Kings Avenue Tattoo Opens at 188 Bowery

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 at 6:39 am by

Tattooing returned to the Bowery two weeks ago with the advent of Massapequa-based Kings Avenue Tattoo.  The new ink shop quietly opened its doors on the second floor of 188 Bowery, at the southwest corner of Spring Street. We received the press release the other day, which essentially champions the homecoming of tattoo parlors to the Bowery.

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The gist of it is that Kings Avenue NYC was founded by two renowned tattooists Mike Rubendall and Grez, who together decided to open a second location on the Bowery simply to become “part of the energy, life, and creativity that Manhattan possesses.”  The Long Island-based operation also has a number of celebrity clients including actress Evan Rachel Wood and musician Pete Wentz.  Here’s some of the official marketing babble:

On April 1st, KINGS AVENUE NYC opened its doors at 188 Bowery to a reveal a beautiful, open-loft floor plan to the public.  Framed paintings decorate the walls and with its black glass chandeliers and oriental carpets, KINGS AVENUE NYC doesn’t look the rough-and-tumble shops of the old Bowery – nor is it the place to get a crude anchor quickly scratched into your forearm.  This is a pristine gallery space where fine-art is being created on skin seven days a week.

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While people have traveled from all over the world to visit their Long Island location for everything from a full-scale Japanese body-suit to a modestly-sized, classic nod to Americana flash, RUBENDALL explains that they opted to open a second shop on Bowery, “for the simple fact of wanting to be a part of the energy, life, and creativity that Manhattan possesses.”

KINGS AVENUE NYC will also feature the work of resident artists MATT BECKERICH, JUSTIN WEATHERHOLTZ, BRIAN PAUL, SHAUN NEL, KEVIN LEBLANC and SARAH SCHOR – a talented collective that has adorned the bodies of notables like actress EVAN RACHEL WOOD, hip-hop empresario DAMON DASH and rocker PETE WENTZ of FALL OUT BOY.  The public can also expect to see guest appearances from renowned artists like CHRIS O’DONNELL, TIM HENDRICKS and Denmark’s HENNING JORGENSON as well as “celebrity” tattooists such as CHRIS NUÑEZ (Miami Ink) and KAT VON D (L.A. Ink).  Artists will be present to accept unscheduled “walk-in” clients, but due to their individual waiting lists, clients are encouraged to contact the artists at KINGS AVENUE NYC in advance.

Hours of operation are noon to 9 pm Monday through Saturday, and 1 pm to 7 pm on Sundays.  We’ll pay for that Bowery Boogie tattoo you’ve been itching to get!

Kings Avenue Tattoo, 188 Bowery, (212) 431-5464

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