What you'll do
We will meet at Daredevil Tattoo for a private viewing of the collection that includes artwork and machines from some of the earliest and most influential tattooers over the last 100 years. We will then walk through the Lower East Side and Chinatown discussing the rich immigrant history of the area and the notorious slum and gangland it became. We will walk through Chatham Square and up the Bowery where the first electric tattoo machine was invented and where the old time Bowery tattooers worked until tattooing was banned in 1961. Afterwards there's plenty of places to pick from for a Chinatown dim sum lunch (not included in the tour , there's also a vegan dim sum parlor around the corner).
Michelle is a tattoo artist and licensed NYC tour guide. She started tattooing on the Lower East Side in 1991 when tattooing was still illegal in NYC. In 1997 she opened Daredevil Tattoo with business partner Brad Fink who's collection of antique tattoo memorabilia is on permanent display as part of their tattoo shop. Michelle has researched and studied NYC's tattoo history and sees it as an important part of the history of their neighborhood that served as the gateway for NYC's immigrant past.
About the organisation
Walk Through NYC's Tattoo History
Daredevil Tattoo launched NYC Tattoo History which is a registered 501c3 non profit. Our mission is to preserve and share tattoo history with an emphasis on the history of tattooing in NYC, centered around the collection of antique tattoo memorabilia on permanent display at Daredevil Tattoo.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Walk Through NYC's Tattoo History.
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Where you'll be
We'll meet at Daredevil Tattoo, a working tattoo shop that houses one of the most significant collections of tattoo memorabilia in the world. We will walk through the Lower East Side and Chinatown close to the notorious Five Points with a significant Gangs of New York landmark along the way.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 13 and up can attend. Keep and eye on the weather! It's winter and NYC weather can go either way this time of year. Make sure you bundle up if it's cold, it can get windy on the city streets (hat, gloves, scarf, coat etc). And if…
The tattoo shop opens for business at noon. Artist are available for walk ins if you would like to get tattooed after the tour (not included in the tour) Michelle tattoos by appointment only.
Walk Through NYC Tattoo History