Kings Ave presents: NeverSleep Publishing

Posted by AJ Garavuso on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 @ 06:05 PM

Neversleep publishing was founded by Mike Rubendall and Matt Beckerich and was built on the idea that Tattooing is an ever-evolving art form, and it is up to us as tattooers, to nurture it. The goal is to help steer tattooing as a whole, toward higher cultural value and toward a more educated and meaningful approach to this sacred craft.

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NeverSleep is dedicated to producing high quality publications that will help educate artists, enthusiasts, collectors, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of what tattooing is truly about. Guided by relentless focus on the core values and passion that shaped them into the tattooers that they are. NS is committed to shedding a positive light onto the art, culture, history, and personalities that made tattooing what it is today.  NS is confident in providing valuable tools and information to help elevate the tattoo industry and are constantly striving to implement the critical initiative required to achieve their vision and give to the world something they truly believe in.


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The first publication from NeverSleep Publishing is Tattooing’s Guide To Symbolism, COR MYSTERIUM, which will be a multi-volume series based around tattoo symbolism. Each volume will feature a diverse selection of artwork from the world's best tattooers and will shed light onto some of the symbolic meanings found in every image.


Volume One: "Tattooing's Guide to Symbolism," will focus on the traditional and iconic tattoo images that serve as the foundation of our craft.  Featuring 197 original paintings from tattooing's most devoted artists; each artist explains their piece in their own words and gives insight into the symbolism behind the images. 

With more volumes to come, we hope to decode some of tattooing's most timeless images and inspire tattooers and collectors alike to compose tattoos that are not only visually appealing, but speak to the soul in a language that is deeper than words. 

For more info or to purchase the book please visit:

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Art Basel Miami - 2016

Posted by AJ Garavuso on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 @ 04:17 PM

Hublot Watches and Maxime Buchi, owner of Sang Bleu tattoo studio in London, have come together and created a limited edition watch; Further branching the art of tattooing and continuing to build the bridge between materials, techniques and cultures.

As a part of this collaboration, Hublot and Sang Bleu will be hosting a 3-day Live Tattoo Pop-Up at this year’s Art Basel in Miami. Mike Rubendall, artist and owner of Kings Avenue Tattoo has been invited to be a special guest tattooer during the event.

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The highly anticipated event will take place Thursday, December 1st – Saturday, December 3rd at the Hublot Galerie, in the Miami Design District. This is sure to be a happening you don’t want to miss.

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NeverSleep Publishing

Posted by AJ Garavuso on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 03:32 PM

     In affiliation with Kings Avenue Tattoo: Mike Rubendall and Matt Beckerich have started NeverSleep Publishing. The initial publication under NeverSleep will be, “Tattooing’s Guide To Symbolism” Cor Mysterium Volume 1. The aim with this project is to increase the cultural value of tattooing by inspiring the current and future generations of tattooers to compose tattoos with richer meanings, and take a more thoughtful approach to what they are drawing.

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     The Cor Mysterium series will be a multi-volume encyclopedia of tattoo symbolism.  Each volume will feature a diverse selection of artwork from the world's best tattooers and will define the symbolic meaning found in each component of every image. 

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     Volume One: "Tattooing's Guide to Symbolism," will focus on the traditional and iconic tattoo images that serve as the foundation of our craft.

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     With more volumes to come, they plan to decode some of tattooing's most timeless images and inspire tattooers and collectors alike to compose tattoos that are not only visually appealing, but speak to the soul in a language that is deeper than words. 

Pre-sale for “Tattooing’s Guide to Symbolism” Cor Mysterium Vol. 1 has begun and can be purchased on the official website, The official release date of this volume is early December 2016.

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Mike Rubendall, Art, matt beckerich, NeverSleep Publishing, Cor Mysterium, Tattooing's Guide To Symbolsim, Books

The 11 Best Tattoo Shops In NYC

Posted by SCOTT HEINS on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 03:03 PM

KINGS AVENUE TATTOO: The first time I walked into Kings Avenue Tattoo "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" was playing on the shop speakers and you could see the sunset streaming in through the windows—which is to say, the vibe here is just right. Their second-floor loft boasts 10 tattoo stations, and the staff has held itself to high standards of kindness and expertise ever since their Manhattan location opened in 2011. Mike Rubendall, famous for his Japanese full bodysuit work, is the marquee artist here, but no matter who's tattooing you at Kings, you'll walk out with a beautiful new work. Plus, the shop's windows look out on the famous 190 Bowery, so you'll be able to ponder the buffing of decades of graffiti history as you add a little ink to your own skin.

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Kings Avenue is located at 188 Bowery between Spring and Kenmare Streets in Nolita, (212-431-5464,

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What's New at Kings Avenue Tattoo

Posted by AJ Garavuso on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

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We are less then a month away until the entire Kings Avenue Team heads to Pennsylvania for the 1st annual Pagoda City Tattoo Festival August 8th, 9th and 10th, presented by Justin Weatherholtz & Joe Johns, taking place in Wyomissing. Wyomissing is conveniently located just outside of Reading, only an hour from Philly and centrally located between Baltimore and New York. This is going to be a must for tattoo fans on the East Coast and worldwide as an opportunity to be tattooed by some of the best in the business.

In other Kings Avenue news, new merchandise is now available in both locations and online which include OG NYC the newest in our line of t-shirts and Mike Rubendall’s latest print “Black Velvet.”  Also, do not hesitate to check some of the latest prints from Matt Beckerich, Shaun Nel, Justin Weatherholtz, Frankie Caraccioli and Jason Tyler Grace.  These prints can be found on their personal websites (blogs) or linked through instagram.  Also, be sure to check out the latest Mike Rubendall write-up on:

As always thank you for all for your continued support.  

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2nd Annual Thom DeVita Art Show At Kings Avenue Tattoo N.Y.C

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Fri, Jan 03, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

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“1,000 Pieces of Original Art”

Tattooer and Artist Thom DeVita to stage Bowery

exhibit featuring five decades of artwork

(Newburgh, NY) Today, the 81-year-old tattooer and artist Thom

DeVita announced that on January 10th, 11th, and 12th, he will

participate in “Odd Art,” his second solo art show and sale at

Kings Ave Tattoo in New York City. Within the increasingly diverse

tattoo community, DeVita is consistently held up as an innovator,

responsible for bridging the gap between tattooing’s military- and

biker-influenced “old school” and its stylistically all-encompassing

present iteration. On display for the first time ever will be some

of his earliest known paintings: three watercolor and ink drawings

dating from the late 1950s.

DeVita was born and raised in East Harlem, and began tattooing on

the Lower East Side in 1961, the same year that the New York City

Health Department banned the practice city-wide. He worked illegally

for four decades, receiving customers in a converted apartment on a

drug-ridden block deep in Alphabet City. In 1991, he relocated to

Newburgh, New York, just six years before the tattoo ban was lifted.

In 2003, DeVita stopped tattooing professionally, shifting his focus

to what he calls “creative rubbings”—acetate tattoo stencils placed

under thin paper and rubbed over with a dry medium. Borrowing from

the visual chaos of his urban upbringing, the kinetic execution of

mid-century painters like Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline, and the

simple, iconographic style of American tattooing, DeVita continues

to apply his designs to any surface that will take pigment—including

the floorboards of his Victorian home—enabling the show’s claim that

there will be “1,000 pieces of original art” for sale.

He’ll also be showing some of his most unusual work: the original

pieces of “flash,” painted in the 1970s, that hung on the walls of

his studio, illustrating for his clients the types of designs he

could apply. Traditionally, tattoo parlors display this imagery in

the manner of an art gallery—framed, and printed on archival paper—

but DeVita’s prized flash was painted on wooden slats salvaged from

discarded fruit crates.

This will be DeVita’s second show at Kings Ave. (His first show,

in January of 2013, was his first ever in New York City, and the

artist sold a total of 85 pieces to fellow tattoo artists and art

enthusiasts alike.) The tattooers Scott Harrison of Portland, OR,

and Bubba Reeves of Los Angeles, CA, will be accepting walk-in

tattoo appointments during the show. The show was organized by Chris

Grosso, a video producer at Vice, who profiled DeVita in several

episodes of the online channel’s “Tattoo Age” series.


Odd Art

Kings Ave Tattoo

188 Bowery, Second Floor

New York City

(212) 431-5464

January 10th, 12 - 9 PM

and January 11th and 12th, 10:30am to 9pm

Curator: Chris Grosso

Links and further reading:

“Tattoo Age” with Thom DeVita

Thom DeVita’s online catalog

Essay by artist Nick Bubash


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Chris Nunez Presents-Hand Crafted Tattoo Studio And Art Gallery

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Mon, Dec 03, 2012 @ 02:27 PM

If you are in the Miami area be sure to check this out. The new gallery opened by our good friend Chris Nunez. It will feature art from some of the best names in the business, including Kings Avenue Tattoo's own Mike Rubendall, Justin Weatherholtz, Matt Beckerich and Brian Paul

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Victor Kensinger @ Kings Avenue Tattooing

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Fri, May 25, 2012 @ 02:34 PM

Kings Avenue Tattooing is happy to announce that Victor Kensinger will be joining our team. Victor is a gifted painter and tattoo artist originally from Spain and trained in Boston. He will be working at the N.Y.C. location on Fri, Sat and Sun. We look forward to working with him and invite you all to check him out by clicking on the link above. Anyone interested in setting something up with Victor please feel free to call the shop 212-431-5464

Victor Kensinger

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Also for those interested Skink Ink Fine Art Editions will be holding a show featuring the prints made from the paintings of Victor Kensinger.  The major works in this show are individual pages from an unwritten graphic novel titled The Bird and the Whale.

Skink Ink Fine Art Editions
177 North 10th Street, Room G
Brooklyn NY 11211
917 536 8347

L to Bedford Ave. or G to Nassau Ave.

Victor Kensinger
Title: The Bird and the Whale
Exhibition dates: June 8th - July 8th,
Gallery hours: 11am to 7pm,
Friday through Sunday
Reception: Friday,  June 8th. 7pm to 9pm

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Sarah Schor

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Sat, Aug 20, 2011 @ 08:05 AM

Recently done by Sarah Schor at Kings Avenue Tattoo, N.Y.C[gallery]

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Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 @ 06:20 AM

It's refreshing to see what can be done when amazing minds are able to do what they love. The best part is, it's all real; the passion, the process, the people and the art. Well done, check it out

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