This article first appeared in”Bakaty’s World” by Mike Bakaty in the July 2007 issue of Skin & Ink.
For a guy who has trouble putting words together in the course of a normal conversation, this writing stuff don’t come easy. I guess I’m not a natural born yacker, like some people I know. You tell ’em, “Hey,” and you get a half hour discourse about whatever.
This article first appeared in”Bakaty’s World” by Mike Bakaty in the June 2007 issue of Skin & Ink.
I’m down here at First and First in Manhattan’s East Village and here I sit, trying to figure out the difference between an Ionic column, a Doric column and a magazine column, and realize that it all ties to history and to change.
This article first appeared in”Bakaty’s World” by Mike Bakaty in the August 2007 issue of Skin & Ink.
When the phone rang a few months back, I picked it up and couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was Bob Baxter asking if I would be interested in writing a column for Skin & Ink. He wanted me to do an East Coast slant. I must say I was kind of stunned. I don’t consider myself a “word” man, per se. I found it curious that anyone else might.
Snapshots from the Fineline Tattoo Instagram takeover of @americanatattoos by Mehai Bakaty. You can view with entire takeover by searching on the hashtag #mehaibakatytakeover.
Last summer, sometime around July If I remember correctly, this film crew out of Canada comes into the shop saying they were filming a series of interviews on the origins of COOL. So I says, well, if you’re looking for “where cool came from” that guy right there (pointing at my dad) is the right place to start.
Here is the last video interview with my father, Mike Bakaty.
I miss you every day POP.
Where Cool Came From: Dark Days in NYC
Mike Bakaty talks about what it was like to tattoo in the New York City when it was illegal.
Dark Days in NYC: Webisode
Dark Days in NYC: Article
Poster designed by Gothic Hangman Studios.
In memory of tattoo legend and Lower East Side Homesteader, Mike Bakaty.
From 1974 to 1995, the Village Voice printed Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, a documentary-style comic strip based on the overheard conversations of the colorful, creative, and diverse inhabitants of New York.
In “Indelible Impressions”, Renate and Tom are introduced by Mike via photos of their tattoos. This story takes place in the mid-1980s, when Mike was working from his studio on the Bowery.
Re-published with the kind permission of Stan Mack.