Atelier Eva

NEW YORK: Tattooing is a vulnerable, often stressful process. That’s why world-renowned tattoo artist Eva Krbdk prioritizes a serene ambiance for her clientele. Eva explains:

“A tranquil space can make or break the tattoo experience”

It’s important to minimize clutter, tamp down acoustics, and ensure the lighting is rich, warm and full. I’m grateful to the talented artisans who created this unforgettable atmosphere for our clients.”

Amidst the palette of charcoal grey and eggshell white, wooden benches and dark walnut bookshelves line the entry space. Krbdk collaborated with local woodworker Cauv Design to craft sleek seating arrangements for the front of the house, minimal desks for tattooers, and spacious standing mirrors. Paintings by Turkish fine artist Murat Palta add a pop of color, while nodding to Eva’s Turkish heritage. 

The reception desk is clad in hot-rolled steel and the matching benches are made of bleached ash, with rounded grey glass inserts at one end and asymmetrical legs made of blackened maple and steel tubes. At the back, a small shelf next to a hand basin is a miniature version of the shelves lining the entryway. Gleaming against the textured cement walls, all of the metal elements were kept matte to feel more approachable.

Delicately positioned above are the modern chandeliers of Vancouver-based Matthew McCormick, whose soft-curved fill lights were inspired by an expectant mother holding her stomach. Combined with the natural light of their floor-to-ceiling windows, Atelier Eva is a breath of fresh air in the tattooing community. 

“My goal is to welcome clients into a peaceful environment, so they leave feeling calmer than when they arrived.”

Photography credit: Atticus Radley.


Based in New York, Eva Krbdk is a Turkish fine artist specializing in custom tattoos. Her studio, Atelier Eva, opened in 2020 in Brooklyn, and hosts a number of award-winning tattoo artists from around the world.


Joe Cauvel is a custom woodworker and metalworker who tailors each handcrafted piece to the unique needs of his clients. He only uses sustainable hardwoods, and plants a tree for every piece sold. 


Turkish painter Murat Palta renders Eastern and Western pop culture references into his vibrant, traditional Ottomanaesthetic. 


Canadian designer Matthew McCormick blends brushed metals with hand-blown glass to craft modern lighting concepts that are inspired by the natural world. 

Kate Shelton
Kate has led a diverse career in both the arts and business management. From dancing with the prestigious National Ballet of Canada to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ryerson to then taking on the entrepreneurial role of running a small business, Kate’s wide range of experience has allowed her to develop a keen eye for art and design. As an avid Crossfitter, Kate has a true appreciation for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and their wonderful son.