism of your work.
It also means more people will be asking for that same tattoo you just did.
Tattooing celebrities can mean lots of travel.
Some celebs even take tattoo artists on tour.
The X Factor hires a tattoo artist to go on tour with the contestants.
Just because someone's a celebrity, it doesn't mean they'll be any easier to work with.
Tattooing in unusual places means you have to be extra careful about hygiene.
Once you've tattooed celebrities you can generally charge a lot more for your work.
Which also means you can say no to a lot more designs you don't want to do.
Clients still come in all the time with a printout of a sleeve from Google Images saying they want exactly that.
But being a successful tattoo artist doesn't mean you can say no to everything.
There are definitely fashions when it comes to tattoos: 20 years ago it was all about tribal designs, clouds, and angels.
And you will often find yourself doing cover-up work on the kind of things that everyone was asking for 20 years ago.
Good tattoo artists will even find themselves doing cover-up work of cover-up work.
Even when you're a famous tattoo artist, you still get prejudice for having lots of tattoos.
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.
And even more incredible to see a new tattoo come to life on a fresh piece of skin.
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.
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