Specialty: Traditional Japanese, American traditional, religious
Boasting a shop on Long Island and Manhattan, Kings Avenue Tattoo features 12 permanent artists and notable guests like Juan Puente and Tim Hendricks.
The owner, Mike Rubendall, has been called one of the city’s “Top Inkers” by New York Magazine who noted that his style and aesthetic is the result of meticulous research which not only makes the tattoo aesthetically pleasing, but that it also fits in with the mythology of Eastern tattoo attributes.
“If you’re doing a sleeve, you wouldn’t mix cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums,” he says. “If you’re going to do it, you should do it correctly, and with respect for the culture.”
Those that score an appointment with Rubendall – which often takes a year to secure – can rest assured knowing that the design you get will never repeated on anyone else.
“I will never do the same design twice unless its a logo or a special circumstance,” he says. “I will not duplicate someone else’s tattoo.”
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