Greenpoint Tattoo co. John Reardon Greenpoint Tattoo Company Opens on Meserole Jul 28, 2011 by Kevin Viani
John Reardon wrote the book on tattoos. now he wants Greenpoint to be part of the illustrations. Reardon, author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to getting a Tattoo opened his new tattoo shop on Meserole Avenue on July 15th with a family and friends reception that Reardon could only describe as a blur of well-wishers. That momentum has continued with a steady flow of customers for the past two weeks.
Greenpoint Tattoo Company combines classic tattoos with originals designed by Reardon and his staff artists Chuck Donaghue and Hilary White. all three come from different parts of the city and bring their own clientele.
According to Reardon, opening a tattoo parlor in his adopted neighborhood is the perfect choice. “I live here and everyone I know is slowly coming over here. It’s calm, quiet, and cheap. There are so many positive things about Greenpoint.”
The location of the shop embodies the feelings Reardon has about his surroundings. the shop, nestled behind a gate, on the ground floor of a house, is tidy and has a large, open workspace. the walls are lined with displays of available tattoos, but Reardon encourages clients to have an idea of what they want.
“It’s easy when they come with a theme and we can figure something out. then we can give them exactly what they want.” Reardon enjoys creating his own designs but would like to do more flash tattoos (traditional, old school ink). Flash designs available to customers are featured throughout his store with numerous dragons, skulls and hearts with “MOM” strewn across the front.
Before opening Greenpoint Tattoo Company, Reardon worked on his clients in a private studio and at Saved Tattoo. he relishes being able to display his favorite creations on his own website and on the walls of his own studio, a luxury he did not have until he opened Greenpoint Tattoo Company. the entire shop is custom art by Reardon. the windows are inked with custom logos. His previous work is showcased on counters and a wall, leaving space for new creations. “This shop is a chance not only to tattoo but to display my work.”
In addition to body art, Reardon works on designs for local businesses, having helped to create logos for five Leaves, Huckleberry Bar and Pates et Traditions. he also sells tattoo type drawings and artwork. “I want to get to where I can sell tattoo related pictures. if I lose an arm or get arthritis then I have something to fall back on.”
Though he does work on other artwork, Reardon knows his calling will always be tattoos. he continues to push his paper and design work, but hopes his tats will become well known around the neighborhood. “I would rather tattoo people than paper. It’s what I do.”Greenpoint Tattoo Company 131 Meserole AvenueTuesday-Sunday from 12:30am-8:00pm