Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

Dude Has Red Hook’s Demolished Revere Dome Tattooed on His Shoulder

January 30th, 2009 · 3 Comments

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GL readers know of our love for the former Revere Sugar Dome and factory in Red Hook and our anger that developer Joe Sitt leveled the site, whereas something brilliantly creative could have been done with it by city officials with vision. But we digress. Late last night, Adam Suerte, the co-proprietor of Brooklyn Tattoo© on Smith Street sent us the photo above and an email that said:

I am local tattooer, painter, and co owner or Brooklyn Tattoo© on Smith Street. A few weeks ago I had a client come in, he and his wife had lived in Red Hook for over a decade, they were moving to Puerto Rico, and wanted to bring a piece of what had become home for so long. One of their favorite views down by the water was of the Revere Sugar Refinery (demolished in 2007). So, being a fan of my style, he asked me to do a drawing of the refinery, then tattoo it on him. and so it was. While I was working on him I told him of a time lapse video Gowanus lounge posted of the refinery being dissassembled, we all thought that was pretty cool. Anyway, here’s a picture of the finished product, hopefully he’s keeping it out of the sun over there.

Adam, we have two words for you: You rock. Brooklyn Tattoo is at 99 Smith. We urge someone from Coney Island or Red Hook to have an image of developer Joe Sitt, who demolished Revere and evicted Astroland, to have his face tattooed on their…you know. We’re certain Adam will do it as any true artist would.

Tags: Red Hook

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 deborah matlack // Jan 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    One of my favorite icons from the past, have taken many photos of it, but never imagined it as a tattoo. Ingenious!

  • 2 Anonymous // Jan 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Almost as bad a Tweety Bird. I don’t get it.

  • 3 lifer // Jan 31, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    To compare a tweety brid tattoo with a brooklyn landmark destroyed through gentrification, you obviously dont get it.. let me guess, you are not a native NYer, and probabbly come from somewhere where there are no worthwhile landmarks, yet you moved to a place where there are, and you dont have enough sense to appreciate them.. dont ever get tattooed…