Save the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

I apologise for the delay with the Thom DeVita Tattoo Age news (which will come tonight), however this came to my attention last night and I’ve been in a rush to help get the word out tonight.

Last night most of the tattoo industry was shocked to see that the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum is in trouble. It seems that the partnership which started the museum off didn’t quite go to plan, leaving Henk in a terrible situation. At the moment, he can’t even get into the museum. This was posted on Instagram yesterday (click to make larger):

This is an absolute disgrace. The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum is one of the best tattoo museums in the world, and so much work has gone into making it such a success. It’s time to lend a hand, guys.

I saw an official statement on the TAM blog, which you can find here. Here’s a repost:

Comrades at arms!

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 exposition 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 necessary. A tidal wave of local and national press were served all day. Negotiations with landlords, lawyers and businessmen took place. Do not despair my friend. We will fight this with success. Stay tuned!

P.S. Lawsuit is about 1.5 million Euros and has no ground at all. Come see us on 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 at
– Make a tattoo for the museum, donate, take a picture and participate in the 1000 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 Panky, Louise, Annemarie & Tessa…

More information about the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum can also be found on

This wonderful place can’t be given to lawyers and other bastards in suits. Do something, and keep fighting!

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