Meet Ganga, the Tattoo Artist Behind Lil Uzi Vert’s New Full Body Tattoo
Lil Uzi Vert recently appeared at the Summer Smash and Something In The Water music festivals with a bold new look. No, we’re not talking about his Kodak Black-esque haircut or those head-to-toe Balenciaga cuts he recently posted on Instagram. We’re talking about these amazingly detailed tattoos of a Japanese oni mask and samurai helmet that cover his entire chest and back. Uzi’s latest ink was no ordinary tattoo job. It was done by a highly specialized tattoo artist named Joaquin Ganga, who tells Complex that Uzi’s last tattoo cost well over six figures and was a daunting task.
“The whole job took 16 hours, which we split into two 8-hour sessions,” Ganga told Complex via email. “It is certainly a long and painful process. The client must be very focused and aware of the development that a tattoo of this size entails.
Ganga, who runs her own tattoo studio in Los Angeles, is currently one of the most in-demand tattoo artists. Since making his body art debut as a teenager in Spain, the 30-year-old tattoo artist has tattooed everyone from james lebron at Lil Durk-the last vaunted on how he spent $200,000 on Ganga tattoo her thighs on the song “Federal Nightmares”. Ganga has built up an impressive list of celebrity clientele due to her hyper-realistic style that doesn’t skimp on details. Let it be a tattoo a portrait of Tupac for Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers or an image of Virgil Abloh launching a kite for Drake, Ganga’s meticulous tattoos speak for themselves.
Complex emailed Ganga to find out more about Uzi’s new ink, how he became Drake’s personal tattoo artist during the more life European tour, why he puts some of his clients under anesthesia to get his biggest tattoos done, and more.