Henk Schiffmacher has reached his 40 year anniversary and we want to celebrate this impressive milestone with him! The world renowned tattoo artist opened his first tattoo shop in 1979 and the rest is history. In 2017 Schiffmacher was even honoured with the title Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. The Royal Dutch Mint and Schiffmacher have joined forces in a unique collaboration, where Schiffmacher designed the medal as well as the design on the coincard. Now you can own a real Schiffmacher without having to get a tattoo. This medal in coincard is a true eyecatcher and a must have for every artistic collector. On the 23rd of May, Schiffmacher was presented with a special gold plated version of the coin in his tattoo shop in Amsterdam.
Under his nickname ‘Hanky Panky’, Schiffmacher is internationally recognized as one of the greatest in the world of tattooing. Schiffmacher’s tattoos are popular with a wide and famous audience. Earlier this month, popstar Rita Ora visited his tattoo shop. He also tattooed several members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, Kurt Cobain, Robbie Williams and Lady Gaga. Schiffmacher does more than just decorate people with beautiful designs, he’s also very interested in the history of tattoos.
‘I’m a great collector of things that have something to do with tattoos and its history. The love I have for collecting came from my parents; my mother was a coin collector. She would’ve been very proud to hear that her son is getting his own coin! I’m very happy that the Royal Dutch Mint made this possible.’
- Henk Schiffmacher
The Henk Schiffmacher coin is extra special because Schiffmacher designed both the coin and the coincard himself! It’s an artistic mixture between coin and tattoo art, featuring many typical Henk Schiffmacher trademarks, like his famous ‘skull’. Only 4,040 coins in coincard will be commissioned, celebrating his 40th anniversary.
The Henk Schiffmacher coin, or ‘medal in coincard’ is now available (delivery in Europe only) and is exclusively minted by the Royal Dutch Mint. You can buy the coin here.
Unique chance: tattoo for fans
Schiffmacher’s mark, the skull, is ‘tattooed’ on the coin. On Friday June 7th, Schiffmacher will be tattooing his ‘skull’ in the size of his coin on 20 lucky fans. This will take place in his shop in Amsterdam! The first twenty people in line with their purchased medal in coincard will have the chance to get the Schiffmacher skull tattooed on their bodies.* Read more about this unique opportunity here.
*The terms and conditions ‘Skull tattoo by Henk Schiffmacher’ apply here and can be found on royaldutchmint.com/schiffmacher