Iron Age Studios
6309 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63130
Fax: (314) 725-4932
Iron Age Tattoo
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range : Average
By Appointment Only: No
Services: Tattoo Removal
I was so excited to get a small airplane tattoo on my finger. My friend had the tattoo already and I was getting a matching one. Right off the bat, they said they couldn’t do the airplane silhouette that I wanted. I showed them the picture of my friend’s tattoo. They said the detail on the plane was too small and that they couldn’t do it....but I was thinking in my head, “Well how did my friend get it then?!” Disappointed, I went with a simpler design. My artist went rather fast and, honestly, insanely sloppy. I wanted her to stop because I could see how the edges weren’t straight or crisp. I immediately saw how assymetrical the plane looked. It was supposed to be even and symmetrical...just like the stencil was....now I have a crooked airplane in which the body does not match up with the front of the plane. The wings are angled differently AND one is also longer than the other. AND the tail of the plane is so lop sided, everyone was saying something after noticing. I am SO incredibly upset about this tattoo and artist. I wish I had gone somewhere else or even just had a different artist. My friend’s tattoo turned out great.
We went to Iron Age to get tattooed the first weekend in August. There are a few things to say, some good - and some very bad:
1) My tattoo looks great. Jason Stubblefield did it and I'm happy with it.
2) They're one of the few legit shops in StL that will tattoo minors with the correct documentation. My sister got her first tattoo that weekend as well and Jason did great with her, and I really respected his discretion on where he would allow placement
3) It was a VERY uncomfortable experience. We were there at opening and we were told 30-45 minutes. 2 hours later we were first worked with. We had no issue with waiting, but it was almost 6pm before any of the 4 of us ate as we arrived at noon and were not done until 6pm. We would have gone to eat had they just told us it would be 2 hours. Jason took my sister and Jeff Durham was the artist who grabbed my chart. I've been being tattooed for 5 years and I have never met someone so rude and uncomfortable. The only reason I was being tattooed by someone other than my artist was simply due to age restriction in our state. We were recommended to Iron Age and I am so disappointed.
He refused to do what I wanted, and would only do it if it was something he liked. I tried to suck it up and work with it, but with a forearm piece I wanted to like what was being placed there. I asked him to draw what he was thinking and we would work with it. He drew it. I wanted a few changes and he declined to make the changes and was incredibly rude to me. I showed him some references of shape and style. He pushed my references to the side and said "This is what you can get". I ended up requesting another artist, advising ALL patrons in the waiting room (around 15) of the negative experience I had with Jeff, and ultimately waited on Jason to finish with my sister to be tattooed myself.
I understand artistic discretion, point of view, and that typically your artist knows what will look good and what will not, but making your clients feel comfortable is extremely important. I've never been treated so badly in a shop. Despite ending up with a quality tattoo (after waiting for 5 hours) I will never return or recommend anyone to Iron Age Tattoo due to their lack of customer care, rushing their clients, and extreme lack of professionalism.
I was a walk in on Memorial Day. Came in with a picture of a really pretty tattoo. It was lyrics from a some that means a lot to me. The artist annihilated my leg. Every bit of it was dug so deep and I have a lot of scarring. I was rushed in and out in less than an hour. The tattoo itself looked amateur. There was no artist imagination put into it all. I couldn't tell at first because my leg was bright red. I didn't want to go back and let them touch my leg again. I have since had another shop attempt to cover it and it's still popping through because of how deep the Iron Age artist went. All I wanted from them was my $200 back, yet through all the emails to them of dissatisfaction and the fact that their artist screwed me pretty permanently, they would not do it. I will never go to Iron Age again and I will make sure I show everyone the mediocre tattoo that came out of their shop.
I went there for my first tattoo and i'd have to say it was a pretty good place. They are very clean and hospitable. The guy who did my tattoo seemed like a nice enough guy but he must have been having a bad day because he was slightly rude, but he did a good job. I would definatly reccomend it.
09/26/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I got my first tattoo there yesterday.. I walked in and knew the artist I wanted, who was Darron.. I had gone the previous week and got a price, and they told me $160 for what I wanted. Anyway. I walked in, and the girl told me it'd be an hour wait for my artist, so I signed up for someone else. I waited a few minutes and a different guy came up to me and said Darron would only be 20 minutes at the most. I said ok.. I waited almost 2 and a half full hours for Darron to be done. He drew what I wanted for me, but it was too big so he sized it down, which was a lot better. I was talking to my dad to make sure he wanted to pay that price, and Darron was telling us to hurry up. We finally got seated and he began.. He didnt talk to me barely, so it was an uncomfortable experience. The only thing he did tell me was the guy at the front told me the wrong price, and it should've costed 240$, but he only charged me 180$.. He did a good job but I wish he would have been more friendly.
02/07/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I got a piercing this past weekend at Iron Age and it was such a GREAT experience! I emailed the piercers in the morning asking a few questions (price, type of jewelry etc) and the piercer working that day, Anne, emailed me back very quick! Anne answered all of my questions and was so sweet and helpful through email so I decided Iron Age was where I was going! When I walked in the guy at the front desk signed me in and helped me pick out which stud would be best for me and answered all of the questions I had. He was VERY professional, friendly and helpful! Then Anne came up front to get me and took me back to the piercing room. It was immaculate! She then talked to me about what she was going to be doing and then opened up all of the equipment from sterilized packages. She helped me pick the exact placement on my nose and made sure I liked it before continuing. As she was piercing she explained EVERY detail that she was doing and it was over before I knew it! She asked if I had any questions at all and also made sure I knew how to contact her if I thought of any after I left. I LOVE my nostril piercing and I LOVE Iron Age! I would highly recommend it to anyone!!! Such an awesome place :)
09/23/2010Provided by Citysearch -
A friend of mine told me abot the studio after having an artis back out on me when i was suspose to get my tattoo in Sep 10th. The next weekened i decied to do a walk-in at Iron Age!! it was the best choice i could have ever made. John (the frount guy) talked to me about getting what you want. He was awesome at answering the guestions that i had! My artis was Darren had he was really cool. He is super nice guy! He talked with me and my friend the whole time and really madegetting my first tattoo an awesome experience!!! I'll never go anywhere else!!! Im planing on getting another tattoo in memory of my best fried and im totally going to Iron Age to get it done!! they will be the only ones doing my ink!!
09/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I got my third tat from iron age on 8/24, two weeks went by. Got my first good look at my new tat. I was told this tat would be very simple,and would not take long. So someone please tell me why I spent $250.00, and got A JACKED-UP tattoo. I went back to talk to this ( artist ).To my surprise he did not see anything wrong, THERE A SHOCK. I'm not going to put his name on this, I feel it's in bad taste. I know there are good artist in this shop that don't deserve reviews like this, there's at least one that I know of. They would not give me my money back, just offered to fix it. I don't won't iron age to fix anything, especially a new tattoo. So in close I spent $225.00 for the tat, $25.00 for the tip, $250.00 in total. For A 5"" tat, that looks like xxxx! I will never go back to iron age, It' all hype & way way overpriced. Do your homework, You will see.
05/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have 4 tattoos from Iron Age. One from Jeff and 3 I got at once from Sean. I like all of my tattoos, I think they are beautiful, but I think I have a little more respect for Jeff. If you go to their website Jeff'f's portfolio is smaller, but he did my first tattoo of a butterfly that he drew for me and I love it. He took his time, even though it did hurt, I had five colors in my tattoo and a lot of shading and it's my favorite. It was not overpriced at all. I also think Sean did a good job but I thought for the time and effort put into the tattoos I feel like I paid a little too much, but regardless I would go back. I would defitinitly reccomend Iron Age to anyone. Thanks guys!
04/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I love this shop. I have had small and large tattoos done here. I get comments everywhere I go on how amazing they are. My mom has now gone to Iron Age after seeing my art. You go in with an idea and they turn it into something amazing. Mo and Josh are my artist. I recomend either of them. You will pay a bit more but as mom always says ""you get what you pay for"" I wont skimp on somethng that is on my body forever or go elsewhere to save 20 bucks. This is the only place to go for tattoos in STL.
07/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
everywhere i go i get stopped by multiple people to ask where i get my artwork done. they are *always* asking about the pieces done by Iron Age. crazy detailed, beautiful work. the shop is immaculate. i will never go anywhere else in saint louis for a tattoo. the second question is usually how much did i pay in comparison to other places... you get what you pay for obviously! you don't compare applebees to the best restaurant in town.
piercings are done by artists doing it for years - at least. huge jewelry selection, and willing to do custom orders if you are looking for something they don't have.
06/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have gotten two tattoos and a piercing at Ironage and had looked at them as being a premier tattoo shop in the St. Louis area. The tattoo shop of my choice. Upon my third visit for a tattoo that was not the case at all. I was quoted an outrageous price of more than I had paid for in the past for something very small. The tattoo I wanted probably would have taken about 20 minutes at the most. The person who quoted me the price got defensive when I asked why the price was so high. All I know is that I will never patronize Ironage Tattoos anymore. What makes it so bad is that I went to Allstar Tattoo and he was very pleasant and quoted me a price of three times less than what I was quoted at Ironage. It's bad that people think because they have made a name for themselves they can get over on people who keep their business running. DON'T GO THERE PLEASE!!!!. They are not L.A or Miami Ink which I think they think they are.
03/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have three tattoos, all from Iron Age over the years. The first tattoo was a little over priced, but was good quality, the second was great quality and fairly priced, so of course I went back for my third there....by far the worst experience there being extremely overpriced, poor quality, rough (it was the most painful even though it was on the least sensitive area), and the artist was not friendly in any way. I will be going to another shop the next time around to find a more reasonable priced tattoo in a more friendly setting.
12/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I went in with an idea for a tattoo and came out with way more than expected. Brad Fink was my artist. He is extremely talented. He took my idea and created a custom piece that turns heads everywhere. If you want a exceptional tattoo, clean shop and friendly fun staff this is your place.
11/10/2006Provided by Citysearch -
First, go somewhere else for your tattoos and piercings! I got a tattoo at Iron Age and I was treated like a number. It kinda felt like I was in a herd of cattle and one after the other being systematically branded. The guy who did my tattoo was rude and didn't even bother to greet me (he just stood there waiting for me to look over) or thank me for my business. I got the feeling he would have rather been somewhere else and he was just trying to get me in and out. I also feel they are way overpriced. I got NO aftercare information for my tattoo from the artist or the other employee who rang me up and signed me in, which to me seems very unprofessional. I was warned by a couple people not to go to Iron Age for tattoos or piercings. I really should have listened. But for a place that is voted number 1 in St. Louis, certain things are expected and none of my expectations were met. I was completely stunned by the whole experience and didn't speak up. I guess I was waiting for things to turn around but they didn't. A friend who came with me agreed the artist was rude and that the whole situation was unpleasant. I'm just glad he didn't screw up my tattoo, though he could have done a better job because it was a rather simple design.
EDIT: I stupidly went back a couple years later with a friend. We wanted to get a very small, very simple design of 4 letters. What a terrible tattoo we both got!! We should have walked out when they quoted us $50 for letters that were not even a centimeter high and an inch long in total. Turns out the guy who did ours was an apprentice and yet they still charged us what they did. I'm getting this ink removed and will tell anyone and everyone who will listen to never go to Iron Age.
04/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This place is too cool for school, with a rock star attitude and high prices. The artwork of some of these artisits are really great, but shop around and you'll find beautiful work at other shops (PORTFOLIO PORTFOLIO PORTFOLIO).
Think about the memories you may want regarding your special piece of artwork and the expierence surrounding your piece!