After 9 years working at Tattoo Culture in Brooklyn I have decided to venture into the great unknown wilderness of owning and running a small business. I love Tattoo Culture and everyone there, but the time finally came when I wanted to drive my own destiny.
The shop is going to be small and quiet. The surrounding neighborhood is filled with artists spaces and rehearsal studios. When I walked around trying to decide if this was the right space for me, the neighborhood is what finally sold me on it. There is a vibe and energy here that reminds me of why I fell in love with NYC when I moved here over 20 years ago. This industrial area of NY shoved between the modern new constructions of towering condos and the low rise brick and mortar shells of factories long since forgotten is where I have made my home for the past 18 years. There are museums. There is music. There's great food. There are amazing parks. There are breathtaking views of the city. And I couldn't think of any better place to open my new shop than right here in the heart of Long Island City.
So hopefully September 1 will be the first day of many years to follow of a great adventure in the town I love.