When you walk into a tattoo shop in New York City, you can usually expect a certain kind of stereotypical atmosphere — a rough, masculine quality in the air, intimidating-looking dudes living in a world of tough posturing featuring a blaring hardcore soundtrack.
To say the vibe here is chill would be an understatement. The shop has gone out of its way to curate the most laid back atmosphere you could ever hope to find. The soundtrack is always pretty mellow, nothing too loud, nothing too fast. The focus at Eight of Swords is on customer service; the staff understand the value of customers, and always want to give their customers their best. They listen to clients, and love to help them arrive at informed and artistic choices for pieces. Everyone here is flexible, they all mold and adapt to their client’s needs. Betty jokingly describes the overall idea as “mellow enthusiasm.”
Eight of Swords features an amazing cast of talented artists. Each of them strive to exhibit the mindfulness and professional wisdom the shop tries to embody, while dishing out some seriously awesome ink.
In addition to making sure that their clients get great tattoos, Wallin and crew make sure that the shop is an integral part of the local community. Aside from bi-monthly art shows, the shop hosts charitable events several times a year. On March 10th, the shop will host a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit animal welfare organization. The event will also feature pets who need homes available for adoption and a bar, just in case you need help deciding to get a new best friend.
Eight of Swords is located at 115 Grand St in Brooklyn just a few blocks south of the Bedford L stop. Make sure to peruse their website here. Here you can check out some more of their work and email them for an appointment, although walk-ins are also welcome.