Exploring NYC's Tattoo History, from Historic Parlors to Vintage Artifacts

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Daredevil Tattoo

141 Division Street

New York, NY 10002

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Tattoo parlors may seem like a dime a dozen in NYC these days, but did you know that tattooing was actually an illegal practice here until 1997?

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the history of tattooing in NYC, starting from the Daredevil Tattoo Museum — a collection of antique tattoo memorabilia preserving and sharing the history of tattooing — to the streets of the Lower East Side where most tattoo parlors once operated.

Led by Michelle Myles, the co-owner and founder of Daredevil Tattoo, our unique experience will include:


  • A historical overview of the art of tattooing in NYC, from its proliferation in the 19th century alongside the invention of the electric tattoo machine, to its citywide ban from 1961 until 1997

  • A private tour of Daredevil Tattoo Museum, NYC’s only tattoo museum featuring artwork and machines from some of the earliest and most influential tattoo artists of the last century

  • An exploration around the Lower East Side and Chinatown to visit monumental points of interest, including the first recorded tattoo parlor to the most famous tattoo artists on the Bowery


Click here to see pictures from one of our last History of Tattoo experiences!

See you there!


*Please bring a water bottle and comfortable pair of shoes as we’ll be on our feet for the duration of the experience!


About Michelle

“I started tattooing in 1991 when tattooing was still illegal in NYC. When tattooing was legalized in 1997 I opened Daredevil with my business partner Brad Fink. I am passionate about the history of NYC's tattoo past which is connected to the history of our neighborhood here on the Lower East Side. I am the only tattooer in NYC who is also a licensed NYC tour guide.”




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Daredevil Tattoo

141 Division Street

New York, NY 10002

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