In 1998, Paul Booth opened up Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in New York City. With some of the finest tattoo artists in the world, Last Rites Tattoo Theatre quickly became one of the best studios to get inked and a legendary destination for fans and advocates of Booth's Dark Dominion. In 2007, Booth expanded his artistic and professional scope, and opened the first dark art gallery in NYC, aptly named Last Rites Gallery. Under one roof, Booth's artistic passions coalesced and birthed a haven for those who resonate with darker aesthetics. Last Rites Tattoo Theatre and Gallery provides its patrons with a sensory experience. Booth created an immersive world, first of its kind, in which guests can view the best of dark art, some of the best tattoo artists at work and an atmosphere unlike any other. Last Rites calls the darkest depths of one's psyche forward through its powerful visual repute and dark ideologies; No soul leaves the contemplative and moving environment unscathed.
Allow us to introduce you to the people that make Last Rites happen!
ceo & founder
Internationally renowned artist and mastermind behind the essence that is Last Rites. He is the owner of Last Rites Tattoo Theatre and Last Rites Gallery. He works very closely with his staff and clients to ensure that the dark art experience of Last Rites is one you'll never forget.
Business & Accounting Administrator
Paula Booth-Ellis manages the day to day operations of Last Rites and its staff from human resources to business logistics. She also manages the business's finances.
Registrar/House Photographer & Video Editor
Paola Duran manages the movement of artwork including packaging and shipping. She is the face behind the camera at all of our opening receptions and events as well as the videographer responsible for filming and editing various projects.
Chaos can often be found showing off in our front window as he diabolically lures people in.
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Edgar Allan Poe
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man.
The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
Leonardo da Vinci
With 5000 square feet across three floors, we have made the Last Rites experience available for all our friends and fans to utilize for their own events.
Let us help you craft your perfect function. We are flexible, understanding, and willing to help you meet the expectations of those you wish to impress.
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Last Rites - 325 West 38th st. (between Ave 8th and 9th) NYC, USA