Greenpoint Tattoo Co. (GTC) is a sight for sore eyes given the residential corner in Brooklyn on which it’s nestled, making the drab grey apartments above less dreary with its bright baby-blue sign, wide windows, and polished wooden exterior. With walls covered in phenomenal art of all styles and a welcoming staff, you know from the second you enter GTC that you will be walking out with some killer body art. “We’ll work with any client,” says shop owner, John Reardon. “But I’d say our shop majors in Japanese and traditional tattoos and minors in everything else.”
Upon entering GTC, You are immediately greeted by a vast array of custom designs hung all over the place, many of which have been translated into tattoos on clients over the shops last five and a half (almost to the date) years of operation. There is everything from paintings done in the Japanese style to some of the most estranging takes on traditional motifs that you'll ever see. As you walk onto the parlor floor, you'll pass through a charming pair of turquoise saloon doors. There are quite a few workstations due to the number of talented tattooists working in the relatively small space.
Reardon is a longtime veteran and has experience tattooing in just about every style, but his current passion is definitely working in large scale in the Japanese style. All it takes is one look at his amazing prints to see that his devotion to the style has paid off.
Like Reardon, Chuck Donoghue is one of the shop's most experienced and versatile artists, but his forte is traditional tattoos. Whether bangers or huge back-pieces, the body art that he creates tends to be bold, bright, and full of detail. In short, his work is intense as hell.
Jason Ochoa sets himself apart from his colleagues with the weirdness of his twist on the traditional. He takes common motifs and injects them with his signature strain of strangeness. His portfolio illustrates how traditional is at its best when really bizarre.
The Nitty Gritty Details
GTC is most easily reached via taking the G train to the Nassau stop and walking a few blocks up to the northwest corner of Meserole Ave. and Leonard St. It’s also ideal for biking to since there are several racks out front with which to chain up your ride. Should all of the artists be busy with other customers, there are numerous places to eat, like Five Leaves (Reardon designed the place's sign by the way), and other entertaining spots, such as a few bookstores, a bowling alley, and etc., to pass the time. So, if you’re out to get some wild traditional, intense Japanese, or whatever else your tattoo-collecting heart desires, call up GT at (718) 349-2025, visit their website, or just drop by sometime. They can usually service walk-ins, especially on weekdays. The parlor’s open seven days a week from 12-8pm.