Daredevil Tattoo Celebrates 20 Years on the Lower East Side
For Daredevil Tattoo, this month is milestone. An impressive twenty years on the Lower East Side.
The ink spot was founded by Brad Fink and Michelle Myles, and debuted in 1997, the year the artform was finally re-legalized in New York City. Thanks to a 50% rent gouge at 174 Ludlow Street in 2013, though, ownership settled south of the border – 141 Division Street. This tattoo parlor is permanent, as they were able to purchase the store.
141 Division Street also doubles as a museum of tattooing and tattoo culture.
To commemorate the feat, a fete is planned for April 21, and through the weekend. It’s called “You Pick it, We Stick it,” with more than twenty guest tattoo artists from around the country on hand for your inking pleasure. The hired hands will be “re-interpreting” twenty antique flash sheets from the Daredevil Tattoo collection.
Brad Fink and Michelle Myles of the Daredevil Tattoo Museum have invited over 20 of the best tattoo artists in the country to re-interpret 20 antique flash sheets from their collection during the weekend of April 21-23. The artists will reveal their flash sheets at the opening reception at Daredevil Tattoo on Friday, April 21 from 7pm-10pm and tattoo designs only from these 20 original and 20 new sheets on Saturday, April 22 from 12pm-10pm and on Sunday, April 23 from 12pm-8pm. Artists will not do any custom work this weekend. There will also be no appointments –– walk-ins only, first come, first serve. This is an extraordinary opportunity since many participating artists are booked out months, even years, in advance. The artist lineup includes:
Jeff Rassier (Black Heart Tattoo, San Francisco, CA)
Scott Sylvia (Black Heart Tattoo, San Francisco, CA)
Dan Smith (Captured Tattoo, Tustin, CA)
Nick Colella (Great Lakes Tattoo, Chicago, IL)
Mario Desa (Great Lakes Tattoo, Chicago, IL)
Josh Chapman (Iron Age Tattoo, St. Louis, MO)
Mike Rubendall (Kings Avenue Tattoo, New York, NY)
Grez (Kings Avenue Tattoo, New York, NY)
Chris Garver (Love Hate Social Club, New York, NY)
Mike Perfetto (Designs By Michael Angelo, Brooklyn, NY)
Phil Holt (RedLetter1, Tampa, FL)
Jeff Srsic (RedLetter1, Tampa, FL)
Rich Fie (R&D Tattooing, Queens, NY)
Richie Montgomery (Tattooing by Richie, Long Island, NY)
Steve Byrne (Rock of Ages, Austin, TX)
Bert Krak (Smith Street Tattoo Parlour, Brooklyn, NY)
Eli Quinters (Smith Street Tattoo Parlour, Brooklyn, NY)
Steve Boltz (Smith Street Tattoo Parlour, Brooklyn, NY)
Jen Lee (Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City, San Francisco, CA)
Mary Joy (Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City, San Francisco, CA)
Timmy Tatts (King Cobra Tattoo, State College, PA)
Todd Noble (Right Coast Tattoo, Fenwick Island, DE)