Three Kings Tattoo isn’t just about ink on arms anymore; it’s on the walls too.
After the launch of a second Manhattan Avenue shop didn’t pan out, owner Matt Marcus, saw the opportunity to pursue his other passion – art.
A resident of Greenpoint and Williamsburg for close to two decades, Marcus is well acquainted with the artistic community in the neighborhood. Hoping to create a space to champion the work of artists, including himself, he converted the space, just three blocks north of his first Greenpoint shop into a gallery.
“I’ve worked in different realms of the art community,” said Marcus. “And as a visual person I wanted to give people a voice and a place to showcase their work.”
And it didn’t take long for artists to come forward. The Gallery is already booked solid with shows through the end of the year.
Marcus said he witnessed the transformation North Brooklyn has undergone in the past two decades, but felt that Greenpoint to a large extent had continued to escape the rapid changes that plague Williamsburg.
He feels the neighborhood is still more, “culturally diverse and off the beaten path,” and continues to support young artists and entrepreneurs.
Three Kings Studio opened at the end of January, with one of Marcus’ employees, Daniel Albrigo, kicking off the proceedings by showcasing his pop art inspired paintings and photographs.
“With the strong artist community, I think it’s a great place to open a gallery,” said Marcus. “I hope we can work towards transforming this area into an artist district.”
Three Kings Studio, 754 Manhattan Avenue, for more information and hours visit http://www.threekingstattoo.com/