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NYC Tattoo Ban the Subject of ‘Illegal Ink’ on Clinton Street

Last modified September 12, 2018 at 8:22 am

From 1961 up until 1997, there were no “legal” tattoo shops in New York City. The City Health Department banned tattooing due to an alleged series of blood-borne Hepatitis-B cases linked to Coney Island tattoo parlors in the late 1950s. That tattooing was once banned here seems so archaic now. Especially with the proliferation of the art […]

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What it Was Like Growing Up in the Notorious McGurk’s Suicide Hall on the Bowery [HISTORY]

Last modified June 26, 2018 at 2:03 pm

Here’s a story of a building nicknamed McGurk’s Suicide Hall. You may have read it before. We touched upon the history a while back, but for this go ’round we decided to dig deeper into the past, while chatting with someone who actually lived there: Mr. Mehai Bakaty of forty-year-old pioneer, Fineline Tattoo. 295 Bowery was built in […]

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Fineline Tattoo, the Oldest Tattoo Shop in NYC, Celebrates 40 Years in Ink

Last modified August 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

Fineline Tattoo just reached the significant milestone of forty years in business. Quite the achievement in a city that hasn’t always welcomed tattooing. From 1961 up until 1997, there were no “legal” tattoo shops in New York City because the City Health Department banned tattooing due to an alleged series of blood-borne Hepatitis-B cases linked […]

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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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Fineline Tattoo is Offering $13 Tattoos this Friday the 13th

Last modified June 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

If you’ve been waiting for a marathon tattoo day like we have, fret not, the wait is over! This Friday the 13th, Fineline Tattoo is offering a deal to get your ass through the door – tattoos are $13 apiece (+ $7 tip) from noon until 11pm; arms and legs only. Fineline has never done a […]

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

Posted March 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

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. […]

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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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