Century-Old Tattoo and Flash Ephemera at the South Street Seaport Museum

Posted on: September 20th, 2018 at 5:10 am by

Gus Wagner: Courtesy of the Southstreet Seaport Museum

Daredevil Tattoo is hosting a can’t miss event with the South Street Seaport Museum. We have been documenting the history of tattooing on the Bowery for years; this event is making history all its own.

Gus Wagner flash just for you. From the sea merchant-cum-tattoo artist and most artistically marked-up man in America. Seriously. You want it forever? Head down to the Seaport this weekend.

From the Press Release:

The South Street Seaport Museum announces a two-day public program, Gotham and Gus Wagner, featuring a rare opportunity for participants to receive tattoos inspired by our historic collection of tattoo flash and ephemera. The weekend will consist of an evening lecture on Friday, September 21, at 6:30pm, and a day of live tattooing on Saturday, September 22, 12:00-8:00pm. Both programs will take place at the Museum’s Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street, New York, NY 10038 and are organized by Daredevil Tattoo…

On Saturday, September 22, 12:00-8:00pm the public will be offered the rare opportunity to receive a truly historic tattoo based on the nearly century-old collection of tattoo flash of the Seaport Museum’s Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo Collection. Renowned New York City-based tattoo artists from Daredevil Tattoo, 5 Points, Kings Avenue, Three Kings, Red Rocket, Saved, Greenpoint, Fun City and NYHC will be on hand inking designs inspired by Gus Wagner’s original artwork.

Tattoos will be first come first serve, and there are a few ground rules for the day to help move things along and keep the day fun for everyone. The doors open up for tattooing at noon on the 22nd and the event will run until closing time at 8:00pm. Limit one tattoo per person, and only the designs on the selected sheets are available. Prices for tattoos range from $50 – $500 and it is a cash only event . Participants must bring valid state ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID) with proof of 18+ age, no exceptions.

All proceeds from Saturday’s charity tattooing event, matched by the Communities Foundation of Texas, will be used to conserve, preserve, and promote the unparalleled Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo Collection.

It’s important to keep tattoo history alive, so mark your calendars and see you there!

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