Black Lotus Gallery, the new tattoo studio/art gallery over on Grand and Green, is all about custom work. I had a chance to speak with the owner, Jaz Toeque, who is also an artist at the shop, and he explained that Black Lotus offered something that this neighborhood has never seen before: top of the line tattooing. It has been a long journey for Toeque, who previously had a shop in Crown Heights and recently spent a lot of time on the convention circuit; however, it has all led him to settle in Clinton Hill (he grew up in Flatbush) with a shop that is ready to blow minds. One way that Black Lotus intends to do this is by highlighting the artistry of their staff, an all star team of tatto artists from around the country.
Jaz, who also pracitces in the medium of paint, stressed that all his artists were, foremost, exactly that, artists (duh). The gallery section of Black Lotus will highlight visual art created by tattoo artists (as well as other New York talent). On June 13th, there was an opening reception for an exhibition of work by Ramon Silva. There will be events every month that highlight new art. It is fairly simple, if you are serious about body ink then Black Lotus Gallery is the place to go in Brooklyn. Also, I forgot to mention that Jaz is an extremely nice guy, and extremely huggable.
(Also, C. Zawadi Morris did a great little piece on The Local about Black Lotus)
Black Lotus Gallery 212 Green Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11238 Blacklotusbk.wordpress.com