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

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Tattoo, Mike Rubendall, Art, matt beckerich, nyc tattoo, book, bookstore, publication

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!

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Tattoo, Mike Rubendall, kingsavetattoo, Happy Holidays, Kings Ave, NeverSleep Publishing, Tattooing's Guide To Symbolsim, tattooing, Mother Pelican, Gift Certificates

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.

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Mike Rubendall, Art, Kings Ave, tattooing, Hublot, Sang Bleu, Maxime Buchi, Watches

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.

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, kingsavenuetattoo.com).

Tags: Mike Rubendall, Art, nyc, bowery

Upcoming Guests

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 03:31 PM

The next round of guest artists coming through the LI and NYC locations are set and now taking appointments. Sadly the days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting colder. Beach days and BBQ’s are coming to end, what better time to get tattooed!

Kicking off September we have:

Sarah Carter (https://www.instagram.com/sarahcartertattoo/?hl=en) back with us working out of our NYC location. Before the end of the month resident guest and one of the best dudes in the industry Lucky Matthews (https://www.instagram.com/luckdangit/?hl=en) will be in both locations. During that same time frame black and gray wizard Wilson Pan (https://www.instagram.com/wilsontatts/?hl=en) will be back for another round in the LI location.

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October bring back handsome man and resident guest Max Ireland (https://www.instagram.com/max.ireland/?hl=en) in our NYC location joined by the super talented Dean Sacred (https://www.instagram.com/greyxghost/?hl=en) on his way to SFO. Kings Ave regular Kevin Marr (https://www.instagram.com/kevinmarr_horikema/?hl=en) will also be back in October. Closing out the month we will have the very talented Laura Parisotto (https://www.instagram.com/laparisotto/?hl=en) doing her black and gray thing in both locations!

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November kicks off with resident guest Chad Chesko (https://www.instagram.com/chadchesko/) back for the second time in as many months. Always great to have him! One of Texas’s best Sunny Lovan (https://www.instagram.com/sunnylovan_tattoo/) will back in both locations as well. Sunny’s a super talented and super nice guy. Looking to get a cover up, some slick traditional work, or a killer Japanese tattoo, we’ve got your guy – Will Lollie (https://www.instagram.com/w.lollie/) will be back in both location. Keep your eye on Will as you may see more of him around these parts in the months to come!

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Stayed tuned for the winter line up, but locked in so far from the other side of the pond we have Sarah B. Bolen (https://www.instagram.com/eraserbits/) doing that symmetry thing in NYC.

Wandering the globe making art, this February Rory Pickersgill (https://www.instagram.com/rory_pickersgill_tattoo/) will take a break from the nature trail and stop by the big city. He’ll be working in both locations.

We’re very excited to have these extremely talented artists join us in the upcoming months. To schedule an appointment with any of the mentioned artists or of course one of resident artists feel free to contact either location at your convenience. We look forward to having everyone!!!  

Tags: Guest Artists, Tattooing, travel,

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/

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Tattoo, New York

"Merch Game Strong"

Posted by AJ Garavuso on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 03:25 PM

Just in time for the warm weather Kings Avenue Tattoo has new apparel in both locations and online.

This seasons line includes:

A new Raglan style (baseball tee) 3’s Company designed but the elusive Grez featuring his eerie skull!

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Two new t-shirts are now available as well. What started as a crewneck sweatshirt (still available) has now become a camouflage pocket t-shirt featuring Mike Rubendall’s Silent Flight graphic on back. Also, from the archives a Brian Paul design titled Death Crescent giving Mac Tonight a run for his money.

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“Suns out, Guns out” as the kids say… we now have a brand new tank top available with lettering by the master BJ Betts. Great for staying cool and showing off those tats!

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Lastly, we now have our first patch available. Designed by Mike Rubendall and done by Lucky’s tattoo supply this iron on patch is a great addition to all of your apparel. Get all these new designs and check out our extensive line of Kings Ave apparel online and in stores.  

Tags: Mike Rubendall, Grez, Brian Paul, InkFxCorp, BJ Betts, New York City, Luckys Tattoo Supply, Merchandise, Apparel

Inked Magazine / Mike Rubendall

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 04:26 PM

Screen_Shot_2016-06-01_at_3.55.15_PM.png    Mike Rubendall was recently featured by Freshly Inked Magazine. In this issue, he had an extensive interview with Yallzee. This interview was very different for Mike and was filled with many non-generic questions, touching up on several new topics. It's Mike's first interview in almost 5 years.  The interview conducted by Yallzee was so well-prepared and went so smooth for Mike that, unfortunately, the full version found inside the magazine was heavily edited and stripped down to a fraction of the full interview.  However, you can find the full unedited interview online at http://www.inkedmag.com/artists/mike-rubendall-2/.   We hope you enjoy! 

  

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Tags: Mike Rubendall, Yallzee, Freshly Inked Magazine, Kings Ave, Inked Magazine

Coming to a Kings Avenue Near You!

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 09:44 PM

The weather is getting warmer and you still have enough time to get a new tattoo to bum out your family at this years BBQ. For those of you who haven’t booked your appointments yet, we’re bringing in an A-list group of tattooers to meet your needs.

 Cash Scott (https://www.instagram.com/cashscotttattoo/?hl=en) is with us bringing in the month of May.  Clark Seiger (https://www.instagram.com/clarkseiger_ir/?hl=en) is with us mid-May.  Also, keep an eye out for Clark’s starting date as he joins the Kings Avenue Family full time!  Closing out May we’re excited to have Sunny Lovan (https://www.instagram.com/sunnylovan_tattoo/?hl=en) stop by for a few days in Long Island.  Followed immediately by a familiar face: the veteran, Bryan Burk (https://www.instagram.com/bryanburk/?hl=en) who may very well pilot his own plane out here! Bryan was also featured by LA Weekly as one of the “Top 10 Most Awesome Tattoo Artists” in Los Angeles.   

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We’re going to be kicking off the month of June with a bang as the one and only Paul Anthony Dobleman of Spider Murphy’s (https://www.instagram.com/pauldobleman/?hl=en) stops by both locations.  Keeping with the west coast theme, Megan “Lady” Wilson (https://www.instagram.com/ladywilson/?hl=en) will be gracing us with her presence in NYC the second week in June.  Finishing up the month of June, we’re very excited to have Alex Nunez (https://www.instagram.com/alexnuneztattoo/?hl=en) with us for all the photo-realism freaks.   

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July opens with the very talented Nick Alvarez (https://www.instagram.com/_nick_alvarez_/?hl=en) who will be doing his thing in NYC.   Next up is Wilson Pan (https://www.instagram.com/wilsontatts/?hl=en) putting his own black and gray spin on Japanese imagery along with his killer photo-realism.  Then, back by popular demand, the southern boy Will Lollie (https://www.instagram.com/w.lollie/?hl=en) will be back at it again if you missed him the last time around.  Bryan Kachel (https://www.instagram.com/bryankachel/?hl=en), one of the nicest guys in the business, will be back for a quick 2-day weekend stint near the end of July if you want to get a really solid tattoo by a solid dude!  Making their way across the pond from the U.K. for another round at Kings Avenue NYC is Matt Adamson (https://www.instagram.com/mattadamson/?hl=en), Flo Nuttall (https://www.instagram.com/flonuttall/?hl=en) and Heinz (https://www.instagram.com/heinztattooer/?hl=en).  This time around, Adamson will also be making his way out to the Long Island location.

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August brings the amazing Teide (https://www.instagram.com/teidetattoo/?hl=en) back to NYC just before heading to the Pagoda City Tattoo Convention (https://www.instagram.com/pagodacitytattoofest/?hl=en).                                                            

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The fall starts out strong with the lovely and talented Miss Juliet (https://www.instagram.com/m1ss_juliet/?hl=en) and the bone collector Ty Pennington (https://www.instagram.com/tpenningtontat2/?hl=en).

For appointments with any of our guests or our resident artists, please feel free to stop by either location at your convenience.  We look forward to an awesome summer bringing you all the very best tattooing has to offer! 

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