To merely call Mr. Kaves prolific is to understate his colorful career as an artist. The free-spirited owner of Brooklyn Made Tattoo came of age in the tunnels of the New York City transit system, where he began crafting elaborate graffiti murals before he hit his teenage years. These murals caught the attention of other local artists—not to mention the NYPD. As his persona grew, Kaves moved on to more legal forms of self-expression. He made a name for himself as an MC for the hip-hop group Lordz of Brooklyn and started crafting commissioned street art for companies such as MTV and Adidas and artists such as Beastie Boys, Metallica, and Everlast.
At his boutique tattoo parlor in Bay Ridge, Kaves continues to find new outlets for his creativity. When he doesn't have a mic or an aerosol can in hand, he expresses himself with tattoos that feature elaborate lettering and full-color imagery. Kaves and his team of incredible artists create lively tattoos six days a week at the shop.
The tattoo artists and body piercers at Addiction NYC help clients express their uniqueness by adorning them with custom tattoo work and body piercings. The portfolios of their five artists encompass everything from traditional, Japanese, Polynesian, and portrait-style artwork, most of which is drafted from scratch. Their ability to develop virtually any icon or image has earned them a loyal local following, as well as clients from other countries.
If there’s one thing the Addiction team prizes above individuality, it’s safety. During piercings, they eschew reusable guns for disposable, single-use needles. Plus, each of the artists is licensed by the state of New York and has received training on the hazards of blood-born pathogens, cross-contamination, and tattooing a horse.
Like some of the best two-in-one combinations, Tattoo Shot Lounge takes two things that work well as separate entities, tattoo parlors and bars, and combines them into one great thing. Patrons stop by the lounge for a tattoo or piercing and then head across the room to the full liquor bar. There, they raise a mojito or chocolate martini and toast to a new tribal or Laura Bush tattoo. Those with fresh ink, those with older ink, or those simply stopping by for a quick hello can also swing by the lounge on Thursday evenings for Latin Night featuring a live DJ and the throbbing beats of salsa, hip-hop, and house music.