Sunny, airy and filled to the ceiling with plants, fine art, and some of the kindest people we’ve ever met — Fleur Noire is absolutely fucking gorgeous. It’s hard to believe that the double decker beauty located on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg has only been open for three months, as the open layout, incredibly inviting vibe, and overall airiness of the place seem to hint that it’s been around for years, but success has come seemingly overnight to the Brooklyn parlor. Of course, a shop’s aesthetic would mean nothing if its artists weren’t equally as impressive, but low and behold, Fleur Noire has this covered, too. Boasting nine artists, two floors, and a backyard, Fleur Noire is destined for legendary status among the Brooklyn tattoo community.
Opened in October of 2016, Fleur Noire is the brainchild of Laura Martinez, Sam Perry, and Burak Moreno, three incredibly talented and remarkably different artists. Stepping into the shop is like stepping into an impeccably decorated global tattoo convention. There are artists from all over the globe — including Turkey, France, Colombia, and Russia — each of whom have completely different styles. “We speak about five different languages here,” Martinez says. “We all definitely have different styles, but I would say it’s mostly contemporary blackwork.”
The trademark of the shop may be the diversity among their artists, but the disparate crew has one very important thing in common. “Overall it’s really precise,” Perry co-owner and resident apprentice, says. “Every artist here, regardless of [their individual style], just does really clean, precise line work.”
One of the things that the owners of Fleur strive for is to make you feel completely at ease. “I definitely think our shop is a little more palatable for people that aren’t involved in mainstream tattoo culture,” says Perry. “There’s a lot of femininity in this shop that’s a good balance for everybody.”
From the perfectly curated artwork that lines the concrete walls to the skylight that makes the basement stations feel a bit lighter, Fleur Noire is a gorgeous studio that makes newcomers’ first time in a studio feel more accessible. If you didn’t know any better, you might guess that you’re sitting in a friend’s apartment instead of a shop in bustling Williamsburg.
While all nine artists that work at Fleur Noire have their own unique styles, most of them tend to prefer black ink. You’ll find fine lined geometry, traditional work, and imaginative contemporary work here. Martinez, Perry, and Moreno agree that for the artists, part of the appeal of working here is the ability to learn from their peers. “We pride ourselves on everybody keeping their egos in check, and being a part of a team and a family, as opposed to there being a constant push for, ‘who’s the best,’” Perry says.
Martinez adds that even in just the three short months that the shop has been open, everyone has learned a great deal from their peers. “Some shops [that I’ve worked in] it sometimes feels like maybe you shouldn’t ask something, whereas here it’s very open. I feel like everyone is on the same level,” she says. “If you want to exchange techniques, or if someone needs [supplies], we’re all very open to helping each other out. It’s way more friendly for sure.”
The Nitty Gritty Details
Fleur Noire is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 439 Metropolitan Avenue, and is a short walk from the Marcy J and Lorimer L trains. While they do accept walk-ins, appointments are preferred, as it gives the artists more time to prepare a custom piece. You can book an appointment by calling (718) 387-0978 or by filling out this form. You can see more of Fleur Noire’s work on their Instagram.