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Tattoo Shop Planned for Greenport Village

Henry Avila says he's working on creating a buzz in advance of his planned April opening.

Is the North Fork ready for a tattoo parlor?

According to 29-year-old Miami Beach-native and self- described “tattoo connoisseur”, Henry Avila, the answer is yes, but not just yet.

Avila, a bartender at , first discovered the North Fork when he was asked by one of the restaurant’s owners to join the staff.

“I got to Greenport and saw the potential for a tattoo shop,” Avila said, “so I rented a location and just ran with the idea.”

Don’t expect to get inked at that location, 213 East Front Street, right next to , any time soon, however. Avila doesn’t plan on opening the shop until April.  Right now, he’s simply working on generating a buzz, which involves getting more than fifty North Fork residents, who have already signed on, inked before the winter sets in.

“I’m inviting two of my artists up from Miami and we are going to open a private tattoo shop for Maritime Weekend to continue the buzz,” Avila explained. “This way, everyone can walk around all winter sporting one of our tattoos. Who are you gonna trust more than a local who's wearing the artwork?”

Avila’s in-house artist is expected to be veteran tattoo artist Miki Foged of Indian Creek Tattoo in Miami Beach, who did all of Avila’s tattoos. Foged’s shop was built on a similar concept, according to Avila, bringing a tattoo parlor into a place where there was none, but certainly a market.

North Fork Tattoo is just one component of Avila’s business, however, and will be part of X Marks the Spot, which will sell items geared toward men and women interested in motorcycle and tattoo culture.

“There is a huge biker market here that no one has tapped into,” Avila said, pointing to the area’s popularity among motorcycle enthusiasts. “X Marks the Spot is going to be a biker and tattoo-oriented clothing store for men and women with North Fork Tattoo in the back.”

Avila points out a cultural shift in the village, noting the success of its new downtown skate shop and believes that his store would compliment it, along with the culture shift in the village.

“What I am trying to do is a little cutting edge,” Avila admits, “but it’s going to bring new life to Greenport.”

What do you think? Is Greenport ready for a tattoo shop? Let us know in the comment boxes below.

Alexa September 07, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Innovative and new. I can't wait to see what comes out of it!
Armand De Luca September 07, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Is this really what we need Greenport?
Concerned September 07, 2012 at 12:29 PM
selling tattoos is selling regrets
nfmom September 07, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Lets not be judgmental. Judgement is what should be regretted. I am a mother of three, upstanding citizen and activity in the community. I have 3 tattoos and am about to get my 4th. No one who has ever met me would consider me the wrong kind of person. Judging someone because the choose to display art on their skin, to represent something meaningful to them is something that contributes to all the awful, terrible things that happen in this world. Look around you, all the colors, cultures, differences and embrace it. Enjoy it and feel blessed by it! Should I choose to go to Greenport to visit a new tattoo studio I would likely spend time in the surrounding shops and restaurants as well. I'm sure those establishments would welcome me and my wallet. That can't be wrong or regretted.
Concerned September 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Their is nothing wrong with getting tattoos. I just have never met anyone who at some point wish they had not gotten the tattoo. Maybe the day after or maybe 40 years later. But at some point, regret. I also have seen friends get them removed with lots of pain from the process. To each there own at the end of the day.
Erin Schultz (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Michelle N Scott Edgett said on Facebook: "No, don't think it will fly, Greenport is a difficult place, but if it opens, best of luck!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Barbara Haggerty said on Facebook: "I think it will without a doubt make it"
Eve Julia September 07, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I think it's wonderful! I was inked by Miki Foged, who is great and have no regrets. It's individual expression and it is a new era we are living in. Way to go Henry Avila and much success. EJulia, Miami, Florida
Andrea Kavajian September 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Would love to see a tattoo shop in Greenport. I think it would be a great addition. Whether or not you would get one, it can't be denied that tattoos are a part of our society.
Debra September 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Oh my god!!I don't care for this type of business opening up either. Maybe doing temporary ones is a better idea since I totally agree with the person above most people end of regretting them at some point in their lives so the temp ones is a great idea.. More people would get them if they didn't last forever. . This is a better business idea..I am an artist and I find them ugly and low class on some level. Why do people even fancy the idea and then regret them.. bad idea in the first place sorry I am a very open minded person but theses never go away and fade look bad and then laser cost to much money to remove them and leaves a scar to boot!! I don't like this like at all so sorry to say...
Frank T September 07, 2012 at 05:03 PM
What does Mr. Avila mean by "there is a culture shift in Greenport"?
GeorgeSchneider.com September 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Best wishes, Hank! "Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." — Apple Computer Inc.
Robin September 07, 2012 at 06:02 PM
If someone wants a tattoo they'll get one whether its in Greenport or up the Island. I wish them all the best in their new endeavors.
Avery September 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Debra, If you're so open minded and not judgmental, then why are you trashing the idea? By living in Greenport, NY, which I believe is located in the United States, allows people to chose what they want to do. Who cares if people might regret a tattoo the next day or 40 years later? it's THEIR choice. People like you and "Concerned" are more than welcome to express your opinion, but don't try and make something not happen because you think tattoos are for those of the lower class. I know plenty of C.E.O's, lawyers, and doctors that live in the North Fork alone, and what do you know, they're tatted up. I'm all for this idea, cheers and good luck to you Henry
Concerned September 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Whoa, I said to each their own, live and let live. I do not care about a tattoo shop or if everyone gets a tattoo. who cares! I hope its successful and we increase the motorcycles coming to Greenport five fold. Perhaps the motorcycle noise will drown out the helicopter noise overhead!
Jennifer Wood September 07, 2012 at 09:33 PM
So excited, good luck Henry! I know quite a few locals that will frequent the shop, including myself. (A real estate agent, owner of a wellness center, Zumba instructor, and mother!!)
Caroline Waloski September 07, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Personally I would not wear a permanent tattoo, but would welcome the creativity and possible lift for the sagging economy. I would hope the tattoo parlor would generate publicity in the media. As a fine artist and gallery owner, I say no harm, and only positive things can come from bringing in a hip young art crowd. Keith Haring started as a graffiti artist. Good luck to Henry Avila.
sally manwaring September 08, 2012 at 02:05 AM
So excited,where can we sign up? I am a career woman,wife and mother with tattoos,& would love another!
Erin Schultz (Editor) September 08, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Pamela Martin Dors (friends with Dan Horton) commented on North Fork Patch's link. Pamela Martin Dors wrote on Facebook: "That's pretty exciting! Greenport needs more than just restaurants and upscale shops. This will bring a new feel to town. As a mother of 3 along with two tatts I see nothing wrong with ink. It's an expression of art with the body being the canvas... I wish I was on the "list" of the first 50!!"
Sharon Sailor September 08, 2012 at 03:38 AM
How can I get more info about the private tatoo shop at Maritime? As for the idea, why not Greenport? Stop letting everyone make individuals decisions! No one is fforcing anyone to get a tatoo!! We are capable of free choice in this country, at least in theory. I also hope they have temposry ines; would love to sport one for awhile, but fior me a forever one would be down the road! Good luck!!
Degg September 08, 2012 at 08:58 AM
Tattoo: A permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.
Donna September 08, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Sign me up! I work in a people based industry and have a number of tattos. Having a tattoo or numerous tattoos, in no way, means you're a bad person or a misfit. I have a favorite artist, yes, but would be willing to try the new guy out. If it opens and survives, great. Don't judge unless you want to be judged!
John September 08, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Hopefully the "artist from Florida" and the "private shop" that will operate for Maritime Festival will or has complied with… NYS. § 461. Permit required. No person shall be a body piercing specialist or tattooist and no person, firm, corporation, partnership, or other association shall operate a body piercing studio or tattoo studio without first obtaining a permit from the department. All body piercing or tattooing shall be performed in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the commissioner pursuant to the public health law. The department shall issue a permit if the body piercing specialist and body piercing studio or tattooist and tattoo studio are in compliance with this article, the penal law and the state sanitary code and are not otherwise disqualified under this article. Otherwise, good luck with an innovative business idea for Greenport, I think you will do extremely well.
Kait September 09, 2012 at 02:04 PM
How about, Tattoo: A permanent reminder of the happiest day of your life. Or a permanent reminder that you overcame something you never thought you would. Or even simpler, an artistic representation of self.
Nise Vasi September 09, 2012 at 05:57 PM
This is so exciting and I love this idea! Im sure most of my friends will too...considering there are more of us with tats (several tats) than with out. Please keep us filled in with more info about the Maritime Fest!! Best of Luck!!
Sharon Sailor September 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
As far as tatoo: permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. Many of us could say the same about pur kids! Lol. Relax let's get bsck to a tome when individuals make their own choices, we don't need to be 'looked out for' at every turn!
Jeanne Genovese September 13, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Sign me up! How do we get in touch to schedule one? Would love one for my bday on the 28th!
barbara radich September 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Henry ,Should team up with the new skate board /art shop on Main street .Might be a good fit !,and I think there is a down stair's too ! Good luck Sir
barbara radich September 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Why not ? You has a palm reader in town ! Really !!!??!?!?!?!kmajbhgnrhfshvd

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