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These days, the words “Brooklyn” and “tattoo” are almost co-significant, a too-obvious cliché along the lines of beards, craft cocktails, artisanal food, and DIY music. But Brooklyn’s tattoo history is a long one that was both vibrant and creative well before Brooklyn became famous for being Brooklyn. Yet today especially, tattooing partially defines this place. And over the last 20 years, as Brooklyn has roared through the world as an international brand, it has...
“You couldn’t have made up this mule farmer,” writer Margaret Eby says over drinks at King Tai, a Crown Heights bar that serves piña coladas on the rocks. She’s talking about the cousin of Harry Crews, the cult-favorite Georgia novelist whose 1978 memoir, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, Eby had set out to trace through his home of Bacon County, Georgia. “I actually sketched out a map,” she says. “I knew about...
If wandering eyes are any indication the rest of the world is looking at your tattooed skin (we’re assuming you have at least one?), then maybe inquiring oglers have noticed—myself included—that stick 'n' poke tattoos are kind of having a moment. What are at best simple, black (or faded to a deep blue), crude designs and at worst muddled, errant squiggles suddenly seem to be less fringe and more everywhere-you-never-thought-you’d-see-them: the cast of Girls,...
We've made our policy on free (or very cheap) tattoos clear. (Pretty much, it's something that you should probably pay for, unless you hapterpen to be pals with a tattoo artist who's feeling generous.) But if you have a hankering to get inked, a military ID, and the day off, the good folks at Bushwick's Morning Star tattoo are offering a selection of tattoos for $25 for you. Thanks, veterans! Let's permanently inscribe a...

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