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.
Tattoos have become popular as a form of individual expression, far beyond the normal late-night whims that are often associated with early ink jobs. Whatever the motivation, Addiction Ink has highly trained tattoo artists certified in blood-borne pathogen prevention who demonstrate artistic excellence in traditional, tribal and portrait tattoos. And if you don’t have a perfect design in mind, the studio’s large collection of images and photographs can provide inspiration for your next bit of ink. Addiction is also seriously committed to your physical well-being, relying only on sterilized equipment that is sanitized prior to use; they also keep surfaces clutter-free and wrapped in plastic to prevent contamination. The glowing neon shop also does piercing, with a variety of types and locations available. All of those cleanliness measures and creativity options make Addiction Ink one of the city’s most respected parlors.
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.
After receiving plenty of tattoos in parlors around the country, TJ Cantwell decided to open a studio of his own. By adopting the best from all, Cantwell created Studio 28 Tattoos on West 28th, where cleanliness always comes first. Displays of artwork do all of the talking at the studio, where Cantwell and his team share a love of tattooing. The shop dabbles in a wide array of custom-made possibilities, from traditional Celtic and tribal tattoos to exotic dragons and full ink sleeves, but photo-realism and horror is their bread and butter. With such a focus on craft and artistry, it’s no wonder Studio 28 Tattoos was recently named one of the best tattoo studios in New York City.
At the helm of Wake Up…With MakeUp! is Barbara Strafella, a 20-year beauty-industry veteran who knows how to renew visages with treatments tailored to each individual’s skin ailments. After sleuthing around skin for impurities, the specialist begins a deep cleansing to rid pores of dirt, oil, and whac-a-moles. While skin gorges on the epidermal desserts that arrive inside the custom-formulated mask, the aesthetician’s lithe fingers dance a relaxation-inducing number across T-zones and necks. To top off the visage refurbishment, under-eyes don a potent vitamin C mask for 10 minutes in order to brighten the sensitive skin surrounding peepers and ward off optical scurvy.
When preparing to work on a new tattoo, Sinjed repeatedly assures his clients that his equipment is sterile and his studio is safe. Those same promises don't extend to his work itself. With his needle, Sinjed turns crossed forearms into city skylines, backs into altars for patron deities, and abdomens into scenes of lions on the savannah. The artist specializes in black and white designs and portraits, which means that clients can finally memorialize a fallen relative or bring to life that dream about Steamboat Willie playing chess with Death.