The former Sunset Boulevard storefront that once housed the Echo Curio, a gallery and performance space that was forced to close last month, did not remain vacant very long. It was quickly leased by Studio City tattoo artist Howard Teman, who expects to open his second shop in Echo Park, called T-Man Tat-2, by the middle of this month. Teman’s shop will join the other half-dozen tattoo parlors that already operate along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. More could be opening soon, with talk of a tattoo artist being considered to fill an Echo Park Avenue storefront. Is there enough bare skin left in Echo Park for Teman to turn a profit? Teman is betting there is by focusing on the artistry of tattoos instead of an “assembly-line approach.” A big comfy, red velvet couch is also part of his strategy to create an attractive environment. “This will be the place to hang out,” he said Monday as he painted the interior of the Echo Park store on Sunset Boulevard near Laveta Terrace.
Teman, a poster artist who turned to tattooing about eight years ago, said rates at his Studio City shop start at $180 an hour but wants his Echo Park rates to be “neighborhood friendly” and will adjust prices if needed. The shop, which will be run by tattoo artist Daniel Thomas Chambers, will stay open late to cater to the bar and club crowd.