New York Adorned was founded at the dawn of the NYC tattoo Renaissance. Owner Lori Leven opened up shop before the craft was legal in 1996, and has been running the studio like a well-oiled machine ever since.
One look into his portfolio will reveal some of the most laser-precise tattooing you’ve ever seen. With nary a wobbly line in sight, Stevens has a penchant for doling out impossibly clean, bright, bold, custom traditional work that is readable from across the street.
“It’s hard to make a name for yourself within traditional tattooing because they’re are so many people doing it well,” Stevens says. “But I just make sure that it all goes through the filter of me. I’m doing all the drawing. You’re never going to see one of my tattoos done by someone else unless they ripped it off, and you’re never gonna see me do someone else’s tattoo, verbatim.”
We’re happy to have had the opportunity to fly-on-the-wall Brad’s process as he brought an impossibly perfect white Hannya to life.