New York City is as crammed with quality tattoo studios as a sold out show at a trashy venue on a Saturday night, but for as packed as the place is, only one shop has a boot firmly planted in the city’s music scene. New York Hardcore Tattoo was built on the fringes of rock and roll. Back in 1999, not long after tattooing was legalized, Vinnie Stigma — the guitarist of Agnostic Front — and Jimmy Gestapo of Murphy's Law fame banded together and founded the parlor, and tattooists have been banging out body art there ever since. Though it’s under different ownership now, NYHC’s insignia still hangs proudly (albeit a bit weatherworn) on its awning, under which some of the most influential punk rockers of all time once hung out.
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