New York Hardcore Tattoo’s Current Art Show Kicks Some Serious Ass

New York Hardcore Tattoo’s Current Art Show Kicks Some Serious Ass

The Only One Fucking New York City event was a beer and meatball filled extravaganza in honor of NYC’s amazing musical heritage.

Last Friday night, the sidewalk in front of New York Hardcore Tattoo was as bustling as CBGB back in the ‘80s. People were shuffling in and out of the packed parlor, sneaking sips of beer from underneath their jackets, and smoking up a storm along the block. This crowd of tattooed 21st-century punk rockers, including Vinnie Stigma himself, gathered to get a look at the visual art in the Only One Fucking New York City show that the shop and Generation Records put together. The paintings and drawings were inspired by bands that were born in NYC, and collectively these pieces captured the undying spirit of the diverse music scene in the city from over the last 60 years.

The crowd inside New York Hardcore Tattoo during its recent art show (IG—nyhctattoos). #artshow #fineart #music #NewYorkHardcoreTattoo #OnlyOneFuckingNewYorkCity

The art show was put together out of a desire to represent the rich history of rock and roll, punk, and rap in the Lower East Side and to bring together tattoo enthusiasts and music lovers alike. “As fellow business owners in Manhattan, Mark Yoshitomi — the owner of Generation Records — and I decided to do an art show about the musical legacy in the city, so we invited 35 artists to contribute work inspired by their favorite bands from the NYC scene,” said Mark Harada, the owner of New York Hardcore Tattoo. “We got pieces referencing everything from The Velvet Underground to Wu-Tang. There’s homages to hardcore, hip-hop, obscure bands, and some that made it big.”


“Everyone was assigned a band that they weren’t very familiar with as a way to spread awareness about all of the badass music from the past,” said Miykey Kwasnik, one of the artists from New York Hardcore Tattoo who participated. “It’s a cool way to open your mind to new music. Making art is a great way to learn to appreciate classics from NYC that you missed out on.”

Mark Harada, Vinnie Stigma, and Mark Yoshitomi hanging out at the Only One Fucking New York City art show (IG—nyhctattoos). #artshow #fineart #music #NewYorkHardcoreTattoo #OnlyOneFuckingNewYorkCity #VinnieStigma

Some of the most impressive pieces included a portrait of the Plastmatics’ singer Wendy O. Williams by Diego V. Mannino, Dean Violante’s Twisted Sister play on the classic Rock of Ages motif, Grandmaster Flash flash designs from Chris Mahoney, and a moshpit in honor of Warzone by Avi Spivak done in a style that resembles Keith Haring’s work.


The event was as much a party as it was an art show. PBR contributed 10 cases of beer, and a restaurant just down the way from New York Hardcore Tattoo, the Meatball Shop, donated enough food to feed everybody who turned out for the show, even the latecomers. “We’re not a wine and chess type of place,” said Harada. “We’re definitely a beer and meatball kind of joint. I’ve never had so much booze at once in my life, especially not for free.” The shop got so crowded at one point that it looked like a hardcore show in a tiny dive. It was wild enough that it’s a wonder some of the art didn’t get knocked off the wall.

This is just the first of New York Hardcore Tattoo’s new wave of efforts to reinvigorate the music scene in the LES. If you want to keep up with what’s going down at the shop in the future, make sure to follow it on Instagram, or better yet, hit up the awesome artists who work there for your own tattoo that shows you’re a supporter of the homegrown music community in NYC.

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