Less than a year after we brushed elbows with Rihanna at “the most buzzed about tattoo shop in the history of man” at 26 Clinton Street, Bang Bang (aka Keith McCurdy) packed up his crew and moved on. Last night, the space was playing host to a different New York niche culture – call it revenge of the nerds.
Six years ago, Mike McNelis became a regular at Three Kings tattoo parlor by playing softball just as much as by getting inked. Originally from Detroit, McNelis works at Benjamin Moore Paints, helping contractors, architects, and designers find the best paint for their needs. The 37-year-old got into the paint game 15 years ago while putting himself through school at the University of Michigan and working for a painting contractor. After getting the itch to move, he bounced from Detroit to New Haven and then over to New York.
Russia-born artist Anton Zolotov is drawing outside the lines with Black Square, a tattoo shop/book and zine store opening this Monday in Williamsburg. He considers the shop to be an art project rather than a business and is focused on creating a place where people can just chill. “I wanted to do something that I haven’t seen done yet, a different take on tattooing,” he told B+B. “People can hang out here and it will be more about that, not just getting tattooed.”
East Villagers seeking fresh ink – don’t forget to Google Map before you go. A little over a month ago, vegan tattoo parlor White Rabbit Tattoo moved from East 10th Street to a new location at 121 Essex Street. And now Maria Tash, body-piercer to the stars, has relocated from East Fourth Street to a spanking new location at Avenue A and Second Street.