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 ( is with us bringing in the month of May.  Clark Seiger ( 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 ( stop by for a few days in Long Island.  Followed immediately by a familiar face: the veteran, Bryan Burk ( 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.   


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 ( stops by both locations.  Keeping with the west coast theme, Megan “Lady” Wilson ( 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 ( with us for all the photo-realism freaks.   

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July opens with the very talented Nick Alvarez ( who will be doing his thing in NYC.   Next up is Wilson Pan ( 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 ( will be back at it again if you missed him the last time around.  Bryan Kachel (, 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 (, Flo Nuttall ( and Heinz (  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 ( back to NYC just before heading to the Pagoda City Tattoo Convention (                                                            

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The fall starts out strong with the lovely and talented Miss Juliet ( and the bone collector Ty Pennington (

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! 

The New York Times visits Kings Ave

Posted by Alix Strauss on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 05:03 PM

With this Tattoo, I Thee Wed:

Valentine’s Day often finds couples speaking of love and lasting commitment. Some have concluded (for better or worse) that there is no finer way to celebrate eternal love than by showcasing it on one’s ring finger with a tattoo.

“Once you get it, there’s no turning back,” said Christopher Forsley, who was married last July to Sarah Patterson in Santa Monica, Calif. For Mr. Forsley, 30, a comic book writer, and Ms. Forsley, 28, a cake maker, the factors driving their decision to get inked came down to cost, minimalism and timing — oh, and the fact that Mr. Forsley’s brother is a tattoo artist.

“We’re both broke and not materialistic,” Mr. Forsley said. “We liked the idea that this wasn’t an object, but rather something that was going to become a part of us.”

The bride added, “This matched who we are.”

Mike Martin, the owner of Flesh Skin Grafix Tattoo in Imperial Beach, Calif., said, “I see maybe one couple a week, which is a lot considering five years ago almost no one was asking for them.”


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Given the permanence of tattoos, inked-on rings are generally for those who have recently been married rather than simply engaged. Surprising one’s intended with an unexpected trip to a tattoo parlor, perhaps on one knee, may not go over as expected.

“A proposal isn’t always forever, and the wedding might not happen,” said Mr. Martin, who is also the president of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. He said he has never had calls for tattooed engagement rings. Like the ink itself, he added, “Once the knot is tied, it’s far more permanent.”

Tattooed-on wedding rings come in an array of designs. Among the most popular are branding the wedding date, spouse’s name or initials onto the finger. Some designs are simple; a monochrome squiggle line or the infinity symbol around the digit. Some favor words: “always,” “forever” or “together.”

For her marriage to Jay Z, Beyoncé had a Roman numeral inked onto her ring finger. Behati Prinsloo, who is married to Adam Levine, had three dots tattooed onto her ring finger.

Others are intricate works of art, incorporating objects like arrows going off in different directions, a heart and key, or an outline of the state where the couple fell in love. Dax Shepard, who is married to Kristen Bell, has a bell-shaped tattoo inside of which are three initials: K, L and D, for Kristen, Dax, and their daughter Lincoln.

Those who go for inked-on rings are often looking for a different kind of wedding experience to go along with them. “I never wanted to have a traditional wedding,” said Molly Serena Dorsman, 29, a music teacher in New Jersey, who married Dzermin Mesic, 32, a chef, in 2012.

She contends that those who favor the traditional gold ring often get divorced. “We want to be married forever,” she said, “and this cements that.”

For their ceremony, held in a courthouse in New Jersey, Ms. Dorsman and Mr. Mesic bought stand-in rings from a flea market. He got a basic silver band and she got a thick-banded ring with vintage roses on it, silver as well.

A few days later, the couple visited her friend’s store, Aqua Santa Tattoo, a parlor on West 18th Street in Manhattan, from which they each chose a simple band; she had a heart added to hers.

In addition to “increasing the feeling of permanency of a couple’s faith,” said Myrna L. Armstrong, a retired professor from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a ring tattoo represents a “distinctive choice to have this done, and the understanding that no one else will have anything like theirs. These intense meanings are very appealing to couples.”

 “Tattoos make people feel good, special and unique” and are particularly appealing to millennials, said Ms. Armstrong, who has studied tattoos for 25 years. “It’s become a common and comfortable means of providing a message to themselves and to others.”

Anthony Botiglione, 43, who is to marry Jennifer Fiorenza, 35, a publicist, on Feb. 28 in Baiting Hollow, N.Y., said, “You can’t take it off, you can’t lose it, you can’t put it in your pocket, which some men do to show the world they’re not married.

“I don’t want to be that guy,” Mr. Botiglione said. “I want to look at my hand and know this huge commitment I’ve made is forever.”

Because he’s in construction, he cannot wear jewelry; he will get a simple black tattoo band when the couple return from their honeymoon in March. But she will stick with a traditional ultrathin rose-gold band with pavé diamonds.

Those seeking tattooed wedding rings, said Mr. Martin, want to step out on the edge a bit. “But they don’t want to freak anyone out,” he said. “It’s acceptable at work, and no one will fire them for it.”

Gold wedding bands typically cost $300 to $700 each, according to a representative of the Jewelers of America trade association. Mr. Martin said his shop typically charges about $60 for a simple design that the couple brings in. If he is creating it, and there are a number of colors or it’s a technical piece, it could be $100 or more.

The latter price is what Mr. Forsley’s brother said that he would have charged per ring to other clients. But for Mr. Forsley, the fact that the rings were free was not as important as “having my brother design and tattoo us. It was far better than going to a store and having a salesperson talk you into something.”

Ms. Dorsman and Mr. Mesic recall paying the personal friend who inked their wedding bands about $50 each. That doesn’t mean that Mr. Mesic skipped over presenting her first with an engagement ring.

“My husband did give me an engagement ring,” she said. “It was a plastic one from 7-Eleven. I was pretty gung-ho on not wanting a ring.”

Tattoos can cost less than traditional jewelry, but that doesn’t mean they are cost-effective or long-lasting. Inked rings do fade with time. The skin on hands sheds more quickly because of constant use, and gets the most exposure to sun. To compensate, tattoo artists must inject the ink deeper than the customary two levels of the dermis.

Happy Holidays from Kings Avenue

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Mon, Dec 07, 2015 @ 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 Tons of new merchandise is available just in time for the holidays as well. New “Silent Flight” crewnecks featuring front graphic by Mike Rubendall and back lettering by BJ Betts along with new hat designs and several new t-shirts are all available as well.   Both locations will be open Noon-5pm on Christmas Eve for those last minute shoppers. 20151204_193254.jpg

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 artist or one of our resident guest artists. Dates are set for the new year featuring the talent of Melissa Baker, Lucky Matthews, Clark Seiger, Kevin Marr, Johan Svhan, Florencio Rojas and Max Ireland.


Also, keep an eye on Mike Rubendall and Matt Beckerich’s publishing company “Neversleep” as Mike and Matt prepare to release the company’s first publication “Cor Mysterium.” You can check it out at, and on Instagram at Neversleepnyc for details and merchandise.   “Cor Mysterium” will be a multi- volume encyclopedia of tattoo symbology. 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. Volume one: “The Classics,” will focus on the traditional and iconic tattoo images that serve as the foundation of the craft.


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Posted by Anne & Julien on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

“A historical object of anthropological, ethnological and sociological studies, tattooing is currently the object of popular and media curiosity as well as an object of consumption for advertising and fashion that exploit and use its specific imagery to sell other messages. The Academic History of art from which we come from in Europe has banned popular art to earn a respectability only granted to what is commonly called "The Great Art". Two issues - a non-commoditized support and a work thought by two persons - that ended up to definitively denying tattooing from any artistic rhetoric. Besides this difficulty of acceptance and discernment, tattooing has always been independent and at the heart of the three main pillars of the artistic gesture: subject, composition, technique - constituting over time a specific iconography defining its own classics. Thus, the more open prominence taking place today around the tattoo has to take into account an artistic history constituted of fundamentals, classics, initiators and heirs that have not been waiting for the spirit of the times to exist. The Tattoo Art collection fits in this evidence: a presentation of the different active generations and the founding artists who are impossible to ignore today as historical significance; a proposal of strong and original works in the current landscape. We wish to establish a first anchor point toward the art collectors and the world of the art market.” Anne & Julien

Rose Hardy on Ink Master

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 04:27 PM

IMG_1847 Tune in tonight September 1st at 10pm EST to Spike TV's "Ink Master" to see the lovely Rose Hardy in her 2nd season as Guest Judge.  It's a Kings Avenue take over this season as Rose will be 3rd Guest Judge from Kings Avenue Tattoo to make an appearance!  See what Rose thinks of this years contestants and who goes home tonight!  As always Rose will be joined by Chris Nunez, Oliver Peck and Dave Navarro.  Tune in and Enjoy!

Ink Master Guest Judge: Justin Weatherholtz

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 02:31 PM

IMG_1022  Kings Avenue Veteran and Pagoda City Convention organizer Justin Weatherholtz joins the Ink Master Judges panel tonight at 10pm on Spike TV. Tune to see what Justin thinks about this year's contestants.  Should be a great episode!

Ink Master Season 6:

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @ 05:53 PM

 IMG_9325     Mike Rubendall is back this Tuesday, August 4th at 10:00pm for his 3rd appearance on Spikes Ink Master as a Guest Judge. Watch Mike critique the contestants work as they continue to battle for the title of Season 6 Ink Master. This time around Mike will be stepping out from behind the judges panel to get more involved in this week’s "Ink Challenge". Hopefully the contestants are prepared to step up their game as they face one of their toughest challenges this season. Up until this point competing amongst each other has proven to be tough enough; but in this episode they’ll be competing against more than just themselves!  Tune in to see what unfolds.  



Keep an eye on this season for some more surprises from the Kings Ave team in future episodes!!!

Pagoda City Tattoo Festival

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 @ 02:58 PM

11355126_940606052626751_1587822602_n         We are 3 weeks away from the most anticipated tattoo convention on the East Coast (Pagoda City Tattoo Festival); sponsored by Shirts and Destroy & Eternal Ink.  Organizers Justin Weatherholtz (Kings Ave) & Joe Johns (Wizard’s World) will have the convention jam-packed with the best artists from around the world. This is your opportunity to get tattooed by someone you may have otherwise had to travel around the world to see. Mike Rubendall and the entire Kings Avenue Tattoo Crew will be in attendance along with Tim Hendricks, Black Heart Tattoo (San Francisco), Inksmith & Rogers, Three Tides Tattoo, BJ Betts, the Red Letter 1 crew, State of Grace and many more… 

Seminars by Ahren Bloomquist, Jime Litwalk & Joe Capobianco, Bob Tyrrell, and others will be going on all weekend. Tattoo Elite International, Harley Davidson, True Black and Deer Jerk will be back selling merchandise this year in case you’re looking for something other than a tattoo to bring home with you.

 The convention will be held August 7th,  8th and 9th at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing, PA (just outside of Reading).

 From more information check out or follow them on Instagram @pagodacitytattoofest.


Ed Hardy Returns to the Bowery

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Thu, Jun 04, 2015 @ 07:18 PM

       Ed Hardy’s return to the Bowery proved to be as historical as anticipated.  Artists from all over the world came to hear Ed talk about tattooing both in past and present, his take on his own work and thought process when creating both paintings and tattoos. One could really feel the vibe all weekend and you knew you were a part of something so much bigger than just an art exhibit and lecture; you were a part of history.  Ed’s new paintings and stencils from past tattoos were inspiring to say the least.  Everyone took something away from the weekend, whether it was something physical like a painting, stencil, a tattoo from Ed’s Flash or a feeling that the creative process is something that will and can continue forever.  Ed continues to influence both the tattoo and fine art world still to this day. 

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On day two, Ruth Marten and Michael McCabe accompanied Ed to discuss the history of tattooing in New York. McCabe led a Q&A in which Ruth and Ed talked about their experience’s with NYC tattooing. They painted a clear picture of what it was like to work in the Tattoo Industry when tattooing was still completely underground.  They spoke of the likes of Mike Malone, Sailor Jerry, Thom DeVita and Tony Polito (who attended the lecture) amongst others. 

Whether you’re an Artist, collector or a fan, the weekend was well worth attending and truly inspiring to everyone there.  A weekend where you were surrounded by some the best artists in the country, both past and present and the energy was something you can’t describe.  Kings Avenue is extremely humbled and grateful for the opportunity to have hosted this event and would like to thank everyone who had a part in organizing the event. We`re looking forward to the possibility of another event like this. 

To see the full lecture please visit Mike Rubendall’s Youtube page (Link Below).

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"Pictures of the Gone World" begins on Friday

Posted by Emily Ruane & AJ on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 04:10 PM


We're two days out from Ed Hardy's visit to Kings Avenue.  Even if you weren't able to get a ticket to one of Ed's talks, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet him, see his work​, and learn about the history of tattooing in New York City. ​Our Bowery shop ​will be open during regular hours all weekend.  (12-​9 on Friday, 1-9 on Saturday, and 1-7 on Sunday.)  Ed's artwork—everything from his 1950s "kiddie flash" to paintings he finished in Honolulu just a couple months ago—will be on display the whole time.  This incredible, never-before-exhibited body of work will be open to the public, and admission is totally free​.  ​We really hope you can come down and take a look. Here's a series of paintings from 1995:​



Ed himself will be at the shop on Friday from 4-7pm, Selling and signing copies of "'​Lew the Jew'​ Alberts: Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings" , the most recent Hardy Marks release.  It's beautiful large-format archive of rare, precious flash drawn by Albert Kurzman (better know to his contemporaries as Lew Alberts or Lew the Jew.) Here he is outside Charlie Wagner's shop:



Lew grew up in Newark, NJ, and worked on the Bowery during the early decades of the 20th century, and was one of the first artists to make and use the electric tattoo machine, in addition to marketing and selling ready-made flash.  It's this flash that's featured in the book, sprinkled with notes to his friends and correspondents, CJ Eddy and Brooklyn Joe Lieber. 

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Ed will be accompanied at the book signing by Michael McCabe, who wrote the amazing "New York City Tattoo: Oral History of an Urban Art", which Hardy Marks released in 1997, and Ruth Marten, an artist and illustrator who tattooed here in New York during the 70s. 

We're also going to be hosting several artists from Tattoo City, including Mary Joy and Doug Hardy, who will be tattooing walk-ins using Ed's Kiddie flash: 



Can you believe this stuff?  The originals of these drawings will be on display at the shop all weekend!  These have never been shown publicly before.  The show is going to be a really historic one, and there is so much to see and learn.  We hope you can come down. 


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