Having a deep respect for tradition allows Maxx and Steve to blend the old school with the new and help tattooing adapt to modern times.

“Our goal [when we bought Fun City] was to be very respectful of the shop’s history, while carving out our own niche within the industry,” explains Maxx.

“We’re probably the most versatile tattoo studio in New York because we pride ourselves on an intensive mastery on all tattoo forms, whether it’s lettering or portraits. Celebrities and musicians come to us because we’re low-key and don’t make a big spectacle like most of the competition. We’re very relaxed and oriented on getting the job done perfectly.”

Tatto artist, "Big Steve" Padone at Fun City Tattoo in New York City

Big Steve

"Our goal is to make our clients happy. No ego, no attitude, just a good positive mental attitude with a hint of sarcasm."

Born and raised in Queens, New York, ‘Big Steve’ Padone’s roots in the tattoo industry trace back to his apprenticeship with Jonathan Shaw at Fun City NY where he has been tattooing for 15 years.

Having left his permanent mark on a number of today’s most well known celebrities, Big Steve has come to be recognized as one of the top, and easily most versatile, tattoo artists in the world. 

Maxx Starr, co-owner of Fun City Tattoo.

Maxx Starr

A New York City artist and entrepreneur, Maxx Starr’s co-ownership of Fun City Tattoo is founded in his deep respect for the shop’s treasured history and spirit.

His new book Freedom, Told Through Line and Color takes the reader out for a night in New York, unpolished and authentic. Punctuated with bursts of color, the primal hieroglyphs illustrate the journey while the text sings accompaniment—bright, happy and positive. His personality, much like his artistic style, has created a narrative style that he refers to as visual jazz.