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@americanatattoos Instagram Takeover

Snapshots from the Fineline Tattoo Instagram takeover of @americanatattoos by Mehai Bakaty. You can view with entire takeover by searching on the hashtag #mehaibakatytakeover.

Mike Bakaty established Fineline in 1976, when tattooing was illegal in NYC. This is one of Mike's first ads/business cards for his underground shop.

Mike Bakaty established Fineline in 1976, when tattooing was illegal in NYC. This is one of Mike’s first ads/business cards for his underground shop.

 

Mike Bakaty in his shop at 295 Bowery, Lower East Side. Photo is from the late 1970s.

Mike Bakaty in his shop at 295 Bowery, Lower East Side. Photo is from the late 1970s.

 

Mike Bakaty's work station at 295 Bowery.

Mike Bakaty’s work station at 295 Bowery.

 

Mike Bakaty with Paul Rogers. Rogers is a major figure in American tattooing history through his machine building and design.

Mike Bakaty with Paul Rogers. Rogers is a major figure in American tattooing history through his machine building and design.

 

Shotsie Gorman being fitted for an upper arm sleeve.

Shotsie Gorman being fitted for an upper arm sleeve.

 

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Some New York walk-in street shop action around 1999. Girl's first tattoo.

Some New York walk-in street shop action around 1999. Girl’s first tattoo.

 

Mehai Bakaty with James Gandolfini.

Mehai Bakaty with James Gandolfini.

 

Mehai Bakaty tattooing Drea de Matteo.

Mehai Bakaty tattooing Drea de Matteo.

 

Downtime shop shenanigans. Joe Manutti tattooing Bill the Butcher on Angelo Saracina.

Downtime shop shenanigans. Joe Manutti tattooing Bill the Butcher on Angelo Saracina.