Inkstop Tattoo Parlor Closing Down after 2 Decades in the East Village

Posted on: May 8th, 2018 at 5:09 am by

The wells have run dry for Inkstop Tattoo on Avenue A.

Head tattoo artist and shop owner, Eric Rignall, announced last week on social media that the business would close down at the end of summer. “Sometime “by August 1,” which means any day now, really. Thus concluding an impressive twenty-one year run in the neighborhood.

Rignall will carry the Inkstop name with him out to Queens for an “appointment only” setup. He’s still looking for a new spot, though.

From the post:

I am sad to say that Inkstop will be closing by August 1st after over 21 years in business.
However, I will be still working as “Inkstop Tattoo” but I’ll be working by myself on an appointment only basis in a new space in Queens. I will post the address once I have a place rented. The email contact will be the same which is inkstopnyc@gmail.com. To reach the other artists directly, you can contact them individually from these links right here.

I want to say thank you so much for keeping Inkstop going all these years and being part of our life. Hopefully we will still see you, just in a new location. Thank you.

Inkstop first came on the scene in 1997, the year that New York City lifted the ban on tattoo parlors. It was then that Rignall began the business at 209 Avenue A. It’s always been a no-frills, specialty space with a loyal local customer base (not to mention its classic window neon display).

This is Eric Rignall with an announcement for all friends and family of Inkstop Tattoo… I am sad to say that Inkstop will be closing by August 1st after over 21 years in business. However, I will be still working as "Inkstop Tattoo" but I'll be working by myself on an appointment only basis in a new space in Queens. I will post the address once I have a place rented. The email contact will be the same which is inkstopnyc@gmail.com. To reach the other artists directly, you can contact them individually from these links right here. Eddie Carrero can be reached at eddie_tattoos@yahoo.com Ronen Bichacho can be reached at nomadstattoo@gmail.com Terry Tapp can be reached at terrytapp@gmail.com I want to say thank you so much for keeping Inkstop going all these years and being part of our life. Hopefully we will still see you, just in a new location. Thank you. Eric Rignall #InkstopTattoo #Tattoo #Tattoos #NYC

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