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Clinton Hill Loses Only Tattoo Shop to East Williamsburg

By Janet Upadhye | July 11, 2013 8:21am
 Greene Ave Tatoo moved to Grand Street in East Williamsburg where the locals "are more likely to want tattoos," artists at the shop say.
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CLINTON HILL — Greene Ave Tattoo will no longer make its mark on Clinton Hill.

The neighborhood's only tattoo shop moved to East Williamsburg in search of an edgier crowd.

"Clinton Hill has turned into more of a Park Slope with a very family-oriented crowd," shop manager and tattoo artist John Evans said. "The demographic in East Williamsburg is more likely to get tattoos."

Greene Ave Tattoo was opened in 2009 by Brooklyn-born tattoo artist Jaz Toeque who then told The Local that "people will understand and appreciate what we’re doing here more than any other place, I believe."

But it wasn't long before posh organic food market Choice Greene opened next door and the neighborhood began to feel different.

"It felt like a yoga studio should have been in the space," Evans said.

And with higher rents for less space in Clinton Hill, leaving the neighborhood seemed imminent.

Greene Ave Tattoo celebrated the grand opening in their new space at 755 Grand St. in late May. They are keeping their name.

And though business was never bad, it has picked up since the move, Evans said.

A sign on their old storefront at 212 Greene Ave. notes that a new restaurant is coming soon.