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Mehai Bakaty

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Citizenship: United States

History of Tattoos: From the underground to the mainstream

Subculture has continued to develop dynamically thanks to people like Michael, who honed his skills, ignoring the possible legal consequences. In 1997, when the ban was lifted, `Fineline` interior of the underground immediately became mainstream and moved to the East Village district, which still stands at 21 First Avenue.

He inherited his father`s business Mihai Bakati Jr., now not only owns the oldest in New York City tattoo parlor, but continues to work for an artist tattoos.

Today, in a fashion tattoo boutiques, but `Fineline` kept apart while remaining true relic of the past, a model of the old school, `without all these izlishestv`. The customer has to plunge into the atmosphere without any pretensions to luxury, but at the same time with a long history of tattooing.

Recently Bakati said 40-year anniversary of his father`s illicit grounds salon.

Revealing some of the facts about the fate of `Fineline Tattoo`, Mihai said: `Lower East Side has always been a kind of poor areas, low-rent, but over the past few years seems to have turned into a place with luxury hotels, being built around `.

`Rents soared, so that small businesses here and there began to curl. But we continue to stay here, thanks to the support of our customers and the entire neighborhood in tselom`.

Bakati continues: `You know, in the past has been outlawed all of New York. In the 1980s, taxi drivers refuse to take you on the 14 th ulitsy.Tatuazh during the ban remained in the shadows. Practically there was no way to express themselves, to submit advertising, with the exception of the last pages of the weekly `Village Voice``.

`Customers came, learning about us word of mouth. You really had to be aware of what is happening or really want to get a tattoo, to find someone who does. Suffice it to a few people in the city in the 1970s and `80s were engaged tatuirovkoy`.

Bakati exclaims: `Damn it, in the 70s and 80s are not so many people could get a tattoo, like today`.

`When I was growing up, our tattoo studio located in the attic. Yes, it was a real salon, built in a professional manner. Not some kind of experimental workshop. And we zahazhivali people of all stripes - cops, teachers, lawyers, actors, drug dealers, people from all sfer`.

`I remember a few times in one and the same time the inner members were apparently competing bands. Tense atmosphere prevailed, but all behaved politely, as befits the sacred tattoo salone`.

Mihai continued: `When I was a kid, the tattoo industry, as well as the whole city, was quite different. I think, evolve tattoo culture began long before the ban was lifted. I can say that here in New York, everything just changed in one noch`.

`Now that I think about it, it seems to me, the explosion occurred in one night all over the world. Now it is a heck of a lot more interest than 20 years ago. With this not posporish`.

Over the years, Mihai made a lot of very different tattoos. He covered tattooed men from head to toe. Master difficult to determine which of his tattoos he likes the most, however, it states the following:

`It`s really hard to choose, but I`ll tell you what. With some people, which I stuffed tattoo, I was able to develop a deep and close relationship. These relationships I cherish the most. I love my job, but also the realization that my favorite tattoo can be a great next kartinka`.

Arguing from the trends observed in the world of tattooing the past few years, Mihai said: `Trends interesting. This, of course, takes place, but usually do not last too long. Right now, I would say, in a huge fashion label - quotes and things in such duhe`.

`However, I am not too sure that this used to be no demand. Also, these days there is a significant surge in the classic American style tattoos. So I can say that relating to the culture and life of America things old classic, and has current tendentsiya`.

Reflecting on the theme of a particular style of tattooing in New York, Bakati says: `New York style in tattooing - the best example of what a whole is defined as` `the East Coast style, with bold black-out and colored lines`.

`Let`s just say, I think, the ethnic diversity of New York sohranyaetsvezhie and ever changing images. I can also say that New York style resonates with globalnym` style.

When it comes to the most bizarre clients in Mihai career, the owner of `Fineline` makes it clear that the word` strannyy` all carries its own meaning. Yet he recalls one customer, which was originally considered `homeless or type togo`.

`None of us wanted to fill his tattoo - says Bakati. - But my father had a good heart, and he agreed. The guy wanted on his leg appeared naked girl with a poster. His father named a price, and the customer agreed without kolebaniy`.

`The guy started shooting some of the other pants. Four pairs of pants, and it is in the middle of July. Unpleasant smell spread throughout the cabin, so we had to keep an open door. Yet my father completed the job. The boy began to dress, and I thought that now he kinet` us.

`Instead, the customer reached into his pants and pulled out one of the biggest stacks of hundred-dollar bills that I have ever seen. He paid work and respectfully went to the exit, but not fast enough for me, `iz-za smell.

To all those who are preparing to fill his first tattoo, Mihai advised not to rush and to choose really what you like, `choose something with which you can grow together`. Bakati also recommended to find an artist who will resonate in your soul, which you will not be a burden to hold a painful time, it is stuffed tattoo.