At Gallery 13 Tattoo in Tunkhannock, Eric Brocious hopes to promote more than just body art.
Last week, the business formerly known as Tunkhannock Tattoo moved from its Warren Street location to a space on 13 E. Tioga St., which Farmers Insurance recently left vacant.
The name change reflects Brocious’ goal to feature other forms of visual art through his tattoo shop.
“It’s going to be more of an art gallery type setting,” he said. “I did have art events before and they were successful, but I feel like I can do a lot more with this space.”
Utilizing the openness of the shop’s new space, he hopes to promote his art outside of tattooing, as well as the works of creators in nearby and outside areas. The new location also allows his business to become a bigger part of downtown Tunkhannock.
At this time, Brocious has created most of the art featured when you walk into the shop.
The artist has experience in multiple mediums, including oil paints, acrylics, watercolors, graphite, pencil, charcoal and pen/ink.
“The last number of years, I’ve been delving into more abstract cubism, or post cubism, mixed with illustration,” he said. “It’s kind of an amalgamation of my background in illustrative art, tattoo art and the early 20th century cubist movement. The last series of paintings I did were more like watercolor realism, which is a bit of a diversion.”
The Center Moreland native started his tattooing apprenticeship in 2006, which involves education on safety and cleanliness along with a ton of drawing before even touching skin with a needle.
Before opening his own business in 2015, he worked in other shops such as Electric City Tattoo in Scranton.
With these changes, Brocious said his clients could still expect the same levels of quality, cleanliness, courtesy and integrity as before, which he believes are integral to a tattoo shop.
“I’m very proud of my track record with clients and how happy they are with their experience and the quality of work they receive,” he said. “I have a lot of people tell me I make the process comfortable.”
He plans to remain available by appointment at least four days a week and bring in guest tattoo artists now that he has extra space to accommodate them. If possible, he would also like to set aside walk-in hours at the shop.
In addition to Wyoming County clientele, Brocious also has loyal customers from Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and other areas who wear his art.
Whenever he runs into somebody he tattooed, especially if it’s been a number of years, he always wants to see if they’re still happy with the tattoo and how it has held up over time.
“It’s rewarding. I love seeing it,” he said. “I get to make a living doing artwork in general, and it’s more than I could ever ask for.”
To make an appointment at Gallery 13 Tattoo, call 570-665-1362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit gallery13tattoo.com for more information.