Best Tattoo Parlor - 2009
Iron Age Studios
Back in 1947 an advertising copywriter named Frances Gerety dreamed up the slogan "A Diamond is Forever" for De Beers. With all apologies to Ms. Gerety, this just ain't true. Diamonds get lost. They get stolen. They disappear in oceans and swimming pools or fall down drains. They get thrown back in the givers' faces. No, a diamond is not forever. But you know what is? A tattoo. There's no way you can get rid of one of those suckers that doesn't involve surgery. That's why you want to make sure that when you get one, it's really, really good. Since 1994, Iron Age Studios in the Delmar Loop has been the place to go. Owner Brad Fink and his crew of eleven artists create body art with skillful drawing, vibrant color — with shading, even! — that rivals anything on paper. It's no wonder their work is renowned by connoisseurs of tattooing worldwide: They are that good. Iron Age isn't cheap, but precious jewels never are.
Having heard from people that Iron Age is a great place to get a tattoo I would have to say that I disagree to no end!I drove in from Columbia because I heard great things and would rather get something that would be on my skin forever in a place I am familiar with rather than a college town tattoo parlor. Boy was I wrong. I wanted the word faith in spanish on my wrist but he said that would be too long. So i got it in english and when he wrote it out it was HUGE. I asked him to make it smaller and he said if he did it would bleed together. I told him i wanted the f in lower case and he looked at me like I was an idiot. This was my tattoo I was getting who was he to judge. Having told him this was my first tatto you think he would have been a little more friendly but he was in such a rush that I asked if I could step out for a minute because he was making me feel extremely uncomfortable. Then he said since he had already prepared the needle I would have to leave some money. I just said fuck it and he did it. The experience made my tattoo experience horrible and I hope that doesn't happen to anyone else because as much as I might want another tattoo I would never go back there again.