Greenpoint Tattoo Co. (131 Meserole Avenue) was started by John Reardon in 2011. The shop’s interior walls are covered top to bottom with sheets of tattoo flash designs. Almost all the flash displayed is custom painted by the crew of artists who works there. So just because you choose a tattoo off the wall doesn’t mean it’s generic. If you’re just in to browse, they’ll let the books full of artists’ work and flash tell you what you need to know, or you can follow them on Instagram and browse from home. Continue reading
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). Continue reading
East River Tattoo (1047 Manhattan Ave.) opened in 2000 out of a storefront on Franklin Street, making them Greenpoint’s first tattoo shop. They have since moved a few blocks to their current Manhattan Ave location, where a glance in the window reveals a taxidermy fox next to a spotted and stuffed fawn. Continue reading
Greenpoint currently has four tattoo shops, each with their own vibe, style, and specialties. Whether you’re a tattoo collector, planning a custom piece, or just seeking a small meaningful mark on your skin, finding the right match is never as easy at it seems.
The best way to check places out is to go by and look through the artists’ books found on the front counter of most shops. After you’ve looked at designs, notice the quality of lines in various artist’s work and the way tattoos are placed on people’s bodies. Greenpoint’s tattoo shops are so close you can check them all out in one afternoon.
First Stop: Three Kings Tattoo
No Pants Party,Free Tattoos,Free Yo La Tengo,Heliotropes and Fortune Telling, What’s Happening Greenpoint? (1/9-1/14)
♫Sky White Tiger+ Friends@ The Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 10pm, Free. RSVP
•Fortune Telling @Pete’s Candy Shop (709 Lorimer St), 10pm
Have your past, present and future revealed to you by candlelight in the witching hours by famed psychic astrologer to the stars, Winston Ludlow.
♫Class Actress/Neon Indian (DJ)/Erika Spring/Chairlift(DJ)/Mess Kid (DJ)/Lemonade (DJ) @ 285 Kent 8pm FREE. RSVP
*Hard Nips/Desert Sharks/Heliotropes, Hippy @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St) 8p, $7. RSVP
•Willypoint Food Coop @ Tradesman Bar (222 Bushwick Ave) 7pm,Come out and learn more about the Williamsburg Greenpoint Food Co-op and a raffle of goodies from Brooklyn Seed Company! RSVP
•The Big Gulp 7 Comedy Show @Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave.) 7pm FREE, Aparna Nancherla/Dan St.Germain/Seaton C.Smith/Christi Chiello, No Drink Min, Prizes!
♫Slick Rick @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) doors 6pm $15, F. Stokes/Phranchyze Tix
♫Charles Mansfield/Ben Pagano/Lizzie Blazquez /McClain Sullivan + More @ Brooklyn Fireproof (119 Ingraham St) 7:30pm $5, RSVP
♫Hello Phones/Colwell/The Finks @ The Gutter (200 North 14th St) 8:30pm $5,”Le Boum” Record release party.
♫Sally Cyborg/The Planes/Baroque Punks/Sam Marine and [email protected] (557 Manhattan ave) 7:30pm $8
*FREE Yo La Tengo @ Barnes & Noble Union Square (Manhattan), 7pm
*FREE Tattoos @The Passenger (229 Roebling St) 8pm-3am, For 102nd birthday of Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins, Three Kings Tattoo will set up a pop up tattoo shop and give 102 people free. Sailor Jerry anchor tattoos.
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
We all know finding a tattoo artist can be hard. You want someone whose style you admire; someone who creates art you want to stare at for hours. If you happen to be in search of such an artist, might I suggest my friend Lizzie Renaud, owner of tattoo shop Speakeasy Tattoo. She is visiting Greenpoint from Toronto in April and will be guest tattooing at Three Kings Tattoo on Manhattan Ave.
Lizzie is a great artist – she designed my back tattoo years ago, when she was just a counter girl, and has done work on so many of my friends, I’ve lost count. She will be only be in Brooklyn April 6-10 so check out her work online here and email [email protected] to reserve your spot now!