Opening of a tattoo studio on Crescent
BROCKTON — Tattoo artists are under-respected creatives in the fine art category, Derek Jesus said.
Jesus and Andy Vincente, owners of Grand Flourish Collectivetry changing that narrative one tattoo at a time.
Now you must be thinking about the correlation between fine art and tattooing? Where is the connection?
Well, it’s simple. Twenty-one years ago, in 2001, tattooing became legal in Massachusetts. If you wanted a tattoo in the 90s and early 2000s, you had to go to New Hampshire or another state where it was legal.
When you think of tattooing, the average person doesn’t think of the fine art look at all, Jesus said.
The tattoo on a living subject is different from any park mural or a blank canvas on an easel.
“Everyone’s body is a museum. The tattoo is at its peak. It has never been as popular as it is today. Each local store is sold out for a year and some change, including ours. Our next open booking is in September,” Jesus said.
The tattoo shop plans to change the narrative of tattooing by introducing a one-of-a-kind art exhibition where tattoo artists from around the world will tattoo on a canvas of artificial human skin and divide it into categories.
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The tattoo shop specializes in several techniques, from black and gray realism and fine lines to floral and color realism.
“Every artist here has their niche, and what sets our shop apart from others is that we offer solutions to everyday tattoo problems. One of them being the healing process. We offer lidocaine. and keeps customers seated longer and provides a higher quality session,” said Kim Murat, Marketing Manager, Grand Flourish Collaborative.
As a customer entering the Grand Flourish Collaborative at 826 Crescent St., Brockton, your troubles may disappear for a few hours as the needle breaks the skin and deposits ink.
“When customers come to the store, it’s a therapy session for some. We make sure they are comfortable, open to the artist and express their emotions. It’s a beautiful thing to watch. We have clients who have been through bad breakups and death, allowing them to talk about their hurt. Having a person who doesn’t know either side is a non-judgmental therapy session,” Murat said.
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Jesus has worked in the industry for over 15 years. He never intended to become a tattoo artist. Jesus and Vincente are lifelong friends who met as children and colored together in class. Their love for art grew alongside their friendship, which grew into a partnership.
Jesus is a self-taught tattoo artist who liked to draw pictures for fun at school. For six years, the artist worked for Artist For Humanity, a non-profit organization in Boston, painting murals for major corporations including Bank of America and Reebok.
Additionally, Jesus and Selena Mcalarney painted the mural on Petronelli Way in Brockton.
Painting murals was Jesus’ niche for a while until his friend introduced him to tattooing, and his life changed forever. He found a new path in the art and worked every day to improve his skills.
“I don’t believe that people are born with talent. It’s repetition that makes people great. Doing the same thing over and over and continuing to practice is what makes people great,” Jesus said.
Vincente and Jesus opened the shop on January 4, 2022 to create a unique and welcoming culture. Inside the boutique, you are greeted with minimalist decor, an open floor plan, and floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the boutique.
“Bringing the fine art and tattoo community together is my goal, and after my mother passed away, I took the risk by any means possible to open this shop. I can hear her in my head saying: ‘Don’t waste it,’ Jesus said.
The Grand Flourish Collaborative, which is open Tuesday through Sunday, is looking for a Receptionist. Send your resume to [email protected].
Alisha Saint-Ciel, corporate staff reporter, can be reached by email at [email protected]. You can follow her on Twitter at @alishaspeakss and Instagram at Alishaatv. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.