First Pics: Eastern Pass Tattoo opens above Era Atomica

Eastern Pass Tattoo is now open above Era Atomica at 1835 E. Passyunk Ave.


The new tattoo shop is run by Scott Bakoss and Mike Hooligan. Both artists worked together at Kadillac Tattoo Deuce in Northeast Philly. Hooligan still works at Kadillac after more than 10 years as an artist there, but Bakoss now tattoos full time at their new spot on E. Passyunk Ave.


When deciding on a location for the shop, Bakoss says that they knew that they wanted a second floor spot. The location they decided on, above Era Atomica, is the perfect location, Bakoss says. To get to Eastern Pass, you must first walk through some mid-century modern furniture in Era Atomica to access the stairway to the tattoo shop. Although it would seem like an inconvenience to walk through an already standing business to get to, the clientele for Era Atomica is very much the demographic that would also like the stylings of tattoos from Bakoss and Hooligan. Eastern Pass will also be open the same hours as Era Atomica.


Previously the space was part of Tan Quest, so a lot of work needed to be done to get the shop into the condition it is today. When redesigning the location, Bakoss says that they wanted to go for a sleek, modern look to become a classier version of a traditional tattoo shop. While still very sleek and clean, the shop still has all of the tattoo artwork, skulls and more that give the shop character.






Bakoss and Hooligan are both from the pre-google tattoo generation, as Bakoss puts it, so they are pretty much have their bases covered as far as tattoo styling. They can work on any tattoo–from small designs to larger-scale portraits.

Owner Scott Bakoss tattoos Stephen Olitsky


Eastern Pass is open from 12 p.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 12 p.m. through 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 12 p.m. through 6 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, visit the shop’s website here.

11 thoughts on “First Pics: Eastern Pass Tattoo opens above Era Atomica

  • November 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Being artists, I hope they get a real sign.

    • November 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Talked to the owner about that today:

      The sign pictured is temporary while their real sign was being manufactured. It should be down shortly.

    • November 19, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Real sign was up yesterday. Hooray!

  • November 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    they knew that they wanted a second floor spot


    • November 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Come by the shop and find out. It’s awesome. Great space with natural light plus an awesome view of Passyunk Ave. Ideal set up for the private studio experience.

      • November 19, 2014 at 8:28 am

        ah, 2nd floor = lots of sunlight. Smart move.

        @Provie, maybe they can hook you up with an Olive Garden tat?

        • December 2, 2014 at 4:38 am

          Funny.. I forgot more about Italian food than you know. But I’m glad you’re having fun with all the chain restaurant references.

          • December 3, 2014 at 8:35 am

            Hai imparato tutto da mangiare al Giardino di Ulivi ….

    • November 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Cheaper rent? Just a guess…

  • November 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I think it looks AWESOME!

  • November 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I will be opening up a tattoo removal store in about 5 years.

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