Paul Booth (tattoo artist)

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Paul Booth
Known forTattoo artist

Paul Booth (born in 1967 in Boonton[1]) is a tattoo artist, sculptor, painter, filmmaker and musician living in New York City. Booth is known for his use of black and gray ink tattoo work depicting dark surrealism styled pieces. He has gained celebrity clientele, which include members of metal bands such as Slipknot, Mudvayne, Slayer, Pantera, Soulfly, Cradle of Filth, Coal Chamber, Pig Destroyer and Sepultura.[2][3]


Booth's artistic passion started when he was a child. Completely self-taught, he always found comfort in painting darker and more monstrous subject matter. Through his own experimentation and personal growth, Booth developed a technical style of his own.

His utilization of a multi-layer approach, similar to that of the early Flemish painters, allows him to achieve a level of depth and texture that results in a realistic painting. Booth can be best described as a dark surrealist and has exhibited both domestically and internationally.[4]

Booth is perhaps best known for his impact as a tattoo artist. Booth's tattooed celebrities including Gregg Allman, The Undertaker, members of Slayer, Slipknot, Pantera, Pig Destroyer, Lamb of God and others. Rolling Stone Magazine dubbed Booth "The New King of Rock Tattoos".

In addition to introducing the darker side of art to tattooing, Booth has worked to change the way the public views tattoo art. Booth has been recognized and inducted by the National Arts Club – the oldest and one of the most respected art institutions in the United States. He is the first tattoo artist to receive this honor.[5]

Last Rites Tattoo Theater & Art Gallery[edit]

In 1996, Booth opened Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in New York City. With a collection of well-known tattoo artists from around the world, Last Rites Tattoo Theatre quickly gained a reputation among tattoo connoisseurs and became a destination for fans and advocates of Booth's dark work. In 2007, Booth expanded his artistic and professional scope, and opened the first dark art gallery in NYC, aptly named Last Rites Gallery.

The gallery relocated from Hudson Yards to the Garment District in 2015.[6] The new location was Booth's second gallery and was called the Booth Gallery.[7]

Last Rites Tattoo Theater closed its doors in May of 2020, citing economic distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8]

The Art Fusion Experiment[edit]

In the year 2000, Paul Booth was a co-founder of a charitable international art organization known as Art Fusion Experiment (AFE).[9] This particular art movement focuses predominantly on the art of tattoos and emphasizes a collaborative approach that showcases the strength of the contemporary tattoo artist community. By setting aside individual egos, artists can work in unison and blend their distinct styles to produce unparalleled works of art. This collaborative aspect of AFE provides artists with the opportunity to both teach and learn concurrently. Such a unique quality of AFE enables artists from across the globe to come together and create a single piece of art.


In 2007, Booth's directorial debut, The ArtFusion Experiment, won Best Feature Documentary at The Newport Beach Film Festival. His second film, the experimental pseudo-documentary Paul Booth's Last Rites: Volume I, illustrates his unique artistic vision. The film provides a closer look into the process of Booth's art and the lifestyles that surround him.


  1. ^ ArtJaws, Art & New Medias
  2. ^ Lipton, Joshua (28 February 2002). "Bad Skin". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 20, 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  3. ^ "In Pictures: Paul Booth's Creepiest Hits". Forbes. Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  4. ^ "American artist Paul Booth applauds India's respect for tattoo". Hindustan Times. 2018-12-11. Retrieved 2023-06-18.
  5. ^ Hart, Carey; Palmer, Chris (2008). Inked. Artisan Books. p. 23. ISBN 9781579653354. national Arts Club paul booth.
  6. ^ "The Opening of Booth Gallery – Things&Ink". Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  7. ^ Petzold, Dirk (2015-11-08). "Booth Gallery Opening in New York City". WE AND THE COLOR. Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  8. ^ "Paul Booth is Closing His Last Rites Tattoo Studio". MetalSucks. 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  9. ^ Industry Five. "Paul Booth Interview". Prick Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-04-22.

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