Legendary Tattooer To Visit New York City

Posted by Emily Ruane & AJ on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 07:01 PM

       We are honored and humbled to host the legendary tattooer and artist Ed Hardy for an unprecedented 3-day event.  Hardy, renowned for his genre changing, globally influenced tattoo designs, announced that he will host “Pictures of the Gone World,” taking place May 15th, 16th & 17th at Kings Avenue Tattoo.  The event will consist of a three-day exhibition of Hardy’s most recent artwork, accompanied by the release of a New York- centric tattoo history book and a series of talks covering his influential, six-decade career. “Ed is a pioneer of tattooing, and we are making history with this event,” says Kings Avenue owner Mike Rubendall.  

Hardy will present a collection of his current and past artwork, consisting of mixed-media paintings that incorporate American an Japanese tattoo motifs, and “kiddie flash” – traditional maritime-inspired designs that he drew as a tattoo-obsessed child in the late 1950s, rendered with colored pencil on looseleaf notebook paper-which has never been publicly exhibited. 


The event marks the release of the Lew The Jew Alberts: Early 20th Century Tattoo Drawings, a compilation of designs attributed to Lew Alberts, a Newark, NJ native who tattooed under the famed Bowery-based artist Charlie Wagner. It’s the most recent title from Hardy Marks, the publishing imprint that Hardy co-founded in 1982, specializing in tattoo history and alternative art.  A limited number of books will be available for purchase at Kings Avenue, and Hardy will be signing copies on May 15th.

Hardy will also stage two talks.  On May 16th, he will discuss his storied career as an artist and tattooer, and his efforts to document the sprawling and often ephemeral historical evidence of his craft.   On May 17th, historian and author Michael McCabe and the artist and former tattooer Ruth Marten will join him in a discussion of New York City’s colorful, checkered, century-long history as a locus of Western tattooing. 

Kings Avenue’s staff of in-house artists will be tattooing throughout the weekend, in addition to artists visiting from Tattoo City, the shop founded by Hardy in 1977.  In a break from their usual practice of customized, large format designs, the artists will tattoo American-style flash designed by Hardy during the early years of his career. 







Kings Avenue

188 Bowery, Floor 2

New York, NY 10012


 Friday May 15th

-12 – 9pm: Installation open to the public (free)

- 4 – 7pm: Reception and book signing with Ed Hardy, Michael McCabe and Ruth Marten (free)

 Saturday May 16th

 - 10am – 12pm: “Split Personality” :Ed Hardy to discuss 60-year career as a tattooer and an artist, followed by Q and A (ticketed)

- 1pm - 9pm: Exhibition open to public (free)

Sunday May 17th

- 10am – 12pm: “(TK)” : Ed Hardy to discuss history of New York City tattoo culture with historian/author Michael McCabe and artist Ruth Marten, followed by Q and A (ticketed)

- 1pm – 7pm: Exhibition open to public (free)

In The Months To Come...

Posted by AJ & Dylan on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @ 08:03 PM

First and foremost, we`d like to thank Inked Magazine for naming Kings Avenue one of the Top 5 tattoo studios in New York.  As always we appreciate the recognition and thank all of our clients for helping to make Kings Ave one of the top studios to get tattooed in.

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Starting in April, Kings Avenue Tattoo welcomes Justin Essing to the team. Essing will be tattooing exclusively out of the Massapequa, LI studio but feel free to stop into either location to set up an appointment with him.

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For our Norwegian readers, Grez and Chuck D. will be heading your way to work with our buddies over at Blue Arms Tattoo in Oslo 5/5 – 5/9.

We also have quite a few guest artist lined up for the upcoming months. Starting with Nate Fierro of High Voltage Tattoo next week, the talent keeps coming.  Zoio of Planet Tattoo in Brazil will be with us the following week.  Then back by popular demand, Melissa Baker and Lucky Matthews will be tattooing in NYC.  Jason Brooks, Jebb Riley, Kim Anh, Johan Svahn, Max Ireland, Xam and Dani Queipo round out the following months.  Stay tuned for summer guest artists but right now Bryan Kachel and Chris MacDonald will be in the house. 

Lastly and certainly not least…  We are absolutely honored to have Don Ed Hardy in our Manhattan location May 15th-17.  Full details to be released soon, but this will undoubtedly be an event you do not want to miss!


Kings Ave In The News

Posted by Kings Avenue Tattoo (AJ & Dylan) on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

We`re excited to announce that Kings Avenue Tattoo and its artists have recently been featured in a number of platforms.

Tune into Season 5 of Ink Masters on Spike TV Tuesday December 2nd to check out Kings  Avenue Guest Judges Mike Rubendall and Rose Hardy. This is Mike’s second round as a guest judge and this time he’s accompanied by the lovely and talented Rose Hardy. http://www.spike.com/video-clips/w90s39/ink-master-elimination-tattoo-preview-grim-reapers-part-i


CBS Philly has featured Kings Avenue Tattoo as one of the best tattoo shops in New York City. “Passionate and professional, the Kings Avenue Tattoo staff is as attentive and patient as it is  creative. An extensive array of portfolios are available to flip through while you wait, although most patrons say they are seen quickly even without an appointment. Artists include New Zealand legend Rose Hardy and fan favorite Phil Szlosek.”


HEY! Magazine issue #19 Modern Art & Pop Culture (France) recently interviewed Mike Rubendall to go along with a 12-page spread of Mike’s artwork. The magazine features a wide variety of artwork from some of the top artists around the world.


Rubendall was also featured as a part of InsideHook “A Guide to NYC Ink” http://www.insidehook.com/a-guide-to-nyc-ink/slide-s0qrdbkp

Needles, Sins and Instagram

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


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. 



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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

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Mike Rubendall, Instagram, Zac Scheinbaum, Huffingtonpost, Needlesand&Sins

Summer Ends and Fall Begins at Kings Avenue Tattoo

Posted by AJ Garavuso on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 07:56 PM

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Summer is coming to an end and we are rolling into the fall season here at Kings Avenue Tattoo.  If you missed this year`s Pagoda City Tattoo convention, you missed out on a great time loaded with talent.  Keep an eye for the 2nd annual dates and be sure to mark it on your calendar for next year! 

New merchandise and prints by Mike Rubendall, Matt Beckerich, Shaun Nel, Frankie Caraccioli, Justin Weatherholtz, Rose Hardy and Grez are available in both locations and online.  If you’re looking for something specific from one of the artists and do not see it on our web store, feel free to email us at Kingsavetattoo@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to find out the easiest way to get your hands on what it is you’re looking for. 

Mike Rubendall will be attending the Montreal Art and Tattoo convention this weekend and Mike, Justin, Matt Beckerich and Rose Hardy will all be crossing the pond for this year`s London Tattoo Convention.  Upon their return, Mike Rubendall will be heading to the West Coast for this years SFO convention. 

Lastly, we are very happy to announce that Zac Scheinbaum will be joining the Kings Avenue Team starting September 10th.  For appointments or availability contact either studio.  Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you in the shop!

Tags: Mike Rubendall, justin weatherholtz, matt beckerich, kingsavetattoo, frankie caraccioli, Rose Hardy, london tattoo convention

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

Kings Avenue Tattoo Coming to You Cont...

Posted by John Foscante on Tue, Jun 03, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Justin Weatherholtz                                          Matt Beckerich

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Matt Beckerich and Matt “Skinny” Bagwell will be heading back to North Carolina to represent the Kings Avenue Team for the first annual Asheville Tattoo and Piercing Expo held at the Crowne Plaza June 19th – 22nd.  

After Asheville, Matt and Skinny will be joining the rest of the Kings Avenue Team in Wyomissing, PA for the Pagoda City Tattoo Festival.  This convention will be held August 8th, 9th and 10th and is presented by our own Justin Weatherholtz and Wizard’s World’s Joe Johns.  For more information on P.C.T.F. check out www.needlesandsins.com May 28th write up and interview with Justin. 

If were not coming to you maybe one of your favorite artists are coming to Kings Avenue Tattoo.  Dates are set for Dillon Forte, Brett Schwindt, Aaron Hodges, Melissa Baker, Lucky Matthews and back from Japan MITOMO HORIHIRO.  We are also in the process of scheduling dates for Chris Paez of The Dolorosa Tattoo Company. We’ll keep you posted, as new dates are set.  

Tags: Tattoo, guest artist, skull, justin weatherholtz, skull tattoo, matt beckerich, tattoos, kingsavetattoo, matt "skinny" bagwell, custom tattoos, skulls, wizard, flapper

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.  

Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Mike Rubendall, matt beckerich, Queen Mary tattoo convention

Things Happening at Kings Ave Tattoo

Posted by John Foscante on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

The Kings Avenue family welcomes Rose Hardy to the team starting this April.  Booking with Rose has begun and she will be working in both locations.  Over the next few months, dates have been set for guest spots featuring: Cheyenne Sawyer, Kim Anh-Nguyen, Teide, Dillion Forte, Brett Schwindt and Aaron Hodges.  Last, but never least, Brian Paul is back in the Kings Avenue NYC location for a limited time.  
For info email us at kingsavetattoo@gmail.com
or call L.I.- 516-799-5464
N.Y.C- 212-431-5464 

Kings Ave Tattoo

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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 tiger tattoo 
Grez sabor tooth tiger tattoo 
Grez owl tattoo 

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

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

Matt Bagwell ghost ship
Matt (Skinny) Bagwell bkack and grey rose tattoo

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

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 


Tags: kings avenue tattoo, Grez, justin weatherholtz, matt beckerich, nyc tattoo, frankie caraccioli, shaun nel, matt "skinny" bagwell, Rose Hardy, Phil Szlosek

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