Mike Rubendall

Mike Rubendall Joins Tattoodo

Mike Rubendall Joins Tattoodo

Mike Rubendall
Photo by Joe Bottazzi Jr

If you have ever looked up tattoo artists on the internet the name Mike Rubendall is sure to be listed. Since the mid 90’s Mike has built a reputation for himself as a well-established tattooer. To keep up his momentum in the tattoo culture Mike has joined up with Ami James and the staff at Tattoodo to become Brand Ambassador.

Tattoodo has sent over Mike Rubendall’s bio to share with our followers and readers:

Mike Rubendall is the internationally renowned artist, entrepreneur, and the founder of Kings Avenue Tattoo. Mike has over twenty years experience in the tattoo industry and has received over fifty international awards for his work. Mike’s work has been featured in over 100 publications and magazines.

Mike Rubendall
Photo by Chad Griffith

The Beginning

Mike’s career started in the early 1990’s. Mike’s passion for art started as a child when he would doodle endlessly at his mother’s kitchen table in Long Island. At age 17, Mike’s passion brought him to Da Vinci Tattoo, where he served an extensive apprenticeship under Frank Romano. Mike continued honing his skills from 1995 to 2005, splitting time between Da Vinci’s Tattoo in Long Island and part time on the lower east side, NYC. Mike’s breakthrough moment came when he was tattooed by the legendary Filip Leu in 1997. It was during his marathon sessions in Switzerland that Mike began to see what was possible in the realm of tattoos. It was also during this time that Mike befriended world-class Danish tattoo artist Henning Jorgensen. Together, they set out to bring attention to the industry’s leading artists and take the industry to the next level. They did this by starting Tattoo Elite International in 2003 in which they would eventually sell in 2012.

In 2005, Mike opened Kings Avenue Tattoo in his hometown of Massapequa, NY. Starting with only three artists, including himself, the shop’s fame quickly spread both locally and across the world. He soon opened a second location in Manhattan to meet the increasing demand. Kings Avenue Tattoo currently employs 13 industry-leading artists and now serves clients and avid collectors from across the globe. Kings Avenue Tattoo currently employs 13 industry-leading artists and now serves clients and avid collectors from across the globe.


Although immensely skilled and well versed in all styles, Mike is especially sought after for his highly stylized renditions of traditional Japanese irezumi. Mike has always been struck by the beauty, simplicity, and powerful imagery of Japanese iconography. He constantly explores the boundaries of this medium. Mike spends countless hours researching, designing, and drawing his custom designs for clients before he even touches a client’s skin. For Mike, the client and creating the perfect tattoo for that client come first before anything else. It is Mike’s dedication to his craft and the end result that have clients waiting for well over two years to sit in his chair.

Popular Culture

Mike’s masterful talents have exposed him to the public eye. In 2007, Mike was featured on the TLC series Tattoo Wars, where he defeated iconic tattoo master Pascal “Bugs” Jarrion . That same year, New York Magazine ranked Mike as one of New York City’s top tattoo artists. In 2012, Mike was prominently featured in Vice Magazine’s original documentary series “Tattoo Age.” Mike has also appeared as a guest judge in seasons 2, 5, and 6 of Spike TV’s highly-rated program “Ink Master.” Mike continues to give back to the tattoo community, which has given so much to him.

Business Ventures

Mike’s success with a needle has expanded to a recently launched collaboration with New Era, which has debuted Mike’s line of branded hats. Mike was also a featured artist in the documentary “Skin” which was a project for Garage Magazine. This featured Mike along with Damien Hurst, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon. Mike was also featured by The Huffington Post as one of the fifteen tattoo artists to follow on Instagram. His extensive knowledge and expertise earned him the distinction of guest editor / cover feature for Freshly Inked, an industry leading publication. In 2014/15, Mike had a 12-page spread and was interviewed in issue #19 of HEY MAGAZINE: Modern Art & Pop Culture in France. The magazine features a wide variety of artwork from some of the top artists around the world. He continues to break barriers between tattooing and the fine art world as a featured artist in “TIME: Tattoo Art Today ‘The Somerset House Project”’ exhibit, where the original “Mother Pelican” was displayed. In April 2015, Kings Avenue Tattoo hosted “Pictures of the Gone World:” Ed Hardy’s return to the Bowery. This was an unprecedented 3-day historical event.

In addition, Mike and fellow artist Matt Beckerich recently started their own publishing company “Neversleep.” They plan to release in Spring 2016 their first publication Cor Mysterium; a tattoo encyclopedia featuring 180 of the world’s best artists.

Mike Rubendall
Photo by Brian Cohen

Tattoodo’s Press Release

Copenhagen, April 2016 – Tattoodo, a digital hub for all things tattoo-related, is announcing that it has brought on world renowned tattoo artist, Mike Rubendall, as a brand ambassador to join Ami James, Megan Massacre, Henning Jørgensen and other talented artists.

“Tattoodo has a great connection to their fans and they work hard to take tattooing in a positive direction,” said Mike Rubendall, Founder of Kings Avenue Tattoo. “I love tattooing and It’s unavoidable for the tattoo industry to jump on the digital train. I’m happy to join some very well respected artists to help shape the future of the online tattoo industry. There are some really interesting projects coming up and I happy to be involved in something that will ultimately strengthen tattooing!”

Rubendall comes with vast experience and awards, being recognized in NY Magazine, The Huffington Post, segments on Vice’s Tattoo Age, and appearing as a guest judge on seasons two, five and six of Ink Master. Getting his start at the age of 17, Rubendall apprenticed under Frank Romano for 10 years at DaVinci Tattoo in Wantagh, NY and although well-versed in many different styles, Rubendall finds traditional Asian imagery as a major influence in his tattooing.
Founding Kings Avenue Tattoo in his hometown of Massapequa, NY, Mike commands a client list willing to wait well over two years. He is considered by many to be among the very best in the world

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Mike here with us,” said Johan Plenge, CEO of Tattoodo. “His designs are bold, impossibly detailed, and altogether timeless. Mike has nearly 20 years under his belt and he holds a body of work that speaks for itself! We can’t wait to start working with him.”

Tattoodo is an online lifestyle outlet and marketplace that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for the tattoo industry. The site connects users through its interactive platform which uses content, powerful visuals, and artist interviews in order to inspire anyone interested in tattoos. In addition, Tattoodo features a marketplace where users can work with artists in order to find the perfect design by submitting an idea and receiving feedback and drawings.

~ ☠  AnoTat2 

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