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: http://www.tattoo.com/blog/mike-rubendall-kings-avenue-tattoo.

As always thank you for all for your continued support.  

Tags: Tattoo, Mike Rubendall, Art, nyc, convention, tattoo prints

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

Thom DeVita
panther art


“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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Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Mike Rubendall, Art, thom devita, bowery, 1, 000piecesoforiginalart, oddart, Scott Harrison, Bubba Reeves, Chris Grosso

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

Hand Crafted

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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

Victor Kensinger traditional tattoo

Victor Kensinger vintage girl tattoo

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/157377447727009/

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

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Art, Victor Kensinger

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 http://www.vbs.tv/watch/tattoo-age--2/tattoo-age-trailer

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Timothy Hoyer @ Kings Ave N.Y.C

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Fri, Jun 03, 2011 @ 07:10 AM

Timothy Hoyer will be doing a guest spot at Kings Avenue Tattoo in New York City June 14 thru June 16, call the shops 212-431-5464 or 516-799-5464 for appointments.

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Sarah Schor-Kings Ave Tattoo, N.Y.C

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Sun, May 01, 2011 @ 05:11 AM


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Squid Tattoo by Grez-N.Y.C

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 @ 12:52 PM

"From Hell's heart, I stab at thee; for hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee."

Tags: Uncategorized, Tattoo, Grez, squid tattoo, Art, nyc tattoo, kingsavetattoo

Inkwell and Rose by Justin

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 @ 10:47 AM

Tags: Tattoo, Art, kingsavetattoo, rose tattoo

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