Tattoo artist, Eric Brocious, talks about his ability to tackle all art styles
TUNKHANNOCK — On the outside, Tunkhannock Tattoo resembles another quaint business lining the quiet streets of the borough. When one steps inside, however, they step into the mind of artist Eric Brocious.
Brocious, a local force to be reckoned with in the tattoo world, is a friendly, humble sort of fellow; not exactly they typical stereotype of the traditional tattoo shop owner.
Inside his Warren Street studio, which has been open since the end of May 2015, are warm looking walls and a cozy décor, covered head to toe with pictures of eclectic and differing pieces made throughout Brocious’s prolific art career.
“Although I’ve been tattooing almost 10 years, I’ve been an artist all my life,” he said with a smile. “It began with oil painting, but I’ve experimented in all mediums.”
His penchant for exploration shows in his tattoo ability. Brocious is known regionally as one of the most solidly well-rounded artists – capable of anything from a simplistic traditional piece with clean, bold lines and a limited color palate all the way to a painterly, hyper realistic portraits.
“I pride myself on my ability to tackle any art style,” he said. “I like to accommodate myself to what my customer seeks. I like to keep it challenging for myself.”
Even though Brocious is a jack of all trades, he is quite masterful. He’s known far and wide for his intricate, graywork realism portraits. He’s inked the likes of Freddie Mercury, Judy Garland and more onto some folks from Northeastern Pennsylvania, leaving stunning renditions and truly capturing the spirits of those likenesses he creates.
Since going into business for himself, he said that the community in Tunkhannock has been overwhelmingly supportive.
“I’ve seen all walks of life come through here,” he said. “Anywhere from the 16-year-old being brought in by their mom, to prison guards, to people I’ve known my whole life … it’s diverse.”
For those interested in seeing some of Brocious’ work on display, he will be part of the First Friday art show at the Irish Wolf Pub on Linden Street in Scranton, February 5th.
When Brocious is not at his shop, he can most likely be found playing guitar for his punk rock band, Heart Out.
“Tattooing isn’t just a job,” he said wistfully. “It is my entire life. It becomes who you are. You can’t just clock out, walk away. It’s becomes you.”
Rachel Holly is a correspondent for Weekender. Reach Weekender at [email protected]
Who: Eric Brocious, 43, of Tunkhannock
Where: Tunkhannock Tattoo, Tunkhannock
How long have you been tattooing?: Nearly 10 years
Signature style: All art styles are welcomed and encouraged
What inspires you: “I’ve been doing artwork all my life, but it began with comic books and album artwork.”
Most known for: Extremely detailed, realistic black and gray portraits
Follow him on Instagram: @ericbrocious