Left Hand Black began as a private studio founded by Turk in 2009 after an amicable split with his long time tattoo home and world renowned studio, Guru Tattoo. Faced with the opportunity of designing the studio however he wanted, the studio decor steered away from the typical tattoo studio feel and leaned more into the bizarre. This private studio would serve as a makeshift portal from the outside world, transporting the client into a world of medical and macabre items such as taxidermy and antique electrical devices, apothecary and embalming bottles, and a myriad of human and animal bones and skulls. As the luster of working alone wore away, and the walls began to overflow with collections of artworks by fellow tattoo artists and antique tin-types and masonic regalia, it soon became clear, Left Hand Black needed to expand!
On Friday, July 13th 2012, Turk and his wife Crystal opened Left Hand Black in San Diego’s South Park district. The opening reception was amazingly well received and hundreds of people attended the event. As you enter the studio you are immediately welcomed by the works in the gallery showcasing the current artists exhibit, or if between exhibits, collected art and current works by resident artists Turk and Bundy. All the interesting curios and collectibles that were once only visible by appointment are now open for public viewing during normal business hours. Carefully designed and lovingly displayed under the direct supervision of Turk and his wife Crystal.
Left Hand Black has the capability of housing four artists but currently has only two full time tattoo artists, Turk and Bundy. There being no rush to hire “just anyone off the damn street” as Turk would delicately put it, the remaining chairs lay dormant until the standard of quality that is to be expected by Left Hand Black has been met. In the meantime, the two empty booths have often been filled by well known and world renowned artists like Paul Dhuey, Marcus Kuhn, Nick Alvarez, Chris Astrologo, and more. With a laundry list of other amazing guests slated to begin early 2013.
Left Hand Black is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 8pm with gallery exhibitions showing almost every month. Please visit our website frequently for information on upcoming events and exhibitions.
If you are interested in showcasing your works in our gallery, please contact our curator, Crystal.
If you are interested in presenting your portfolio for employment, please email Turk directly.