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.

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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.  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: www.Neversleeppublishing.com

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Happy Holidays

Posted by AJ Garavuso on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 07:03 PM

The holiday season is upon us and the crew at Kings Avenue Tattoo would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday and a Prosperous New Year!

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As always, Gift Certificates are available in both locations and online at Kingsavetattoo.com. Tons of new merchandise is available just in time for the holidays as well. The new “Silent Flight” camouflage pocket T-shirt featuring a back graphic by Mike Rubendall along with new hat designs and several new t-shirts are all available. Mike Rubendall’s Mother Pelican print based off the painting featured in the Times Somerset House London is also now available. In the weeks to come we’ll be opening Mike’s line of fine art giclee canvases that are professionally hand-stretched and wrapped for sale to the public through Kings Avenue. These are made with premium eco-solvent inks with UV protection and arrive ready to hang on the wall. These are also 100% made in the USA.

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The Long Island location will be open Noon-5pm on Christmas Eve for those last minute shoppers. Once the holidays have come and gone and you have your Gift Certificates, come on down and set up an appointment with one of our artists or one of our resident guest artists. Dates are set for the New Year featuring the talents of Max Ireland, Rory Pickersgill, Big Meas, Christopher Fernandez, Sarah B. Bolen, Ms. Juilet, Ace Tats and Bryan Kachel. Also, keep an eye out for start dates for Matt Adamson and Will Lollie as they join the KA team in 2017!!!!

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Finally, The highly anticipated first publication from NeverSleep Publishing – “Tattooing’s Guide To Symbolism,” is due out early January for purchase.

 NeverSleep publishing was founded by Mike Rubendall and fellow artist 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.

 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. They are committed to shedding a positive light onto the art, culture, history and personalities that made tattooing what it is today.

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 “Tattooing’s Guide To Symbolism”

Cor Mysterium Vol. 1

 COR MYSTERIUM 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 provide details on 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. 

 Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to an excited 2017!

 Happy Holidays

The Kings Ave Team!

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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, www.neversleeppublishing.com. The official release date of this volume is early December 2016.

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The 5 Best Tattoo Parlors in New York City

Posted by Alec Banks on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 03:39 PM

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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.”

View the Full article here: http://www.highsnobiety.com/2016/05/06/5-best-tattoo-parlors-new-york-city/

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Needles, Sins and Instagram

Posted by Kings Avenue Tattoo on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

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Kings Avenue Tattoo's newest team member Zac Scheinbaum was recently interviewed for the Needles & Sins tattoo blog.  Check out their write up to learn more about Zac`s style, influences and why he loves tattooing. 

 http://www.needlesandsins.com/2014/09/artist-profile-zac-scheinbaum-kings-avenue-tattoo.html

 

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Mike Rubendall was featured by the Huffington Post as one of the 15 incredible artists you should follow on Instagram.  Instagram has become one of the best ways to keep up with artists' most recent works. If you’re not already following the crew here at Kings Avenue Tattoo, here`s each of their IG handles.

Kings Avenue Tattoo - @kingsavetattoo

Mike Rubendall - @mrubendall

Justin Weatherholtz - @justinweatherholtz

Matt Beckerich- @mattbeckerich

Shaun Nel - @ shauntheafrican

Frankie Caraccioli - @death_cloak

Phil Szlosek - @philipszlosek_ka

Skinny Bagwell- @xskinnyx

Rose Hardy- @rosehardy

Jason Tyler Grace- @jasontylergrace__

Chuck Donoghue- @chuckdtattoos

Zac Scheinbaum- @zacscheinbaum

Chris O’donnell- @codonnell_nyc

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Kings Avenue Tattoo Coming to You

Posted by John Foscante on Tue, May 13, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Matt Beckerich from Handcrafted in Miami
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For those of you that can’t make it to New York for a tattoo by one of our Kings Avenue artists, maybe we’ll be coming to you.  Matt Beckerich just returned from tattooing in Miami at Handcrafted May 9th, 10th & 11th for the release of Ross Nagle’s “Stab City book.  Mike Rubendall will be tattooing in Long Beach, CA for the Ink and Iron convention aboard the Queenmary June 6th,7th & 8th.  Stay tuned for other upcoming conventions (Pagoda City, Montreal Art & Tattoo, London Tattoo Convention, SFO tattoo convention) and maybe one of our artists will be in your area.  

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Recent Tattoo Work From Kings Avenue Tattoo

Posted by John Foscante on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 02:11 PM

Some great things going on at Kings Avenue Tattoo and much, much more on the horizon. Don't miss out, come down and join in on the fun; like some of the recent pieces done by the team at Kings Ave Tattoo.

GREZ

grez tiger tattoo 
Grez sabor tooth tiger tattoo 
Grez owl tattoo 

MATT BECKERICH
Matt Beckerich girlhead tattoo 
MattBeckerich Koi tattoo 
Matt Beckerich boar tattoo 
Matt Beckerich hannya tattoo 

JUSTIN WEATHERHOLTZ
Justin Weatherholtz geisha sleeve 
Justin Weatherholtz black and grey tattoo
Justin Weatherholtz tiger head

MATT "SKINNY" BAGWELL
Matt Bagwell ghost ship
Matt (Skinny) Bagwell bkack and grey rose tattoo

FRANKIE CARACCIOLI
Frankie Caraccioli astronaut
Frankie Caraccioli girl head tattoo
Frankie Caraccioli wolf head tattoo
Frankie Caraccioli tiger head

PHIL SZLOSEK
PHILSZLOSEK SHIP TATTOO
Phil Szlosek rose and razor

Shaun Nel
Shaun Nel tiger tattoo

And let's not forget to welcome Rose Hardy to the Kings Avenue Tattoo family. She will be starting full time with us, April 8 and is currently taking appointments. We are very excited to add such a talented artist and wonderful person to our team. We can not wait to see all the amazing art she is going to create.
Please call us at 212-431-5464
or email kingsavetattoonyc@gmail.com to book time with her
Rose Hardy back tattoo 

 

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Recent Work and Rose Hardy Booking for April at Kings Avenue Tattoo

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

Even at the coldest part of this winter, things are heating up at Kings Avenue Tattoo. Thanks to everyone that came out for the Thom DeVita show. It was a great time and an amazing turnout. We look forward to holding more events like it in the near future. Keep checking the blog for all the info on Kings Ave events. We are also glad to announce that Rose Hardy will be joining the Kings Avenue family in April contact us at kingsavetattoonyc@gmail.com on scheduling information
Until then here is some recent work from the guys.

 

GREZ
Grez cobra and all seeing eye tattoo 
Grez Def Leppard 
Grez rock of Ages tattoo 

 

ROSE HARDY
Rose Hardy pattern color pattern tattoo 
Rose Hardy black and grey girl head 
Rose Hardy black and grey pattern tattoo 
Rose Hardy bat tattoo 

 

JASONTYLER GRACE
Jason Tyler Grace dragon and koi tattoo 
Jason Tyler Grace Butterfly and peony tattoo 
Jason Tyler Grace tiger tattoo 
Jason Tyler Grace eagle tattoo 

 

JUSTIN WEATHERHOLTZ
Justin Weatherholtz black and grey angel and roses tattoo 
Justin Weatherholtz black and grey angel tattoo 

 

FRANKIE CARRACIOLI
Frankie Caraccioli wolf head tattoo 
Frankie Caraccioli traditional tattoo compass and rose 
Frankie Caraccioli skull, hand tattoo 

 

Shaun Nel
Shaun Nel black and grey skull and rose tattoo 

 

Phil Szlosek
Phil Szlosek Fudo tattoo 
Phil Szlosek script tattoo 

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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.

Details

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

oddart23@gmail.com

Links and further reading:

“Tattoo Age” with Thom DeVita

http://www.vice.com/tattoo-age/thom-devita-part-1

Thom DeVita’s online catalog

http://thomdevita.wordpress.com

Essay by artist Nick Bubash

http://www.kqfineart.com/featured/index%202.htm

 

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