Photographic Flasbacks

December 23rd, 2013 by Julene Huffman -


If you’re ever hunkering for some authentic, photographic throwbacks to when tattooing was (mostly) reserved for sailors & hussies, you’ll appreciate the posts Amsterdam Tattoo Museum makes on its blog.

Though the museum forced to close its doors in November of 2012, they continue to post some of the better photos & flash in their possession. It’s too bad most of us will never get the chance to see all this cool shit in person. :(

Photo courtesy of Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

Prison tattoo photo courtesy of Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

Tattoo flash courtesy of Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

#FlashbackFriday: Vintage Tattoos

October 18th, 2013 by Julene Huffman -


As much as I enjoy seeing updates from every artist, shop and convention on Instagram, I also really enjoy all the accounts offering historic tattoo information — and photos. I’ve included something from each of my three favorite ‘old’ tattoo accounts. If you know of any others, feel free to leave them in the comments.

1.) Then & now photos of tattoos done by  J.C. Fly in the 1970’s


2.) Rusty Field and Bill Skuse


3.) Railwayman’s winged wheel wearing a crown (Riecke, 1925)

Save the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum – Buy this scraperboard!

December 13th, 2012 by Kevin -


You’ve all ready about the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum situation, and here’s another way you can help. Sven Rayen has made a very generous contribution, and he’s selling this original, custom framed, scraperboard drawing. All proceeds will go to the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, and bids will be taken until December 16th on Sven’s Facebook page.

The Rebel Reprints Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Benefit

December 4th, 2012 by Kevin -


The duo of Rebel Reprints and Thomas Asher have teamed up to help out with the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum situation with the print below. This print is Asher’s rendition of Amsterdam, and will be available until December 26th on the Rebel Reprints online store. All the proceeds will be going to the museum to help them with their legal costs. As always Rebel Reprints prints are on textured hahnemuhle fine art paper, with the highest quality archival inks. The print is 20×28 including the 1/2″ inch white border.

Hanky Panky explains what happened at the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

November 29th, 2012 by Kevin -


We’ve talked about the events at the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, but there was still a number of questions about what exactly happened. In this video below, Henk Schiffmacher explains what exactly happened.

Click here to find out how you can help.

What happened at the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum? Explained by Henk Schiffmacher from Amsterdam Tattoo Museum on Vimeo.

See the Tattoo Museum, and help Hanky Panky

November 24th, 2012 by Kevin -


By now, I’m sure most of you have heard (or ” target=”_blank”>read) that Hanky Panky is locked out of his own Tattoo Museum.

Here’s a video to show (or remind) everyone what exactly the Tattoo Museum is, and how much of a travesty this ordeal is.

SAVE THE Amsterdam Tattoo Museum from Joao MB Costa on Vimeo.

Save Hanky Panky’s Amsterdam Tattoo Museum!

November 23rd, 2012 by Julene Huffman -


From the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum website:


It is been overwhelming, we’re blown away by the enormous support we’ve had the last 24 hours. Never before in my whole history as a tattoo artist I’ve come across such an enormous exposion of positive energy. Reactions worldwide, tweets and retweets, pictures on Instagram, posts on Facebook, etc. It’s a tough fight, but we’re in to win this.

Again today we were denied access to our museum. Locks have been changed, negotiations with the police to get personal matters like tattoo machines were neccesary. A tidal wave of local and national press were served all day. Negotiations with landlords, lawyers and businessmen took place. Do not despair my friends. We will fight this with success. Stay tuned!

P.S. Lawsuit is about 1,5 million of euros and has no ground at all. Come see us December 8th. Help us fight for our art, fight for our history, fight for our future, fight for our museum!

How can you help us?

– First of all, keep spreading the word!
– Make a donation on PayPal, big or small (
– Make a tattoo for the museum, donate, take a picture and participate in the 1,000 tattoos for the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum competition
– Sing a song on Youtube
– Make a ‘save the ATM’ t-shirt
– Bake cookies
– Throw a party
– Become a member of the Blue Bone Society
– Put us in your will
– Sell your body
– Throw us a gig
– Rob a bank
– Organize an auction
– Participate in the December 2nd worldwide Tattoos for History day in participation with

Keep up the fight!

Yours truly,

Hanky PankyLouiseAnnemarie & Tessa