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NYC’s Oldest Tattoo Shop Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Celebrating 40 years of tattooing in the Lower East Side.

Fineline was founded by Mike Bakaty in 1976 when tattooing was still illegal in New York City. Up until 1997, Mike operated out of the infamous McGurk’s Suicide Hall at 295 Bowery.

The shop is currently owned and operated by Mike’s son, Mehai Bakaty.

All photos by Hugh Burckhardt.

fineline tattoo nyc banner featuring Charlie the cat.

The cat in the Fineline banner is Mehai Bakaty’s cat Charlie, who was 18 years old when he passed. That’s pretty impressive for a cat.

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