In the world of tattooing, Mike Rubendall is an influence, a visionary, a household name, a legend. He has been featured in New York Magazine, and on TLC’s Tattoo Wars.
He’s one of the very best on the planet—his clientele alone is
testament to that, to say nothing of the countless awards that have been
bestowed upon his work. Or, if you need further proof, just look at the
work itself. Mike Rubendall is one of the most revered and influential
practitioners of one of the most accessible and popular visual art forms
in the world. And he’s not in Manhattan or Brooklyn, where the rock
stars and the movie stars and the cool kids live; he’s not in Tokyo or
San Francisco or London or Paris: He is in the middle of Massapequa, the
middle of Long Island. In the world of tattooing, Mike Rubendall is in
the middle of nowhere.