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’Net pioneer needs help in fight for rights to .nyc

[media-credit name="Photo by Clayton Patterson " align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit] Paul Garrin in front of P.S. 20, at Essex and Stanton Sts. BY CLAYTON PATTERSON |  I first heard of Paul Garrin after the 1988 Tompkins Square police riot. We both captured, on video, the night of police wilding. Paul’s tape was around 20 minutes and mine was read more here »

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Maori to modern, N.Y.C. Tattoo Convention has it all

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Jochen Auer, the creator of Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe, needed top players in the tattoo world to work at his show. This was 1995. Back then, America was the leading edge of what is best and next in the world of tattoo. I read more here »

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Ancient skills, high-flying thrills

[media-credit name="Photos by Clayton Patterson" align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] Shinji Horizakura, the Japanese tebori master, at work on another “canvas.”   BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  The economy in Austria seems to be doing well. The Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe in Salzburg, like Vienna, had capacity crowds and people were spending money. Salzburg is a beautiful city whose most famous son is read more here »

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Tattoos, Weasel and the Vampire Woman: What a messe

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Jochen Auer’s Vienna Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe in the Gasometer continues to bring high-level, world-class talent to his public. A messe is a fair, and the Gasometer is four huge, 19th-century, brick gas tanks that have been converted for various uses, from office and residential to entertainment. One of the contributions I read more here »

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My guide to the creative world

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  In 1990 at the Chelsea Hotel, Linda Twigg gave a party to celebrate the release of Herbert Huncke’s autobiography, “Guilty of Everything.” Huncke roomed in the walk-in closet of Linda’s second-floor gaming den. The party was a solid cross-section of the well-known radicals, activists, literary types, club divas and other well-recognized read more here »

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Visions of J.R., Tastee Tacos and a Visionary Award

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  In actuality, having a film out is a job. A job that requires a lot of work, and there is the small glimmer of hope for some kind of payoff. I am still out there pitching “Captured,” my biopic, and in doing this kind of work, one at times ends up in read more here »

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A tough guy who outran his demons (and helps cats, too)

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  I recently finished reading a book called “The Mammoth Book of Tough Guys,” by Robin Barratt. In Barratt’s world the tough guy is a man whose livelihood is connected to his fighting ability, his knowledge of fighting techniques and the respect he has earned using his physical abilities. His tough guys read more here »

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Biker, cool carnie, actor… The evolution of Billy

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  For many, the Lower East Side represented much more than a geographic location with ever-changing borders. The L.E.S. was a magical kingdom where almost anything seemed possible and we felt we had the freedom to be whoever we wanted to be, to say whatever we needed to say, and the right read more here »

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The ‘Mosaic Man’ has always blazed his own trail

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  One lesson I learned from living on the Lower East Side is that there is no heaven on earth, no utopia, no perfect solution to all of life’s problems, which means life is about dealing with the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful, the rational and the insane. read more here »

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Cops were spellbound by idea of magician as killer

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  The Lower East Side was a magical cauldron. The brew that percolated in this pot nourished a number creative individuals who went on and made a creative contribution to the world. Magic and mysticism are subjects of interest that have always found a place in the hearts of some fringe niche read more here »

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