About Fineline

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Home page exterior and black and white shop images used with permission by Sally Davies

 

NYC’s OLDEST TATTOO SHOP

OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE BAKATY FAMILY SINCE 1976

Born in the midst of the underground atmosphere of New York City’s ban on tattooing (which existed from the early 1960s until the late 1990s), Fineline Tattoo NYC worked to establish itself from 1976 on as one of the very few underground / illegal / appointment-only tattoo parlors that offered professionalism in artistry, craftsmanship, and hygiene.

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Mike Bakaty at his original studio on the Bowery at McGurk’s Suicide Hall

Fineline was originally operated out of a private loft, on the infamous Bowery in the heart of the East Village, until 1997 when the city finally lifted the 30 year ban on tattooing. Fineline Tattoo NYC was relocated to the First Avenue storefront where it continues to thrive to this day. Gone is the paranoia and stigma of operating an illegal business, but still intact is the friendly atmosphere and professionalism that the legions of loyal customers have come to expect from Fineline over the years.

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Fineline moved to its current location at 21 First Ave after the ban on tattooing in NYC was lifted in 1997.

Amidst the trend towards boutique and attitude-heavy parlors, Fineline is a welcome throwback to the old school, no-nonsense street shops of days gone by. Come on down and see why Fineline has been the go-to shop for those in the know on the Lower East Side for nearly 40 years now.

ARTISTS
Mehai Bakaty
Angelo Saracina
Joe Manutti
Dale Schmitt
Daniel Orellana
Mike Bakaty

SHOP INFO
Location and hours