brooklyn tattoo artist


Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S04E01:

“Look at her calf. It’s a tattoo of Jesus punching Bin-laden in the nuts.”
“Hmm…maybe a local tattoo artist will recognize it. It can’t be that common.”
[Later, at the tattoo parlor]
“Okay, that’s the most common tattoo we give.”
“So, these photos tell us nothing?”
“Actually, you know what, that’s a high school graduation ring. Dan Marino High, class of 2003.”


The Eight of Swords Tattoo Studio & Art Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn presents an exhibition of original works, From Darkness to Wonderland, by Brazilian artist Lore Morato. From Darkness to Wonderland explores Morato’s inspired universe through elements of nature, femininity and mysticism.

The exhibition opens on May 8, 2015 and continues through July 1, 2015.

The opening reception takes place at the gallery on Friday, May 8 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. 115 Grand St. Brooklyn, NY 11249

About the artist, Lore Morato…

A self-taught painter and tattooer, Lore Morato has displayed her work at galleries in Germany, Brazil and in the states. She has discussed her art in interviews on two prestigious blogs: and Morato’s neo-traditional body of work uses classic tattoo symbolism with a mix of mysticism and spirituality. She currently travels the world sharing her experiences and insights with those she meets.

The elements depicted in From Darkness to Wonderland capture the universe following Morato’s first Brazilian ayahuasca ceremony. Ayahuasca is a brew commonly used in spiritual experiences in the Andean states of South America. Morato’s exposure to the ritual was followed by world travel resulting in self-awareness and the strength to embrace her darkest shadows.

“Face the darkness,” says Morato, “then you can see the beauty … there is no light without darkness, and within darkness is a magical realm.”

From Darkness to Wonderland will inspire you to follow dreams.

For more on Lore Morato and her artwork visit

Join us for the opening reception where you can meet the artist! Free drinks and a great times guaranteed!


Our February interview series kicks off with a dude we’re all trying to get to permanently mark our skin - Brooklyn tattoo artist Bailey Hunter Robinson .

Lets start with the scoop :

Bailey Hunter Robinson - 32 .
I am originally from rural Alabama and currently reside in NYC.
I have a 4 year old daughter that lives apart from me so I take trips often to stock up on hugs and buy hello kitty paraphernalia. Hi Cora…

Jeweler : I occasionally make jewelry in the vein of 1930s style Fred Harvey era stuff and earlier. I started making jewelry just for myself and a few pals, I really wanted to preserve some of the really old pieces that I have collected over the years so I replicated a few of them. I never wanted there to be the only one….I worry about things disappearing.

Tattooer : I am a tattooer and have been for 10 years, I have worked in a lot of different shops over the years, I now work from a private studio and do guest spots. As far as tattooing goes I’d make the style of tattoos I make if nobody wanted them and I was forced to work out of a card board box or something, which it may come too one day…. I just love doing older style designs. hahaha I think I just like what I like and feel comfortable with….I am very happy when I am tattooing and I have a great clientele who trusts me and we have a pretty damn good time sitting around for a few hours talking while I work.

Inspirations : I am inspired by a lot of the things I grew up with. I grew up hunting, fishing and shooting guns. My parents were both antique collectors and my father loved early Native American art, rugs and pottery. I have so many talented friends and acquaintances who also inspire me in both work and life. I tend to pull my tattoo inspiration from pre 1940’s tattooers, but I am also constantly humbled and inspired by many current tattooers.

Personal favorites :
I have an affection for engineer boots and cowboy boots ,old beat up Mexican, Indian and Persian rugs, shitty farm trucks, old motorcycles, cheap beer ,western shirts, antique jewelry, old pistols, lever action rifles, sad songs and dark haired women……

We asked Bailey a few more personals from family history to his favorite diner …. stay tuned!

Shop/Location: Itzocan Tattoos in Brooklyn, NY. 
Artist: Juan Ortega

Out of my other 4 tattoos, this is my first art piece.

To put it simply; it represents the embracement of everything in it’s entirety. I believe we must love and embrace things not just for their light, and beauty, but also for their darkness and parts of them that aren’t so easy to love… because without it we wouldn’t truly know how to appreciate the good. Flaws should not decrease anyone’s worth. In fact, I find that they do quite the contrary. 
If you’re going to love someone, love them entire. Loving them in half will only leave you absent of what it is you truly need.  

I chose to keep the wolf because it’s an animal I adore and respect. It’s fierce, protective and terrifying, yet beautiful and loyal, loving & caring all at once. Among other things of course. 

Let the healing begin!