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Ink & Iron Tattoo Parlour and Art Gallery is a custom tattoo shop located in the heart of the city of Toledo, Ohio. Since 2014, we've been a proud addition to the flourishing art community found along Adams Street in Uptown.
Specializing in custom, hand-drawn tattoos, our mission is to give our clients a tailored and individualized experience from the moment you are greeted to the congratulatory, post-tattoo hug.
It's all about comfort and community here at Ink & Iron. With our friendly, spacious atmosphere, you'll never feel confined inside a tiny booth.
Stop in today and see what makes our parlour a one-of-a-kind destination in the Glass City!
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Panda is a name that was bestowed upon me as an apprentice and it has stuck since. My real name is Mike. I am a nerdy art kid who was lucky enough to land a cool job outside of computers and comic books. I have been tattooing for almost ten years and couldn't imagine doing anything else. I consider myself truly blessed to be able to do this everyday. I would consider my strengths in tattooing to be neo-traditional and packing tattoos with color. However, I do consider myself to be well-rounded as an artist and capable of pulling off any style. I am striving to bring the artistry into each tattoo. It is important to push art first and money second. Thanks for visiting!
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A natural artist since childhood, it wasn't until Scotty turned 30 that he felt inspired to adapt his creativity to the world of tattooing. It's worked out relatively well thus far, as he received the title of "Best Tattoo Artist" for the Toledo City Paper's "Best of Toledo" contest in 2017. He enjoys drawing and tattooing diverse styles, but there's a special place in his heart for "illustrative realism" and anything that would instigate a good laugh. Scotty is always looking for unique and creative pieces to add to his ever-growing portfolio.
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Digger is the newest artist in the Ink & Iron family and has been tattooing since 2008. A comic book nerd at heart, Digger grew up dreaming that someday his skills would allow him to create art for a living, and thankfully it has. His personal artistic style lends itself to realism, though he likes to take on all genres. Digger also prides himself on his cover-up experience, he enjoys giving people a fresh new start and something they can feel proud of. He enjoys anything revolving around pop-culture, especially comic book and movie themes.
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Siri, an aspiring tattooer with a passion for pop culture and anime, has been Ink & Iron's apprentice since 2017. Her vibrant, illustrative style can be described as audacious yet adorable. Siri's ambition and dedication to the world of tattooing are in full bloom - so keep your eye on her as she pushes herself to become the next full-fledged artist at Ink & Iron, the perfect home for her cute and creepy creations!
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TATTOOING PROCESS...
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO...
DO TATTOOS HURT? WHAT DO THEY FEEL LIKE?
Thousands of needle pokes puncturing your skin over a span of minutes/hours DOES hurt, of course. However, many factors affect the pain one may feel while getting tattooed, including:
•Where on the body getting tattooed; generally skin close to the bone (wrist, skull, ribs, etc.) hurt more than “meatier” areas like the thigh, bicep, or calf. Also, sensitive areas like the armpit and near erogenous zones, are often more painful.
•The pain tolerance of an individual; some clients can sit for hours at a time without wincing, while others can't sit still for 5 minutes.
•The size of the piece; naturally, the smaller the tattoo, the less time poking your skin.
Overall, pain during a tattoo is never unbearable, and some even describe the pain as more “annoying” or “scratch-like” than severe. Often, controlled breathing exercises, meditating, or listening to music can all help distract your brain from the pain and help make the tattoo process seem to go by quicker. But yeah, it still hurts.
DO YOU OFFER PIERCINGS?
Sorry, we are a fully-custom tattoo shop only. We also don't get our groceries from the hardware store.
IS YOUR SHOP SAFE?
Absolutely. We use one-use-only disposable needles, tubes, and supplies. We go above and beyond what the state and county require for safety standards, and we've never had a single heath violation.
WHAT DOES “A FULLY-CUSTOM TATTOO SHOP” MEAN?
Step foot inside Ink & Iron, and you won't see any “flash pages” on the wall (art designed to be selected and repeatedly tattooed on many customers). In fact, our walls are covered with art created by our own artists, for display and for sale – everything from paint on canvas to awesome skateboard decks. And if you plan on getting a tattoo of something you found on Google Image Search or Pinterest, we get bummed about that, too. There's no one in the world like you, and we want you to have a one-of-a-kind tattoo that is significant to you, is placed perfectly on the body to accent it's shape, and is drawn by hand right here in the shop. Remember, we're artists at heart, so we have the most fun when we're given a concept and have some freedom to run with an idea that inspires us and give you something comes from inside our head, not from a picture on a website.
DO YOU TAKE WALK-IN APPOINTMENTS?
Generally, it's best to call ahead and schedule your tattoo session – particularly when considering we're often designing a piece of art just for you. It takes time to translate an idea to paper, and eventually onto your skin. However, we often can fit in a “walk-in consultation” - in fact, we always welcome potential clients to stop by our shop, meet the artists, check out their artwork, and discuss the tattoo you're thinking about getting. From there, we can usually schedule your tattoo appointment in our calendar. Sometimes, artists do have free time between appointments and are more than happy to squeeze in a tattoo session. If you're flexible and want to sit in the business chair as soon as possible, give us a call and we will see if we can schedule you based on artists' availability.
HOW MUCH DOES A TATTOO COST?
If you're looking for a quote, it's tough to gauge how much a tattoo will cost when discussing over the phone or via online message. It's best to stop by, let us see any references or ideas you might have, see where the tattoo is going to go on your body, and determine how much detail will be needed for the piece. A 3”x3” tattoo might take a lot more time than a 5”x5” tattoo, depending on the level of detail (shading, coloring, line work, etc.). Additionally, each of our artists at Ink & Iron set their own pricing structure. If you have a certain artist in mind, they can better estimate the cost based on their interpretation of the idea. Please note: our artists will NOT undercut each other - so if you get an initial quote from one of our artists, no other artist at our shop will offer to do it cheaper.
If you want to get a large tattoo, like an arm “sleeve” or back piece, we are happy to break up your tattoo into multiple sessions, typically in at least 2+ hour increments.
Ultimately, we want you to be completely satisfied with your tattoo, and we don't think the total cost should compromise the quality – we're flexible and can work within your budget to either complete your tattoo in sessions or come up with a custom design that meets your needs.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY TATTOO?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and cash payments. We do not accept personal checks, sorry. Tips for exemplary customer service are always appreciated.
Congratulations! Your new tattoo is now a permanent part of your body! Like most things, the better you care for it, the happier you will be about the results for many years to come. Make sure you execute common sense when caring for your tattoo and if you ever have any doubts or concerns, don't hesitate to contact an artist at the shop!
NOTE: Sometimes you may develop dark, heavy scabs or even a heat rash. That is completely normal. Everyone's healing time is different. Some tattoos will heal quicker than others. Bigger tattoos will heal slower than smaller ones. If you have excessive swelling, try to keep the tattoo above or at heart level. Again, call an artist at the shop if you are concerned about how your tattoo is healing.
Remember, a lot of time and love went into making your tattoo beautiful, so take care of it! We don't want to have to fix it later because it was poorly cared for – that would hurt our feelings!