New York City Tattoos

New York City tattoos are always a pleasure to do.  Over the years I've had the privilege of doing several of them.  Just this week I got to do a very interesting looking NYC design from the 1930's.  Although the piece wasn't a custom NYARTMAN design I thought it would be very appropriate to create a page specifically showcasing New York tattoos that I've gotten to tattoo over the years.  This list is far from being complete; unfortunately, I've left some of my client's work out due to my poor record keeping.  If you've gotten a NYC related tattoo from me in the past please email a picture of it to me and I will add it to this page.  I'm looking forward to seeing how the work on this page grows and develops.

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New York City Tattoo Shops

New York City tattoo shops are a dime a dozen. Spend ten minutes walking in Gotham City and you'll stumble across one. Amazingly every one of them is the “Best tattoo shop in NYC” with the “Best tattoo artist”! Just ask them or visit their website and they'll tell you so themselves. But don't be fooled by these self proclaimed virtuosos. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you are dealing with a top notch, experienced, professional tattoo artist.


The very first thing you should be looking for is a current tattooing license. It should be clearly displayed and not tucked away in a file cabinet. If you don't see it ,ask to see it, they should be more than happy to show it to you. In New York City every tattooist has to have their own tattooing license, a shop license does not cover every tattooist in the shop, it would cover only the person whose name is on the license. This may seem a bit trivial and it obviously has nothing to do with the tattooist's artistic skills; however, obtaining a New York City tattooing license is no joke. All licensed New York City tattooist have to prove proficiency in infection control, utilization of universal precautions as recommended by the federal centers for disease control and prevention and proper methods of waste disposal. You can get a better understanding of what licensed New York City tattooists have to know by visiting the CDC's website and reading through their NIOSH Safety and Health Topics. Do not trust your health to an unlicensed tattooist no matter how inexpensive their work is or how nice their portfolio looks.


After you have determined that you are in fact dealing with a legitimate licensed tattoo artist then check out how sanitary the shop and their work station is. Once again they should be happy to give you a tour of the shop, show you the work stations and their autoclave. You should not feel in the least bit uncomfortable in asking and any respectable studio should be very understanding of your concerns. Also ask to see the needles that they use. They should be individually packaged and show the date that they were sterilized. The tabletops, tattooing furniture and floors should be non porous and free from ink and grime. Basically the place should be spotless. Just like with restaurants check their restrooms, if they take the time to make sure their restroom is clean then they probably do at least as good of a job with their work stations. No mater how great the tattooist is or how great of a bargain they are going to give you, if they are not licensed and the studio isn't completely sanitary... forget about it!


Once the two previous steps have been taken and you are still interested then look at the artist's portfolio. A skilled professional tattoo artist will have nothing to hide. The photos in their portfolio will be large and clear. The body of their work from the line work to the coloring should be clean and precise. While each piece in the tattooist's portfolio may not be the same stylistically, they should be consistent technically. Check to see what their previous customers have to say about them. Do they have client testimonials in their portfolio? NYARTMAN does and even more than one, check them out!


Of course you will save yourself a lot of grief if you simply deal with the one and only world famous, inkslinging superhero NYARTMAN.  If; however, you have some warped and unrefinded taste in art and find NYARTMAN's masterful work not your particular cup of tea then follow these simple steps to insure you are at least dealing with a professional. Moreover if, for whatever reason, you don't follow this advice and end up with a tattoo that you're not totally pleased with (and everybody laughs at)... don't worry he does awesome cover-up tattoos, after all NYARTMAN is the Best Tattoo Artist in New York City!!! I mean it, he's the best I tell you!  Learn it!  Gawh!

A Focused Determination

Finally the last of the mighty IE7 bugs were destroyed.  I NYARTMAN was victorious.  It wasn't easy, no, but in the end I buried a metal slug in the IE7 browser's head.  It was a beautiful thing.  Now that I am free from it's evil clutches, my full creative faculties are once again focused on stitching kick ass illustrations into the hides of humanity.

There are a few projects that I'm so excited to finish. One is this crazy griffin back piece.  There's also an insane dragon piece that starts on this guy's back and winds up on his chest.  Hercules' Hydra tattoo by Jeremy GarrettActually there are two projects in the works that fit that description but one is specifically a hydra, the nine headed dragon from Greek mythology.  As a matter of fact you can get a sneak preview by checking out Hercules' photo documentary of the tattoo on his website.

By the way, if you happen to notice any broken links or typo's on please send me an email stating the problem and where you found it.  Feedback is always appreciated.

The new

Hey everyone, and welcome to the new and improved I had a wonderful year and got to work on some very cool tattoo projects. I ,NYARTMAN, Ink Slinging Genius, want to thank all of my righteous clients and supporters for your gracious patronage and the gifts of your first born. On December 24th I released the newly redesigned website to the public. Many new features have been added and navigation of the site is more intuitive. The site is working perfectly except for a couple of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser issues. By the way, NYARTMAN supports the Firefox Internet browser and hopes you will too!


The new functionality of the site makes it easier for me to spout my genius all over you... and I will! So, visit often to see awesome new works posted, my rants and words of glorious wisdom. LOOK OUT, it's all coming your way! Several interactive features have been added, especially in the gallery and more are in the works. A new online shop is on the way where you can order your official NYARTMAN t-shirts and patches directly from the tattooing wizard himself.


You can rest easier at night knowing that NYARTMAN will be focusing his tremendous brain power on making the big 2010 year even better... of course not without the support of you!... my very good looking fans. I appreciate all of you who have linked on your websites and social networking sites, it really helps a great deal. I hope you are all blessed with a healthy and happy 2010 and I look forward to sticking as many of you as I can!


Love always,