Cresson Street Tattoo is a family-owned tattoo shop in the vibrant Manayunk section of Philadelphia. Originally founded by Howard Saunders in 1995, our award-winning artists continue to deliver some of the best tattoos in Philadelphia.
We're located on the corner of Cresson Street at Gay Street, just one block from the shops, restaurants and galleries of Main Street Manayunk.
If you'd like to discuss a design or schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us or drop by the shop to check out our artists' portfolios.
In 1995, Howard Saunders, along with Eric Perfect, opened Kadillac Tattoo in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, PA. For the next 18 years, through various staff members, one relocation (two doors down) remodeling and renaming, one thing remained consistant — the loudmouth, unforgettable, often obnoxious but always lovable character known to most as Cosmo.
Other than his three children, Leor, Lola, and Gram, Cosmo's shop was the one consistent love of his life. He poured his heart into it for over 18 years. I know for a fact the sense of pride he had in being able to provide for his kids doing something he truly loved.
On July 25 2013, Howie was in a motorcycle accident. For the next 3 1/2 weeks he laid in a hospital bed in a medically-induced coma. On August 18, 2013, at 3:45pm on that Sunday afternoon, my friend and brother passed away, leaving behind countless friends, family, and above all else, Leor, Lola, and Gram. My friend will not have the opportunity or the privilege of watching his kids grown up. And Leor, Lola, and Gram will not get to see their Dad smile his gold-tooth smile at them on birthdays, holidays, school functions, or in everyday life.
I have been friends with Howie for the better part of twenty years. I have stories for days. It's hard for me to put into words our relationship. Family functions, kids, birthdays, holidays, trips, shows, late night talks, confiding, advising, life...I know his family, I know his mom, i know his three wonderful children. His ex and mother of his kids, Debbie, is one of my closest friends in the world. Howie is more than my friend. He is my brother, my family. In my world, when a friend falls, I do everything I can to pick them up. Just as the two of us did for each other numerous times over the past two decades. I will always have his best interest at heart and will always have his back. Because that's what I do, for family. My friend may not be here anymore but he lives on through me, his friends, his family, Leor, Lola, and Gram, and now through his shop.
In January of 2014, we reopened Howie's shop as Cresson Street Tattoo. I'm running the shop in the name of Leor, Lola, and Gram and helping my boy continue to help provide for his three beautiful children. It's the least i can do to honor my fallen brother. I brought in other members of my family to help me with this job. I'm proud of what we are doing and am thankful for the opportunity to do this for my friend.
Tony Barris, Jackie Brown and I welcome you to Cresson Street Tattoo. This is a family affair and we look forward to seeing you. Please come by anytime. You are more than welcome and we thank you for your support.
Howie, I got ya bro...no worries....talk soon, love you.
Thank you all for listening, Geoff Gavin