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Allied Tattoo: At the Heart of a Blooming Arts District

Allied Tattoo: At the Heart of a Blooming Arts District

NYC3 min Read

In this edition of Tattoodo's NYC Shop Guides, we’re off to a bustling little street shop in the heart of Bushwick.

Right when you get off the L train at the Morgan stop, you’re greeted with some of the best graffiti and murals in all of Brooklyn. Over the last few years, the post-industrial neighborhood surrounding the shop has been transformed into a full-fledged arts district. Less than half a decade ago, this vibrant urban landscape was nothing but a monotonous series of rundown warehouses, but thanks to the artistic endeavors of individuals like those who work at Allied Tattoo, it’s become a bastion for creativity.

Benjamin Haft taking a quick break at Allied Tattoo (IG—allied_tattoo). #AlliedTattoo #BenjaminHaft #NYCtattooshops

Shop Overview 

The team at Allied Tattoo hard at work (IG—allied_tattoo). #AlliedTattoo #NYCtattooshops


If the bold colors of American traditional aren’t your thing, there are two artists specializing in creating darker pieces of body art. Joseph Bryce produces exquisite blackwork tattoos of figures like flowers and animals, and Noel C makes badass black and grey bangers of tried and true traditional imagery.

Allied also frequently has awesome guest artists, such as Sheila Marcello and several other talented tattooists who do weekend gigs there from time to time.

One of Sheila Marcello's wicked lady heads (IG—sheilamarcello). #AlliedTattoo #ladyhead #NYCtattooshops #SheilaMarcello #snake

The Nitty Gritty Details

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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