NYC’s 300-Year History of Tattooing Finally Gets Its Due

Publisher: 
Vice
Date: 
February 2, 2017
In 1961, spurred by the threat of Hepatitis C, New York City passed a law that made tattooing illegal. This ban would remain in effect for the next 36 years, until 1997. It created a burgeoning underground tattoo culture and distinctive New York City style that yielded NYC its rightful designation as the birthplace of the modern tattoo. An emboldened, outsider narrative of renegade ink artists is detailed in Tattooed New York, a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society that explores the history of tattoos in New York, from the Iroquois to the thriving state of contemporary tattoo culture. Read more…
Creative: Tronvig Group