"Bowery Stan" Moskowitz

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Stanley Moskowitz, aka "Bowery Stan", was a legendary tattoo personality.

He was born in 1932 in New York. His father William "Willy" Moskowitz's was of Jewish descent, and arrived in the United States as an immigrant from Russia. In the late 1920s, while the Great Depression of the 30s was just beginning, he opened a barber shop in Bowery, New York. He later discovered that he could make more money by becoming a tattooer. He learned the craft from Charlie Wagner and started tattooing.

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Stan showed a keen interest in tattooing from an early age, and in 1944, at the age of twelve, he made his first tattoo, under the guidance of his father. Two years later he was already working full time in the family tattoo shop, and father and son became famous working as a team. Stan made history as the only teen tattoo artist in Bowery.

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"Bowery Stan" remained authentic and faithful to the tattoo that he loved so much until the end. His trademark, the tattoo with the fish and the ball-peen hammer, a design that has tattooed hundreds of times - until recently - wanting to send the message that even the smallest fish can counterattack.

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"Bowery Stan" Moskowitz passed away on April 11, 2020, at the age of eighty-seven.

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