Best Tattoo Parlor - 2007
They say the clothes make the man. If that adage holds true, then the tattoo artists make the, er, tattoo parlor. That's what makes Evermore Gallery in Edwardsville worth the trek east. Carrie Davini's work is sharp, full of eye-popping colors that look straight out of a vibrant comic book, while Chris Quidgeon's ability to render lifelike faces and precise script belies his attention to detail. But just as important as artistry at least to those with low pain thresholds and a fear of ink fading or spreading is how Evermore makes newbies feel confident in their tattoo choices. There are no secrets or surprises to their craft: While the prospective tattooed can schedule a consultation visit with a particular artist or even fax in ideas for an opinion Evermore's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/evermoregallery) contains extensive galleries that demonstrate clearly who would be best for your foray into body art. Heck, even a quick call to the gallery yields a friendly, informed opinion. Open from noon to 9 p.m. every day but Sunday, Evermore makes getting inked a less-than-painful experience.