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A Visit With 'Brooklyn's Finest' — Smith Street Tattoo Parlour

A Visit With 'Brooklyn's Finest' — Smith Street Tattoo Parlour

Tattoo Artists3 min Read

Get ready to experience a true street shop that honors its roots in this edition of our Tattoodo Guide to NYC Shops.

The slogan of Smith Street Tattoo (SSTP) might seem overstated at first, but when it comes to good, old-fashioned traditional American tattoos, it honestly is "Brooklyn's finest." While a good number of shops throughout the borough have artists who kick ass at this style, no shop specializes in it quite as devotedly as SSTP. "We are, bottom-line, a street shop, willing and able to service anybody who walks through the door," said Chris McCoy, the shop's floor attendant. "When it comes to traditional tattoos, good luck finding anywhere better."

The entrance to Smith Street Tattoo Parlour. #Brooklyn #NYCtattooshops #SmithStreetTattooParlour

The SSTP team and a few other visiting artists. #Brooklyn #NYCtattooshops #SmithStreetTattooParlour


Steve Boltz — another one of the shop’s founders — is also a masterful tattooist. His work is notable for its vibrant and heavily saturated coloration, you can make his pronounced tattoos out from a mile away. His body art is definitely some of the most spirited in the shop.

Dan Santoro brings an interesting sense of creativity to the team. While most of his work is solidly traditional, he has a looser and more playful approach to the style. It is also notable how much of his portfolio reflects the aesthetic principles of folk art. This combination of styles leads to some truly beautiful work.

Eli Quinters' body of work stands out from the crowd because he imports Chicano motifs into his take on the traditional style. He renders striking imagery like payasa girls, lowriders, and more, using heavy line weights and dense shading as opposed to soft black and grey. It's a very unique look.

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Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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