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Fineline Tattoo Has an ‘All Hallow’s Eve Tattoo Party’ with $31 Tatts Today

Last modified October 31, 2014 at 10:26 am

For the year’s on the turn, and it’s All Souls’ night, When the dead can yearn and the dead can smite. -Edith Wharton What frightens you on All Hallow’s Eve night? Clowns? Ghosts? Zombies? How about needles? Good, today is your chance to be scared at Fineline Tattoo (21 1st Avenue). Samhain, All Souls’ Night, All Hallow’s […]

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Tat Chat: Billy Keith’s Japanese Ink

Last modified July 31, 2014 at 7:53 am

Annnnnd we’re back. Once again with a client from Fineline Tattoo. Like what you see? Maybe get a tattoo there. Ladies and gents, meet Billy Keith. He’s a Japanese tattoo aficionado who’s pretty much covered neck to toes. Japanese tattooing dates back thousands of years. Irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 文) is the Japanese word for tattoo. The history […]

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Tat Chat: Rebel Know’s Religion

Posted June 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

We’ve awakened the dormant “Tat Chat” series. Say Shalom to our very own Allison B. Siegel…   What’s your name and what do you do? Are we skipping nicknames? Aviva/Allison. Most people call me Rebel Know or Rebs, short for Rebel Knowledge. I am the Resident Historian, Urban Explorer, Preservationist, Researcher et. al. for this […]

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Memorial Party for Tattoo Legend Mike Bakaty at Bowery Electric Tonight

Posted March 14, 2014 at 6:04 am

On January 29, the tattoo community lost one of its legends – Lower East Side homesteader Mike Bakaty. The skin artist had succumbed to his fight with lung cancer at age 77. Now his Fineline family (which includes son Mehai) is throwing a bash to celebrate his life. This “party in memoriam” happens tonight at […]

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The Final Audio Interview with Pioneering Tattoo Artist Mike Bakaty of ‘Fineline Tattoo’, RIP

Last modified February 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

The tattoo community is grieving. Mike Bakaty, pioneer of Lower East Side tattooing, died last Wednesday evening after a bout with lung cancer. He was 77. Bakaty began inking customers out of his Bowery loft at McGurk’s Suicide Hall in 1976, during the height of the prohibition on tattooing in New York City. So the […]

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