Some of you may have heard and a lot of you probably haven’t heard, but The Tattoo Museum in Amsterdam has been held hostage due to some major financial conflicts. Henk Schiffmacher also known affectionately as Hanky Panky is reaching out to the world for help.
A lot of facts are not really open and available yet but from what we have gathered from other sources is that Hanky created this museum largely of his collection and it has been a work of art for him to share this masterpiece with the world.
According to some online sources, The Museum received roughly 1.5 million in exchange for providing employment who have been long-term unemployed. A boiling point rose this week after employees were not paid. Now, a lawsuit has been attached and they have close the doors, changed locks keeping Henk and his team away from the building to property that belongs to them.
Below is an official statement from the museum.
This just in from HENK
Official Statement from the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum:
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 email@example.com.
- 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 withwww.tattooplatform.nl.
Keep up the fight! Yours truly, Hanky Panky, Louise, Annemarie & Tessa…
More information about the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum can also be found on www.amsterdamtattoomuseum.com and their blog http://tattoomuseum.wordpress.com/.