UPDATE: Here's more on what happened that led to the threats against the museum.
In just one year, the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum has become one of the most important tattoo institutions, with its collection of artifacts and contemporary art, guest tattooists, art and educational events, and its overall aura that pays true homage to the craft. The museum is the labor of love of Henk & Louise Schiffmacher, who have worked tirelessly for years to see this tattoo destination go from dream to reality.
Yesterday, Henk announced that the museum is being threatened. In a letter that became a widely disseminated image, Henk explained that their partnership deal behind the museum has gone sour and they found themselves locked out and the entire collection was taken hostage. A lawsuit have been filed and money and support are needed to keep this home to tattoo history and culture alive.
Details on what you can do to help have been posted today on Henk's museum blog. Here it is reprinted below:
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?
Keep up the fight!
Yours truly, Hanky Panky, Louise, Annemarie & Tessa...
Dutch speakers can find more info in Henk's interview with Parool.nl.
And here's our post on the museum last year, which gives more info on its collection.