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

Thom deVita Screening & Art Show Sep 28th and 29th

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Sat, Sep 21, 2013 @ 01:36 PM

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Our good friend Thom deVita is having an art show and also screening his Tattoo Age as one piece. Please spread the word and stop by to check out a true legend.

Please contact Chris Grosso at Chris@vice.com for

additional information, photos, and interview requests.

Watch Part 1 here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l1mqYQuNf8

Tags: nyc tattoo, kingsavetattoo, tattoo age, thom devita, vice, vbs.tv

The Thom deVita Show At Kings Avenue N.Y.C.

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

Last weekend was a fantastic one for all of us at Kings Avenue Tattoo. This was one of the best times we have had since opening the new Kings Avenue on The Bowery in N.Y.C. Being able to bring a New York Legend back to the city where he made it all happen. The city where Thom introduced folk art into tattooing. So many great artists have followed in this man's tradition and so many came out to show him the gratitude and appreciation he has so deserved. So many names it is impossible to mention you all but we could not have done it with out you all. You have made this event a truly special one. If we can thank one person, we need to mention Chris Grosso. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for making this happen for Thom and us. You helped to create a very special event for a one of a kind artist and man.

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It was great seeing dear friends like Scott Harrison and Oliver Peck

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"no custom designs" this is a rare sight

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What an absolute honor to have the legends of New York, Thom deVita and Tony Polito
in our house
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The place was booming all weekend long. Old friends, new friends, great artists and wonderful clients all under the same roof.
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It was also the perfect weekend to welcome our good friend Chris Odonnell to the Kings Avenue team. He will be taking appointments for the Manhattan shop. For info on how to set up, please email Chris directly at chrisodonnelltattoo@gmail.com We are so happy to have him with us and cant wait to see the beautiful work he creates.
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IMG 4067     Thank you to Thom deVita and all of our friends, family, clients, artists, and art lovers for coming out. You made a very special weekend for us all at Kings Avenue Tattoo, and we look forward to bringing you many more events like this in the near future. Keep following us to be kept up to date on all the new and exciting goings on at Kings Avenue Tattoo

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Mike Rubendall, thom devita, nyc, chris odonnell, tony polito

Thom DeVita - Tattoo Age Part 1

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 02:49 PM

Check out the new epsiode of Vice TV's Tattoo Age featuring artist Thom DeVita.

Thom DeVita began tattooing in the late 60s in New York's Lower East Side, when the practice was illegal. He quickly began to forge his own styles, drawing influence from Puebla Indian designs to Lord and Taylor shopping bags. In this episode, we hear from Ed Hardy, photographer Clayton Patterson, Nick Bubash, Scott Harrison, John Wyatt, Angelo Scotto, Bubba Reeves, Robert Ryan, and more, as we unfold Thom DeVita's epic story.

Thom DeVita - Tattoo Age

Tags: tattoo age, thom devita, vice, vbs.tv

Tattoo Age Season 2

Posted by Jennifer DeSantis on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 @ 05:25 PM

Be sure to check out the trailer for Tattoo Age Season 2.


We were fortunate enough to be part of Season 1 with Kings Ave's own Mike Rubendall.
Don't miss checking out this informative and well put together program, featuring some of the best in the tattooing industry.

This season will feature Valerie Vargas on Sep 12.

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We were lucky to have been able to work with Valerie in April when she did a guest spot with us at Kings Avenue NYC and besides being one hell of a nice person, her tattoos are absolutely stunning. So be sure to check out her premier on Sep 12

Also this season of Tattoo Age is Mutsuo on Oct 10, a tattooer from Osaka Japan known for doing flawless tattoos in almost every style.

The season ends on Nov 10 with legendary tattoo artist Thom deVita who tattooed in New York City in the 60's when tattooing was illegal in all five boroughs and created one of the most unique styles of all time.

So don't miss season 2 it's a great show with another fantastic line up

Tags: tattoo age, valerie vargas, thom devita, mutsuo

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