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3 Day Ed Hardy Event at Kings Avenue Tattoo

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From Kings Avenue Tattoo: We are honored and humbled to host the legendary tattooer and artist Ed Hardy for an unprecedented 3-day event.  Hardy, renowned for his genre changing, globally influenced tattoo designs, announced that he will host “Pictures of the Gone World,” taking place May 15th, 16th & 17th at Kings Avenue Tattoo.  The event will consist of a three-day exhibition of Hardy’s most recent artwork, accompanied by the release of a New York- centric tattoo history book and a series of talks covering his influential, six-decade career. “Ed is a pioneer of tattooing, and we are making history with this event,” says Kings Avenue owner Mike Rubendall. Hardy will present a collection of his current and past artwork, consisting of mixed-media paintings that incorporate American an Japanese tattoo motifs, and “kiddie flash” – traditional maritime-inspired designs that he drew as a tattoo-obsessed child in the late 1950s, rendered with colored pencil on looseleaf notebook paper-which has never been publicly exhibited. The event marks the release of the Lew The Jew Alberts: Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings, a compilation of designs attributed to Lew Alberts, a Newark, NJ native who tattooed under the famed Bowery-based artist Charlie Wagner. It’s the most recent title from Hardy Marks, the publishing imprint that Hardy co-founded in 1982, specializing in tattoo history and alternative art.  A limited number of books will be available for purchase at Kings Avenue, and Hardy will be signing copies on May 15th. Hardy will also stage two talks.  ... Read More »

*NEW* Pictures Added to the TAM Blog Gallery

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Tattoos By Frankie Caraccioli Kings Ave. Tattoo New York, NY      TAM Blog 2013 Picture Gallery Read More »

JTG: The South American Experience

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By JTG So I just left Buenos Aires after being there for a month-and-a-half or something like this… The guys from Welldone Tattoo and I started a really tough gang, this is our first group shot. We are tougher than leather…  Read More »

JTG: On the Road in Amsterdam and Beyond

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By JTG After my time at Royal Tattoo in Denmark I headed to Amsterdam and The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum just a week before Christmas. Amsterdam is that city where for the first time in my life I felt like I could have died from partying. This was years ago: I remember looking out the window of my room at like five in the morning, the street lights shimmering on the black water of the canals, while my friends snored around me in drunken, coked-out stupors as my heart raced, my jaw a vice, with teeth that could have cracked walnuts, shit, they could have cracked themselves… Read More »

For the Record: Gib (Tatts) Thomas

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Courtesy of Tattoo Archive: Gib Thomas, as the story is told, was born in New Orleans around the turn of the 20th century. Early on it was obvious that he had drawing talent, and at the tender age of 14 he left home to make his own way. Somewhere along the path he picked up the art of tattooing which he stayed with it for the next fifty years. It has been said that his needle-name “Tatts” was given to him while on the Ringling Show in 1917…  Read More »

For the Record: Prof. James S. Fraser

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Courtesy of Tattoo Archive: Sometimes all it takes is just one image to set you off on a historical voyage. A few months ago, Mr. Grez from King Avenue Tattoo e-mailed me looking for help in identifying an old-time tattooist. Mr. Grez had a beautifully painted sheet of flash with a Homeward Bound image signed by Jim Fraser. Mr. Grez wanted to know if this Jim Fraser was the tattooist better known as James Fraser or Prof. J.S. Fraser. They are one and the same person… Read More »

Mike Rubendall Tattoo Artist Magazine Issue #28 Preview

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Interview By CIV Mike Rubendall: You have one shot to make it right. For me the permanence of a tattoo was a heavy thing and I wanted to make a smart decision. I remember as a kid looking through magazines I’d always admired Filip’s work, it always had a tremendous impact on me. I saw what could be done with tattooing and, first and foremost, I wanted to go out there and see what he did different from what everyone else was doing to get the results he was getting, you know? That was a big part of the reason why I had him do my arms, because I wanted to watch him; I wanted to see it done right. However, at the time I think it was too early in my career to pick up what he was throwing down. I could have soaked up more knowledge if I had waited to make that trip later in my career. Well, who really knows how things would have turned out? I do know it still gave me a whole different mentality and perspective on tattooing… Read More »

Mike Rubendall Tattoo Artist Magazine #28 Teaser (VIDEO)

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Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Mike Rubendall Episode III (VIDEO)

Courtesy of VICE.com: In this episode of Tattoo Age, Rubendall gives us a glimpse into his busy schedule: Getting up at 5 a.m. every morning in order to draw sketches before Daddy-duties commence. Mike’s tattoo guru, Frank Romano, talks about the many ways in which Mike has surprised him throughout his career with his work hard, play hard mentality that leaves no room for vacations. [More info on expanded page] Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Mike Rubendall Episode II (VIDEO)

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  Courtesy of VICE.com:Mike Rubendall reels in people from all the world to the small Long Island town of Massapequa for a taste of his renowned style. In this episode, Tattoo Age talks to the acclaimed tattooer and his mentor, Frank Romano, about his early days as a budding artist, when he would trace over drawings out of magazines to perfect his style. Rubendall muses about how he has always been fascinated by tattoos, breathing and living the craft from the tender age of 17 -growing into one of the most sought out artists in the world. [More info on expanded page] Read More »

Vice Magazine: Tattoo Age, Mike Rubendall Episode I (VIDEO)

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  Courtesy of VICE.com: Mike Rubendall reels in people from all the world to the small Long Island town of Massapequa for a taste of his renowned style. In this episode, Tattoo Age meets Mike’s two adorable daughters and goes on a fun drive around his small suburban town – bumping into his good buddy, the Steve Guttenberg. We visit Mike’s classy tattoo shop, King’s Avenue Tattoo, and talk to him about his upbringing as a normal, middle-class kid.  [More info on expanded page] Read More »

Tim Lehi: Tattoos from the East Coast

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Courtesy of Tim Lehi: Back home from east cost, did some days at KINGS AVE. MANHATTAN then a few at JINX PROOF in DC, had a great time at both places, these are a few tattoos from the trip… [More photos on expanded page] Read More »

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