gnos·tic / ˈnästik /
adjective: Of or relating to knowledge, esp. esoteric mystical knowledge.
The latest opening at the Loom Shops is Gnostic Tattoo. Like the name implies, the artists there are about more than decoration. The studio represents a tattoo culture with a deep, almost religious, connection between body and ink. They believe tattoos represent where we come from and what we care about. They are not just decals for Bohemia.
The owner, Leaf Chang has been a bike messenger and tattoo artist in New York for the last ten years. Working the most social jobs imaginable introduced him to connections in tattooing and meeting the other like-minded tattooees and -ers. Living in Bushwick, he wanted to contribute to the community, while maintaining integrity so we don’t become Williamsburg, Part Deux, just yet. It’s a welcomed addition given that there is a shortage of tattoo shops in this part of town.
All the resident artists here — Leaf, Hrukti Kokayi, Nick Chai-Chang, Maggie Cho — represent a new generation in tattoo culture; Merging art school training with ink and needle has made skin the ultimate canvas. The work sways contemporary, but these guys have talent, they can handle what you want. Each one injects his or her own style into the design.
This is a great shop so check them out if you’re looking to get something done. I’d get on it quick before the rest of Brooklyn catches wind and the appointment list turns into its own calendar. They’re open every day and late night on weekends. Walkens welcome…heh.