Results tagged “Williamsburg”

Jun201107
04:05 PM
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In the latest issue of Skin & Ink magazine (August 2011), I take a look at the progressive work coming out of Brooklyn's own Tattoo Culture via resident artist Gene Coffey (whose work is shown here) and a host of international talent including Belgium's blackwork specialist Dan DiMattia, and France's avant-garde artists Noon and Loic [aka Xoil], among many others. In fact, owner Chris Budd acts as a "tattoo concierge," helping tattooers from outside New York find places to stay, procure temporary permits, and build a local fan base.

While Tattoo Culture is a full-service custom shop where clients get tattoos in a variety of styles, the focus of the article is the more controversial work that push the definition of what a tattoo should be. Here's a bit of that discussion:

[Gene] credits the roster of guest artists at Tattoo Culture for his artistic growth. "We just feed off of each other's creativity. If I had never worked with people like Noon or Loic, for example, I wouldn't have even tried something weird like what I've been doing lately."

The "weird" tattoos that Gene refers to are abstract pen and ink watercolor styled designs. [Shown below] It began when a long-time client was flipping through Gene's sketchbook and said she wanted to get one of his drawings tattooed on her. They agreed on the drawing, and after it was permanently inked, they both loved the result. Gene says, "It felt really awesome. It was the first time a tattoo was a hundred percent my art. It wasn't drawn to be a tattoo. It was drawn because of something I felt, something that just came out of my head."

Since that time, Gene has further explored translating his fine art on skin, but he's quick to note that he still employs traditional tattoo technique. "The things that I tattoo - even the weird abstract work - still follow the fundamentals of tattooing. There's line work, there's contrast, there's shading, there's saturation of the colors. It's still a tattoo, just different imagery."
Beyond the weirdness (and Gene himself is a strange egg), Tattoo Culture has a relaxed friendly vibe that seems to stand in contrast to the cooler-than-cool attitude of their Williamsburg neighborhood, also known as ground zero for hipsters. The studio also holds regular art shows, exhibiting classic tattoo-inspired painting, photography, mixed media and modern works. 

Check their Facebook page for events and guest artists. Gene regularly updates his portfolio on his own Facebook page as well.

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Oct201006
12:19 PM
partycombo2.jpgI'm really excited for the opening of Tattoo Culture's anniversary group art show in Williamsburg this Friday, October 8th from 7-11PM. The tattoo studio/art gallery is our second home -- an attitude-free zone that welcomes top artists around the world to work alongside resident tattooer Gene Coffey. This week, France's Loic and Noon have arrived to create their abstract/art brut badassness.

Gene and Noon will be showing their fine art in this group show with Emma Griffiths, Bailey Hunter Robinson, Fade Kainer, Dan Marshall and Liorcifer, among others. There'll be beer, snacks, and as usual, really hot people in attendance.

Hope to see ya there!
Apr201013
05:03 PM
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I've had Boyz 2 Men in my head all week.  Why, you ask?  Because it's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday your stoner-metal band.  After five great years, three free records, two vocal polyps and enough miles clocked on the van's odometer to rival our bar-tab, we're putting Dogs of Winter to sleep.

The odds of a 20-year reunion tour kicking off at Budokan are pretty slim, so it's safe to say that tomorrow night's show at Public Assembly in Willisamburg, Brooklyn, will be our final show.  Come on out and say "hello" to Marisa and myself at the bar (or, if it's after the show, I'll be outside, slumped against the building, trying not to vomit from exhaustion).

Wednesday, April 14th - $8 cover
Shaire Gorgiiss Presents
Hipsterwrectomy at Public Assembly
70 N 6th St - Williamsburg, BKLYN

8pm - (doors)
9pm - Dogs of Winter
10pm - Wolves of Flatbush
11pm - Sealed with a Kiss
12am - Born of Scars

Tell the doorman that you're there to see "Dogs of Winter" - you'll be happy you did.
Oct200913
10:58 AM
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Tattoo Culture in Williamburg, Brooklyn has always been a second home for me. Owner Chris Budd has given his big, beautiful studio over as our Needles & Sins party and gallery space, an office for me to blog when I wanna break outta my apartment, and just a hangout of good friends and artists from all over the world.

Now, Tattoo Culture has found a home here on this site in their advertising support, as you'll find their distinct logo to the left.

Resident artist Gene Coffey is skilled at all styles, from abstract to Japanese to lettering and, most important, his clients love him because he doesn't bring attitude to the studio but a great sense of humor. His work is featured in this post.

gene coffey 1.jpgWhat also makes Tattoo Culture special is that it acts as a concierge studio to international tattooists, artists who bring tattoo styles that are rare to find even in the NY metropolis, like the Art Brut style of Noon or the blackwork of Daniel DiMattia. Other artists have included Max.Schmal of Austria, Jake Abandonment and Adam of Darklite from Australia, Sento of Spain, among may others.

The current guest artist is my homegirl Emilie aka Klak of Belgium who is an old school tattoo diva but can rock a black & grey piece like she came from LA. Emilie will be tattooing at the studio until mid-November.

In fact, she's taking over for the week as Gene and Chris head to this weekend's Evian Tattoo Show in France. Chris will be taking photos and bringing back a report for Needles & Sins, so look out for that in the coming weeks.

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May200921
12:00 AM
noon chest tattoo.jpg Good readers, let me take this time to suggest you toss out that old tape recorder from the 80s you may have used to interview various tattoo artists in the past, especially if you've recently discovered that during your latest interview it failed to record anything at all and, instead, still has the four gloriously terrible songs from your short-lived lark of a synth-heavy goofball hardcore band AXXX WOUND.

Good thing I was able to hang out with French tattooer Noon for a few weeks before getting him to sit down for an interview. So instead of a nice and neat little Q and A, you get a nice and neat little quasi-article from some feverishly taken notes before Noon booked for more international travels. And while it seems Noon is constantly on the move, he's made a semi-permanent home at Tattoo Culture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, usually returning twice a year.

Recently featured in the May issue of Total Tattoo, Noon has created a style instantly recognizable and completely his own. It's something I'd rather let him describe, though he plainly says, "It's difficult to explain. I would say it's minimalist, it's singular. I don't know if there's a real name for this. The way I started was with the idea that the tattoo could be finished with only the line."

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Growing up in a town full of ex-cons and gypsies, Noon's studied how they tattooed. "I watched them attach needles to pencils and set the ink bottle on a small plate over a flame. Very basic. I was young and in the poor part of town. All the guys there were tattooed and tattooing all the time. So I watched them. And at ten years old, I already knew how they did it. There was no color, no fill, only the line."

Noon's gypsy education could only go so far. He retained the basics and began to learn himself. He explains, "There were no magazines, no Internet. So in 1996 I got the address of Mickey Sharpz in London and I bought everything I could! I practiced on myself, I was always on the phone with Lionel (from Out of Step Tattoo) and we'd go back and forth asking 'How do you do this?' 'What's working for you?' It was not so easy then."

"I like the look and feel," he says, making motions with his hands that seem to be building something in mid-air. He plans to keep painting but he is a tattooist first. "Always tattooing," he says, "until they shkkt! -- chop off my hands."

Noon will be back at Tattoo Culture from November 9th through the 22nd. He's currently taking appointments via email.
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