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Special Guest - Mehai Bakaty
Mehai Bakaty is a second-generation tattoo artist, who has been tattooing for over 25 years.
Born and raised in New York’s Lower East Side, he worked with his father Mike Bakaty during
the city’s tattoo prohibition. When the ban was lifted in 1997, the Bakatys opened Fineline Tattoo
in the Lower East Side.
Mehai specializes in contemporary American tattooing with a Japanese influence.
His work has been shown in various gallery and museum shows, and on The Learning Channel
and other U.S. and foreign television programs.
Fineline Tattoo NYC
Born in the midst of the underground atmosphere of New York City’s ban on tattooing (which existed
from the early 1960s until the late 1990s), Fineline Tattoo NYC worked to establish itself from 1976
on as one of the very few underground / illegal / appointment-only tattoo parlors that offered
professionalism in artistry, craftsmanship, and hygiene.
Fineline was originally operated out of a private loft, on the infamous Bowery in the heart of the
East Village, until 1997 when the city finally lifted the 30 year ban on tattooing. Fineline Tattoo NYC
was relocated to the First Avenue storefront where it continues to thrive to this day.
Gone is the paranoia and stigma of operating an illegal business, but still intact is the friendly
atmosphere and professionalism that the legions of loyal customers have come to expect from
Fineline over the years.
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