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*NEW* Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update

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By ATM/Blue Bone crew The situation of the museum is still very complicated. The woman who was supposed to be our financier is bankrupt and there’s a curator now in the museum and they’re still figuring out who owns what. In the meantime we still cannot enter the museum or take the collection away. Every time they postpone the date the collection is to be released because of difficulties. However, it should last no longer than one month…  Read More »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update: New Pop-Up Store Opening

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Dear Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Supporters & Blue Boners, Thanks to your support we are happy to announce the opening of a new pop-up store by the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum on the 28th of February. You’re most welcome to attend this event from 4-7 pm at the van Woustraat 78 in Amsterdam. In the shop we sell a wide range of tattoo (related) books and gifts and Henk Schiffmacher, Danny Boy, Chris Danley and Yushi Takei will be tattooing here as well. Of course we will host a bunch of great guest artists like we did in the old museum… Read More »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update: New Pop-Up Gallery Location

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Statement from Henk Schiffmacher: Patience my friends, patience… “Patience? If I wanted any patience I would have become a fucking doctor” my old friend, Vancouver’s most notorious tattoo friend, used to say. But nevertheless, hang in there: we are on our way. We negotiate, send letters, get mails, threats, fooled and cheated and the only reason why we keep going is to see what the heck is next. First of all, the fight is not over. The divorce, in fact…  Read More »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Update

Statement from Henk Schiffmacher: What’s up at this very moment? We still have no access to the collection. There are no artists working in the museum, and the shop is declared a no-go area for the tattoo world. A small group of big shots out of the real museum world and university are negotiating the release of the collection. But the schizo character of the opposite side makes it difficult. We have good hope and are already looking for a new location. Soon we will open up a temporary location for our merchandise and office somewhere in town. Meanwhile, your support is much appreciated and needed. Stay away the fuck away from the museum! It’s not ours anymore, it’s now in the hands of un-tattooed people! Thanks to everybody who has been incredible generous and has been donating to our funds! Henk Schiffmacher and crew… Read More »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Winning Battle to Regain Access to Collection and Facility

(Courtesy of The Board of the Foundation Amsterdam Tattoo Museum) Dear Friends, As you all know, the museum was struggling to survive. During the last weeks lots and lots of people from all over the world expressed their support. Many people, shops and companies even showed their strong commitment by giving a financial contribution to push the museum through these difficult times. The response was heartwarming! We incredibly appreciated the many thousands of messages on Instagram, Facebook, etc. At this time, we are proud to inform you that we (partly due to the continuous pressure from the tattoo world) are in process of reaching an agreement with our business partner Partners aan het werk. We expect the contract for a three year partnership to be signed early next week…  Read More »

TAM EXCLUSIVE: Henk Schiffmacher Talks About Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Crisis (VIDEO)

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What happened at the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum? Explained by Henk Schiffmacher from Amsterdam Tattoo Museum on Vimeo. Official Statement from the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum: Dear comrades! First of all we are overwhelmed by the support we’re receiving from all over the world! We can’t thank you enough. Here’s a little history about the museum. What happened, and how come it is like it is now… Henk’s been collecting tattoo related stuff for over 35 years, he knows a lot about the history and is very passionate about the legacy. Especially nowadays, when about everyone can buy a tattoo machine from the Internet and start tattooing without knowing shit…  Read More »

Dutch News Article on the Struggle Over The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

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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…  Read More »

News: SAVE THE AMSTERDAM TATTOO MUSEUM

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 ... Read More »

News: Upcoming Book Releases From The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

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The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum aims to be the home for the art and history of worldwide skin culture. Located in two 19th-century villas, it houses an extensive permanent exhibition about the tattooing of yesterday, today and tomorrow in all its aspects and forms. Check out the museum’s upcoming book releases and catalog here: http://issuu.com/kitpublishers/docs/brochure_atmpublishing Read More »

Adventures in Amsterdam (Part II)

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By johndotcom We hit the ground running yesterday and before I even knew what was happening I was staring at some of the most amazing pieces of classical art in the world! Danny [Dringenberg] knows more about Amsterdam than most Dutch people… It blows my mind! Dan said, “You wanna go see the Rembrandts, bro?” I didn’t even know they were here… So let’s go to the Rijks Museum and check it out… [Part I] Read More »

Adventures in Amsterdam (Part I)

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By johndotcom Where do I begin… How do I begin? My thoughts are an amalgamation of jet lag, exhaustion and amazement. I don’t think I can describe with accuracy how incredible Amsterdam is after the first day. Thank god I took pictures! I’m staring out of Danny Dringenberg’s apartment window, the air is crisp and cool after an early morning rain with the sun breaking over a thin layer of soft white clouds, and all I can think about is how I can get off this computer and onto the streets. Streets bustling with bikes, scooters, trolleys, people and cars, which Teresa [Dringenberg] described as a “real life game of Frogger,” constantly having to duck and dive through this metropolitan maze of moving obstacles… It’s perfect, it’s beautiful and calmly chaotic at the same time… It’s Amsterdam!  Read More »

New Publication From The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum: Mother

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Mothers have always been a popular theme in the world of tattoos, and the first tattoo a young man gets is often associated with this theme, not least because of the ruckus he will avoid when returning home with it. At first most mothers become angry at such an impulsive deed, but once she realises that this is an indelible display of unconditional love for her and that it will be visible to all for all time, all her heart can do is melt…  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 »

Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

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“The Book of Lucky” by Lucky Bastard In the beginning there was the Red Light… In 1998, I took my first trip to Amsterdam to try and sit-in at the infamous Hanky Panky Tattoo. I was told by others that had worked for Hanky (Henk Schiffmacher) that it was not possible to get someone to vouch for you, or to call ahead to test the waters. You just had to meet Henk face-to-face, and hope he liked what you were doing. Not just artistically, but most importantly personality-wise… Read More »