Gristle Tattoo, located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the kind of shop we wish we would have gone to for our first tattoo. In lieu of endless rows of flash art, which can sometimes be overwhelming for a newcomer, Gristle’s interior walls are lined with a rotating selection of fine art from various artists around the world. The current art show on display is unicorn themed. Yes, you heard right. Gristle Tattoo is decorated with unicorns. So if this is your first time (or second, or fiftieth) in a tattoo shop, Gristle’s welcoming and somewhat magical interior is there to ease your worried little heart and put you in the right mindset to get a tattoo.
Located on Bushwick Avenue, Gristle prides itself on two things: they are a completely custom tattoo shop, meaning each piece is a unique, one of a kind creation for the client. No repeats, no slight variations — an original. Gristle is also an entirely vegan shop. Founder Dina DiCenso says that many times, people don’t realize that most tattoos aren’t vegan to begin with. “The ink, the stencils, the ointment, and the razors [we use] are all vegan,” DiCenso explains. “It used to be that there would be animal bone char in the ink, but the ink really isn’t the problem anymore, it’s the rest of the products. They tend to have animal based glycerin and lanolin in them.”
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