Rembrandt House tattoo shop open for business, and sold out

Henk Schifmacher in action at the Rembrandt house. Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn

A tattoo studio has taken up residence at the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam this week to offer visitors a permanent memory of their trip in the form of a Rembrandt tattoo.

The week-long opportunity has been booked solid by tattoo devotees who are paying between €100 and €250 each for their new ink. On offer is everything from a design based on Rembrandt’s self-portrait to his signature.

In total 90 appointments have been made but, according to the Parool, a couple of slots have been left open for spontaneous requests.

Henk Schiffmacher, celebrated tattooist and one of a team of four tattoo artists from Schiffmacher & Veldhoen, told Dutch News earlier Rembrandt would undoubtedly have seen a few tattooed people in his lifetime, ”although I don’t think that they sat there in his atelier tattooing each other.”

The pop-up is the first in a series of modern artists who will be invited to take up residence in a new studio at the Rembrandthuis, in an effort to broaden its appeal.

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