The Story Behind Cara Delevingne's Insane Body Art

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It took celebrity tattoo artist Keith "Bang Bang" McCurdy 11 hours to paint the Chinese-inspired look for the Met Gala.

There was no shortage of unconventional looks on the Met Gala stairs in New York on Monday night, but perhaps none more painstakingly achieved than Brit beauty Cara Delevingne’s gorgeous hand-painted body art.

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Celebrity tattoo artist Keith "Bang Bang” McCurdy (who counts the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber among his regulars) created the extraordinary (and temporary) custom look for Delevingne, painting Asian blossoms and birds across her arms and chest in homage to the evening’s theme of "China: Through the Looking Glass." After applying a stencil to the model’s body, Bang Bang waited until it was 95 percent dry and then freehanded the details. The artist began his masterpiece at 8 a.m. and didn’t finish until 7 p.m. that night, just before Delevingne stepped out onto the red carpet.

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This is not the first time Bang Bang’s work has adorned Delevingne’s body: He has inked the model on many occasions, and is the hand behind her signature tattoos, including her index finger lion head, and the word "Bacon" scrawled across the bottom of her foot.

Color us impressed, Cara!