Featured NYC Artists
Here are some of the best NYC tattoo artists and shops according to our research. If you think we should add anyone to the list or if you see anything that should be edited, contact us by clicking here
Angela De Rosette
Tattoo Styles: Realism, Watercolor, Abstract, Portrait, Color, B&G
Gypsy Drew Linden
Diego V. Mannino
Red Baron Ink Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: Red Baron Ink Tattoo is like the speakeasy of tattoo shops in New York City, its intimate and hidden. Each person that has come to our shop feels like they’re hanging out at a friend’s house. However, the execution and precision of their pieces is found in select few professional shops throughout the world; Red Baron Ink is one of them.
Tattoo Styles: Watercolor, Abstract
*Amanda’s books are currently closed.
Tattoo Styles: Realism, Portrait, Japanese, Cover-ups, Custom
Britney Goodman – Brooklyn, New York
While it is very important to find a tattoo artist that you feel can do a great job on your design, you also want to make sure that you end up in a shop you feel comfortable in. We highly recommend taking a look around the web for three or four shops that you like and then visiting them to know for sure which one is best for you. Taking those extra steps really can be the difference between ending up with an okay tattoo and ending up with exactly what you wanted.
One example of a highly respected tattoo shop in NYC is Red Baron Ink. They’ve been around for years now and they have a great roster of artists with a wide range of styles. This is one of those shops that will work for most people because it is a large, clean shop and they are known for having excellent customer service. They also happen to be one of the highest-rated piercing businesses in the New York area.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of people want to show their pride in being New Yorkers by getting NYC-inspired designs. Below are just some of the many excellent New York tattoo ideas that you could use if you want to show your love for the city.
The Statue of Liberty tattoo is quite popular right now, especially because black and grey tattoos are very in at the moment. These are usually quite large designs, often included in sleeves or in larger back tattoos, but they can also be shrunken down to fit just about anywhere on the body. This is a very popular tattoo in New York, but you will also see plenty of people outside of the city and state getting them to symbolize freedom.
You’ll also see quite a few people getting the Empire State Building and other famous buildings included in their New York City tattoos. The Empire State Building has long been seen as a symbol of people’s ability to achieve the impossible, so it’s not surprising that it is included in so many New York-related designs.
A great way to show that New York is a very important part of your life is to get a skyline tattoo in the form of an EKG reading. This a is a great option for folks who do not want to get a large New York design but still want to show off the city’s wonderful (and famous) skyline.
The story of New York city starts with Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524. He was a European explorer from Italy and is the guy you have to first talk about when discussing the history of NYC. This will lead us to the first European settlement which started in 1609 by the Dutch.
The British authority in NYC was destroyed by the Sons of Liberty. In addition, the Stamp Act Congress of representatives that came from the original Thirteen Colonies congregated in the city to talk about the British policy resistance in 1776. Because of the city’s status as a major seaport and its strategic placement, it was a high priority target in 1776 for Britain. At this time, a General George Washington had lost numerous battles and barely evaded enemy forces. New York City was under control of the British Army and in this time of control they had turned NYC into their home base. This was the case until 1783 and it was a place for Loyalist detractors to escape to. New York City was the capital of the nation from 1785 to 1789 under the Articles of Confederation. It also served as the new capital of the nation under the United States Constitution from 1789 to 1790.
When the new government was installed, there were some big changes. The United States Bill of Rights was drafted, the first Supreme Court of the United State was put in place and George Washington was declared the first President of the United States. When the Erie Canal was opened, New York City became the distinguished port on the Atlantic Ocean because of the ability to reach lower New England, fantastic connections with the Great Lakes and upstate New York. It’s role as the great city that it is was strengthened by rail connections to the west and north in the 1840’s and 50’s.
Many immigrants started arriving in NYC during the mid-18th century from Europe. What this did was drastically changed the structure of the city made NYC crucial in escalating industry. The New York City we know today can be likened to the joining together of the five boroughs in 1898. In addition, following World War II and the Great Depression, there was a building and economic boom. New York City has long been known as the most important hubs of immigrant arrival. It’s also the United States’ most significant urban area.
Native American Settlement
Before New York City became the hub of the world that it is today, Native Americans were prevalent in the area. To be specific, the Lenape people were the first to inhabit the area we now know as New York City. These Native Americans were linguistically and culturally identical and generally spoke some type of Algonquian language which is now referred to as Unami. The Lenape people were dubbed by the Unami area they lived in by the European settlers. For example, the Lenape who lived in Staten Island were named the “Raritan”, the “Hackensack in across the Hudson from Lower Manhattan in New Jersey and the “Canarsee” in Brooklyn. The people along the eastern part of Long Island were linguistically and culturally more similar to the New England Mohegan-Pequot people. The spoke Mohegan-Montauk-Narragansett.
The numerous waterways in the New York City area were used by the indigenous people for trade, fishing, hunting trips and sometimes war. Lenape names have stuck since those times like Canarsie and Raritan Bay. The Lenape people had created unique and sophisticated ways of managing their resources and hunting. The Lenape were cultivation processes like using slash and burn techniques to extend the life of their planted fields by the time the Europeans arrived. They also used the bay to harvest and large quantities of shellfish and fish. By the time the Europeans settled in the New York City area, there were around 80 settlements of Lenape and an approximate total of 5000 people.
European Settlement Information
As stated above, Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first European explorer in NYC. He was an Italian man who commanded the La Dauphine which was a French ship in 1524. It is said that da Verrazzano first sailed into Upper New York Bay and this is where he ran into the indigenous Lenape. He came back through the Narrows and anchored on the eve of April when he left to continue his exploration. In honor of Francis I who was the king of France, the area was dubbed Nouvelle-Angouleme (New Angouleme) by da Verrazzano.
On September 2, 1609, European exploration continued when Henry Hudson, an Englishman) sailed through the Narrows in the Half Moon under the employment of the Dutch East India Company. Just as Christopher Columbus, Hudson was on the search for westerly passage to Asia. While he wasn’t able to find that, he did find a large population of beavers. At the time, beaver pelts were the hot item in fashion in Europe and this created a thriving business. The report on the regional beaver population by Hudson was the start of the founding Dutch trading colonies in the area. The importance of the beaver in New York City’s history is can’t be argued as it is used as the official seal of the city.
With the founding of a Lower Manhattan Dutch fur trading post, European settlement began during the years of 1624 and 1625. Not long after, the construction of Fort Amsterdam started, and this was most likely in 1626. Later on, African slaves were imported as slaves by the Dutch West Indies Company and they helped to build the wall that would later defend against the Indian and English attacks. Willem Kieft was named the director of this town but in 1643, there was a war against the Native Americans. It was called the Pavonia Massacre which was in present day Jersey City. During that war, over 80 Natives were killed.
This is just a brief history of the wonderful city we all know as New York City.
New York City is a melting pot of different people, attitudes, and styles. It’s a place where people strive for originality and authenticity. Getting a tattoo is the perfect way to stand out from the crowd and let others know what you stand for. What better place to go to tattoo parlours than in the city where the American style tattoo was created. Chatham Square, in NYC, is the place where it all started and is still home to some very popular tattoo studios.
If you’ve had bad experiences getting tattoos or you’re not fond of what you currently have, you have options. There are laser removal businesses and you can even get a cover-up from your tattoo artist. The point is, NYC is home to some of brightest and best minds when it comes to tattoo art. If you’re looking for the perfect piece of body art, you can’t go wrong when you’re in the Big Apple.
Hours vary and some may be open 24 hours. Check our listings for tattoo artists that serve the NYC area.