Arts & Culture / New York

Tattoo History on the Lower East Side in NYC

From 1961 up until 1997, there were no “legal” tattoo shops in New York City. The Health Department banned tattooing due to an alleged series of blood-borne Hepatitis-B cases linked to Coney Island tattoo parlors in the late 1950s. Alleged.

The first tattoo shops in New York City initially catered to seafarers who grabbed a haircut …