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Famed East Village Tattoo Artist Jonathan Shaw Had Arsenal of Weapons, DA Says

By Heather Grossmann | November 8, 2010 3:34pm | Updated on November 9, 2010 6:25am
Jonathan Shaw, 57, at right, shown here with lawyer Brian Pakett, outside Manhattan Criminal Court, was charged Monday on more than 100 counts of criminal possession of a weapon and ammunition.
Jonathan Shaw, 57, at right, shown here with lawyer Brian Pakett, outside Manhattan Criminal Court, was charged Monday on more than 100 counts of criminal possession of a weapon and ammunition.
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By Heather Grossmann and Olivia Scheck

DNAinfo Staff

MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — A tattoo artist to the stars was arraigned Monday on more than 100 weapons charges after a moving company allegedly spotted a huge cache of weapons in his Manhattan Mini Storage space, according to a criminal complaint.

Jonathan Shaw, 57, was charged Monday on more than 100 counts of criminal possession of a weapon and ammunition, the complaint said. A loaded AK-47, a pump-action shotgun and various other rifles and handguns were found among his things, according to the document.

Shaw, a tattoo artist who is reportedly the son of legendary musician Artie Shaw, had hired a moving company to help him transport his things from Manhattan to his new home in Los Angeles. That company sub-contracted "First Global Express" to help ship his things from a storage locker in Manhattan Mini Storage at 220 South St., according to the complaint.

A tattoo artist works on Joanne Van Vranken's forearm at her East Village tattoo parlor in New York, Monday, June 11, 2007 at Fun City Tattoo.
A tattoo artist works on Joanne Van Vranken's forearm at her East Village tattoo parlor in New York, Monday, June 11, 2007 at Fun City Tattoo.
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Workers at First Global Express loaded Shaw's items into a truck and brought them uptown to their offices at 483 10th Ave. While moving one of Shaw's suitcases, a worker found several boxes of ammunition, as well as the butt and muzzle of two rifles, the complaint said. Another black duffel bag revealed several more guns.

Police were called to the scene, where they also recovered an AK-47 assault weapon loaded with 31 rounds of ammunition, five handguns, a 12 gauge pump-action pistol-grip shotgun and a loaded .30 caliber rifle. They also found a loaded British military rifle and an air rifle, as well as 96 knives, five sets of metal knuckles and close to 3,000 rounds of various types of ammunition, the complaint said.

Shaw operates Fun City Tattoo on St. Mark's Place off of First Avenue, where he's reportedly had customers including Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson and Kate Moss.

He was picked up by police at the Roger Williams hotel in Midtown, the New York Post reported.

He faces 118 counts of various weapons and ammunition possession charges.

Once Shaw turns in his passport, he will be able to post bail, which was set at a $250,000 bond or $150,000 cash, according to a court source.