Echo Park tattoo shop closes before it opens

The Eastsider reported on Tuesday that yet another tattoo parlor – T-Man Tat-2 – was opening in Echo Park in the former Echo Curio space on Sunset Boulevard. Studio City tattoo shop owner Howard Teman said his Echo Park shop would focus on the artistry of tattooing to compete with the about half-dozen other tattoo shops that already operate nearby on Sunset Boulevard.  But, by Thursday, a “for lease” sign was once again hanging over the blue storefront . What happened?  Teman apparently decided there were too many tattoo shops in Echo Park. Justin McInteer, who is trying to lease out the former The Echo Curio space, told Echo Park Patch:

“He just saw so many tattoo shops in the neighborhood and got cold feet, but the end result is that he is pulling out and the space is available again, so hopefully we will find something really creative and interesting to go in there.”


  1. You know what would be creative and interesting? An art gallery/performance space for the local community! Oh…wait.

  2. Lot 1 lady couldn’t handle it. she need to be the only action on the block…

  3. Art spaces / performance spaces have come and gone in Echo Park for years ! Some successful some not ! Echo Curio was not the be all or end all ! Get over it ! ITS GONE !

    It really was not THAT all inclusive for the local community !

  4. This news just made my week. Both the people and the city of Echo Park are all better off as a result of T-Man deciding to keep his dragon crotch tattoo’s on the other side of the hill.

    I remain hopeful that someone will make positive use of this creative space and help the city continue to grow in a positive direction.

  5. Uh , Echo Park is not a City.

  6. Maybe he got the idea that everyone in the neighborhood was a tattoo critic…

  7. Desperate for a breakfast joint. DES.PER.ATE. Any entrepreneurs reading this – PLEASE OPEN A BREAKFAST JOINT. PLEEEEEASE.

  8. Maybe he got the idea that the neighborhood didn’t need another movie set for him to continue making the films he makes that are on Mytattoogirls.com.
    A breakfast spot there is a really good idea!!

  9. T-Man Tat-2? Really?

    Levah-me-alone. You got the point.

  10. @joojoobee – Yes I am aware of that, and I’m not crying into my pillow over the loss, nor did I ever claim it was all inclusive (what is??).

    I just thought it was ironic what the landlord wants is, “creative and interesting” and that’s what (depending on personal taste, I guess) he had before. As in, maybe it would have been in his best interest to assist with the permit issues if that was the only problem…

  11. A little late on this- but I just heard the real story behind the tattoo shop’s change of heart.
    It seems that one night after the lease was signed and they were in the space painting it and getting it ready, they were visited by some local gangsters. They were “friends” of another shop that wasn’t interested in more competition. Threats were made and with the aid of a couple of props- they motivated the tattooist to stay out of Echo Park.
    I’m in no way mourning the loss of another crappy tattoo shop, but hate the thought of violence winning out. Maybe I’ll take up tattooing.

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