Friday The 13th Tattoos

Some believe the origins of Friday the 13th lie not with Hollywood horror movies but with Masonic history. In 1307, the king of France dissolved the Order of Knights Templar and arrested many of its members, including the Grand Master, Jacques de Molay. De Molay was tortured and eventually burned at the stake in front of Notre Dame.

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Where Cool Came From: Dark Days in NYC

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.

–Mehai Bakaty

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

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Billy Glenn


I was sad to hear the news of Billy Glenn’s passing at the tender age of 89ish. Billy came to our shop as a visitor, became a customer and ended up a sort of member of our extended

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Party in Memoriam for Mike Bakaty

Poster designed by Gothic Hangman Studios.


In memory of tattoo legend and Lower East Side Homesteader, Mike Bakaty.

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Memorial Tattoo: “Sound Waves”

“Sound Waves” by Mehai Bakaty appears in 6 Cliché-Free Memorial Tattoos, an article featuring tattoos that go beyond just “R.I.P” in remembering a loved one . This tattoo was for someone whose mother died of breast cancer. The design is a visual representation of the mother saying “hi” in a telephone recording.

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Mike Bakaty in Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies

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.



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