On the corner of Franklin Avenue and Eagle Street you’ll find Evil & Love Tattoo (211 Franklin St.). A signboard hangs out front with their distinctive umbrella-eye logo, and a chalkboard advertises walk-ins. The windows are full of modern shelves that could be mistaken for a trendy coffee shop, but through these you can see large designs painted on the walls.
Inside, I was greeted by a man with a friendly demeanor and tattooed head. This was Joey Rosado, who began as an apprentice shortly after the shop opened in 2013 and is now a full-time tattoo artist there. When I complimented the giant squid attacking a submarine tattooed on his arm he told the story of how he got it (you’ll have to ask him yourself).
Steven Avalos, the shop’s owner, was getting ready to tattoo a client but took some time to chat before he started. The shop’s four artists come from art backgrounds and do all styles of tattoos, from realism and floral to traditional and geometric. To take a look at their work, follow the shop on Instagram. On an average day Joey and Jack Mayfair are available for walk ins. Evil & Love also does custom work, and customers are encouraged to bring reference material with them.
When I visited guest artist Ugo Villegas was sketching out designs up front. His geometric designs are popular and his work can be found on Instagram but if you want a tattoo by him, reach out soon as his stay is limited.
While the sun-filled shop is a pleasant spot to linger, be sure not to miss Greenpoint Tattoo Co. which is located off the main drag, on a quiet corner at Leonard and Meserole streets.
Evil & Love Tattoo | 211 Franklin St. | Mon-Sat 1-10 & Sun 1-8