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Best Cutting-Edge Gallery Space 

Mercy Seat Tattoo

It's de rigueur for many Crossroads District businesses to nod at the neighborhood's assortment of artists and galleries by including their own small gallery spaces. Sure, there are dentists and eye doctors who mount great First Friday exhibits, but come Monday, it's back to root canals and dilated pupils. But Mercy Seat Tattoo's whole business model is based on the creation and display of colorful art. "Big Daddy" Ed Roth would be right at home at the Mercy Seat; with its serious bookcases and pseudo-Victorian, wood-appointed interior design, the space is an ornamental setting for the distinct styles and edgy subject matter regularly selected for exhibition. Its sensibility is often louder and, dare we say, gaudier than the finer work displayed monthly at other galleries, but we love how the lowbrow art movement of regionalist surrealism predominates.

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