Recap: A Fitting Farewell to Tattoo Legend Mike Bakaty at the Bowery Electric

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 at 9:28 am by
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The Bowery really was electric on Friday evening, standing amongst a crowd of family and friends honoring an inspirational man: Mike Bakaty, who passed away at the end of January. It was a farewell (nay, celebration) to a tattoo legend, hosted at his favorite neighborhood bar, Bowery Electric, and attended by friends and loved ones. Even some biker buddies from DC were in attendance.

We stood to raise a glass, to cheers, to find the silver lining in his passing, or as Bakaty dubbed it, the”upshot.” We spoke from the heart, we embraced, we laughed and we cried because this man – a pioneer in the world of tattooing and an icon on the Lower East Side – is no longer with us.

One of Mike’s sons – Mehai Bakaty stood with two of his brothers and spoke resounding words to an audience bound by one man.

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Here is Mehai’s soulful speech and some pictures from the event.

“They say you’re not really dead until the last person has spoken your name so I think our goal is to let that be a while before that actually happens.”

Mike, we have your voice, your laughter, your wisdom for all to hear, and of course, our memories. It will be a while.

The upshot is you will always be with us.

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