Dutch News Article on the Struggle Over The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

Henk Schiffmacher May Own Tattoo Museum No Longer
(Original story from De Stentor) [Editor’s Note: This story originally appears in Dutch and is loosely translated into English via Google Translate.]

Amsterdam, Nov. 22nd, 2012 – By a high sustained financial conflict Henk Schiffmacher access to its own Amsterdam Tattoo Museum denied. It has famous Dutch tattoo artist and artist Thursday… 

The tattoo king worked with Partners in the Work, of whom 1.5 million received in exchange for providing employment for people who have been long-term unemployed.

According Schiffmacher has owned the company for months staff are not paid and the minds this week rose to a boiling point.


The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum opened in early November last year, the doors to the Plantage Middenlaan in three monumental buildings. This Schiffmacher accomplished his dream. The objects in the museum were almost all from his own collection.

“I live in a Jiskefetsituatie, become continuous lured out of my tent. But it is a work of art which I started and I want to finish it. Though we must conquer it all together.” Schiffmacher considering legal action.”I fear I nothing else can.”

Dutch Version:

Henk Schiffmacher mag eigen Tattoo Museum niet meer in

Door een hoogopgelopen financieel conflict is Henk Schiffmacher de toegang tot zijn eigen Amsterdam Tattoo Museum ontzegd. Dat heeft Nederlands bekendste tattoo-artiest en kunstenaar donderdag laten weten.

De tattookoning werkte samen met Partners aan het Werk, van wie hij 1,5 miljoen euro kreeg in ruil voor het bieden van een werkplek aan mensen die langdurig werkloos zijn geweest.

Volgens Schiffmacher heeft de eigenaresse van het bedrijf al maandenlang personeel niet betaald en zijn de gemoederen deze week tot een kookpunt gestegen.

Het Amsterdam Tattoo Museum opende begin november vorig jaar de deuren aan de Plantage Middenlaan in drie monumentale panden. Hiermee verwezenlijkte Schiffmacher zijn droom. De voorwerpen in het museum kwamen bijna allemaal uit zijn eigen verzameling.

“Ik leef in een Jiskefetsituatie, word continue uit mijn tent gelokt. Maar het is een kunstwerk waaraan ik ben begonnen en dat wil ik afmaken. Al moeten we het met z’n allen bestormen.” Schiffmacher overweegt juridische stappen. “Ik vrees dat ik niets anders kan.”

Click here to see original story: http://www.destentor.nl/nieuws/algemeen/show/12070018/Henk-Schiffmacher-mag-eigen-Tattoo-Museum-niet-meer-in.ece

Official Statement from the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum:

Comrades at arms!

It is been overwhelming, we’re blown away by the enormous support we’ve had the last 24 hours. Never before in my whole history as a tattoo artist I’ve come across such an enormous exposition of positive energy. Reactions worldwide, tweets and retweets, pictures on Instagram, posts on Facebook, etc. It’s a tough fight, but we’re in to win this.

Again today we were denied access to our museum. Locks have been changed, negotiations with the police to get personal matters like tattoo machines were necessary. A tidal wave of local and national press were served all day. Negotiations with landlords, lawyers and businessmen took place. Do not despair my friend. We will fight this with success. Stay tuned!

P.S. Lawsuit is about 1.5 million Euros and has no ground at all. Come see us on December 8th. Help us fight for our art, fight for our history, fight for our future, fight for our museum!

How can you help us?
– First of all, keep spreading the word!
– Make a donation on PayPal, big or small at info@bluebonesociety.com.
– Make a tattoo for the museum, donate, take a picture and participate in the 1000 tattoos for the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum competition
– Sing a song on YouTube
– Make a “Save The ATM” t-shirt
– Bake cookies
– Throw a party
– Become a member of the Blue Bone Society
– Put us in your will
– Sell your body
– Throw us a gig
– Rob a bank
– Organize an auction
– Participate in the December 2nd worldwide Tattoos for History day in participation with www.tattooplatform.nl.

Keep up the fight!

Yours truly, Hanky Panky, Louise, Annemarie & Tessa…

Click here to donate to the SAVE THE ATM FUND!!!


More information about the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum can also be found on www.amsterdamtattoomuseum.com and their blog http://tattoomuseum.wordpress.com/.

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8 thoughts on “Dutch News Article on the Struggle Over The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

  1. Reblogged this on Modern Violent Gentlemen and commented:
    Sorry we’re a few days late on this!

    Rather than writing an article about what’s going on, I figured it would make more sense to reblog this piece from TAM (hope that’s cool guys).

    This is some seriously messed up stuff, and we wish Henk and co the best of luck getting it sorted. If anyone is holding any events to raise funds for the museum please let us know and we’ll gladly do a little post about it.

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