Mike Bakaty

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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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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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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