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LES Tattoo Parlor Wants to Open City's First Ink Museum

By Lisha Arino | June 11, 2015 7:51am
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LOWER EAST SIDE — A local tattoo shop wants to open the city’s first ink museum.

Brad Fink and Michelle Myles, the owners of Daredevil Tattoo at 141 Division St., recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help open the NYC Museum of Tattoo History inside the shop.

“New York City is really the birthplace for modern tattooing,” said Myles, who has been researching its history in the city. “We just wanted to pay tribute to that.”

The owners plan to showcase pieces from the collection of tattoo memorabilia and artifacts Fink has amassed over the past 28 years, Myles said.

A few framed photos and tattoo sheets are currently on display at Daredevil Tattoo, she said, but the owners would like to purchase more display cases so they can exhibit the rest of Fink’s collection, including antique tattooing machines.

So far, the owners have raised more than $600 of their $30,000 goal, according to their Kickstarter page which was first reported by Bowery Boogie. In addition to the display cases, the money will also go towards repairs for the building’s façade, signage out front and a crushed penny machine, according to the crowdfunding site.

Tattoo aficionados and curious visitors can also get a sense of the collection by checking out Daredevil Tattoo’s open house Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Myles said.

“It won’t disappoint,” she said.