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Where This Fashion Assistant Gets Inked in the East Village

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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

Image via North Star Tattoo

Timothy Mitchell spends his days as the fashion assistant at the New York Post. He originally moved to the city to study Art History at NYU, and while doing so, he ended up taking internships at publications like WWD, Details and W Magazine. During his senior year, he was the part-time editorial assistant at and worked a stint at Ford Models. Though he's not a big shopper in his downtime, he will spend his hard earned dollars on new ink at this spot on East 7th Street.

I work with clothing, shoes, and accessory samples all day long. Paradoxically (or understandably, depending on how you look at it), I'm not into shopping; I'd rather spend the money on a new tattoo. For that, I head to North Star Tattoo in the East Village. It's a small shop with red walls covered in original artwork. My go-to artist, Anna Melo is awesome, and stylish, too. Short bob, polka dot dresses—she's like a 40's sweetheart?with a sleeve. Anna specializes in Chinese cats, pin-ups, flowers, and Russian designs, and quite frankly, she has perfect taste. When she was doing my first big tattoo (Botticelli's Venus as a mermaid on my forearm) she told me stories about Japanese mermaids. Apparently they're kind of nasty.

· North Star Tattoo [Official Site]
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North Star Tattoo

74 East 7th Street New York, NY 10003