Located at 184 Noll Street, MEATTT Inc., explores the world of humorous and artistically inclined tattoo art in a modernized butcher shop, complete with a meat cooler, weighing scale and meat curtains to create the unique atmosphere.
“In this day and age, it seems like tattoos are more accepted so I guess it’s easier, but in the same sense the market is flooded and there are thousands of tattoo artists out there,” Heintze said. “There’s so much competition out there, so it’s about how you can be different.”
Before opening MEATTT Inc., she spent years practicing on drawing boards, pigskins and eventually herself.
“I started on grapefruits, oranges and pork belly,” Heintze recalled.
She later took a job as a traveling tattoo artist, building up her reputation as well as her skills.
Now just months in the business, she said her shop has seen customers from all over Long Island, however it is still an uphill battle to maintain a solid customer base.
“We’re doing these specials now on the weekends, but I feel like people just need to know we’re here,” she said. “A lot of our advertising is done on social media and Instagram, so it’s really a trickle-down effect.”
After attending the California Institute of the Arts and later Parsons The New School for Design with a focus on graphic design, Heintze said she developed a clear vision of the type of tattoo artist she wants to be.
“I’m an artist,” she said. “I’m looking at tattooing as an art form versus just flash art at street shops.”
For better or worse, one thing that sets her business apart from other tattoo shops in the city is that MEATTT Inc. is a female-run tattoo establishment.
“The market is saturated by men and I don’t know why that is,” she said. “It’s not that the art is different, but maybe that it’s just a historically masculine thing to do.”
While the business is still new to the neighborhood, Heintze is looking for new ways to reach out to the neighborhood and also create some interest in tattoo art.
“In the near future we’re going to have guest international artists,” she said.