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Best in the Midwest

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The midwest definitely does not get enough love on this board, most really stunning tattooers set up shop on the coasts and for obvious reasons. So, this is the thread to talk about the men and women who don't get enough praise and/or recognition!

Who do you like in the Midwest? I know there are good tattooers everywhere but they're a little harder to find around here it seems...

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Dan Rick and Jeremy Ross Armstrong are on my list of favorite tattooers for sure. I'd definitely be interested in seeing other folk's mentions.

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Gee...lemme think on that a minit!

Nick Colella

Dave McNair

Mike Dalton

Erik Gillespie

Mario Desa

Josh Howard

Miles Maniaci

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Tim Beck @ Freedom Ink (Peoria, IL)

Brad Fink @ Iron Age (St. Louis, MO)

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If you count Colorado, Andy Canino @ Think Tank (Denver, CO), also, Lifetime Tattoo in Denver has some good artists.

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Tim Beck

if Utah is considered the Midwest, than the dudes at Cathedral Tattoo

Nick Colella

Mario Desa

Erik Gillespie

Ryan Cooper Thompson does some really cool stuff

Brad Fink

Paul Nycz

The folks at Lifetime Tattoo, if Colorado counts

those are off the top of my head

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CTC holds it down

Ryan Cooper Thompson is legit.

There are a few good people in Wichita (Josh Cruse, Steve Turner, Denis McPhail)

I know Texas is considered a part of the South, but as far a no coast vibe goes, the tattooing there speaks for itself.

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if Colorado counts

yeah i was wondering where the midwest stops as far as this goes.

Anyone & everyone at Bolder Ink if thats the case, although personally I dont count CO or any of the mountain range as midwest. I figure if it's not flat anymore it doesnt really count as midwest haha

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Well, supposedly "The midwest region consists of 12 states in the north-central and north-eastern United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin."

so speaking only of people i've seen their work on folks, rich t at bicknee in coalton-ohio, durb morrison at red tree in columbus-ohio, jay blevins at high street in columbus-ohio, rev chad wells at wells and co. in dayton-ohio, dana brunson at designs by dana in cincinnati-ohio, andy blair at flying tiger in cincinnati-ohio, kori flatmo at plurabella in cincinnati-ohio and john massie who works at five star tattoo in louisville-ky but also works at one of the designs by dana shops so i'll include him in the midwest list.

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Gee...lemme think on that a minit!

Nick Colella

Dave McNair

Mike Dalton

Erik Gillespie

Mario Desa

Josh Howard

Miles Maniaci

Gee, that wasn't predictable...do you still like Josh Howard now that he doesn't work at CTC anymore? Dude is real good.

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Gee, that wasn't predictable...do you still like Josh Howard now that he doesn't work at CTC anymore? Dude is real good.

Hey fuckhead...I had typed a serious reply, but I'ma just let your name and past posts speak for themselves. Josh' work kix ass wherever.

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Chris Smith? Zach Dole? Matt Headley? Katie Sellegren (I know she is moving)? Andrew Stickler, Adam Shrewsbury, Jeff Whitehead?

Also agree with pretty much all the rest posted.

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Chris Smith? Zach Dole? Matt Headley? Katie Sellegren (I know she is moving)? Andrew Stickler, Adam Shrewsbury, Jeff Whitehead?

Word, for some reason don't think of Whitehead as being around here because I always associate him with Cali, ha. I know he's trying to get back there soon. I should hit him up in Chicago because its much closer to here than Cali is!

No SD/ND/NE/IA/WY/MT love? I totally understand why.

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Word, for some reason don't think of Whitehead as being around here because I always associate him with Cali, ha. I know he's trying to get back there soon. I should hit him up in Chicago because its much closer to here than Cali is!

No SD/ND/NE/IA/WY/MT love? I totally understand why.

Sellegren is or was in Iowa. I have seen some other good tattoos out of these states, just don't know who did them, also not sure that would give me enough of an example to claim Best in Midwest.

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midwestern dudes that really blow me away are Josh Arment, Brad Fink, Mario Desa, Jef Whitehead(even though he's a bay area dude),Katie Sellergreen and Tim Beck.

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Gunnar Gaylord & Durb Morrison - both at Durb's shop: RedTree Tattoo Gallery in Columbus, OH.

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Alan Taylor at Lucky 7 or Rod Creamer at Sideshow, both in the Kc area are legit with what they do. Also in that area would be kimo, worth checkin out, or weird harold at weirdo's. wes Grimm. Couple i cant remember the names too right now...it will hit me when im gettin ready to pass out im sure

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Thanks for the kind words, y'all. I was in the midwest (Montrose, Iowa) up until September, and now have made my tattooing home at Blackheart Tattoo in San Francisco. I will always be a midwestern girl at heart :)

The best midwestern tattooers in my opinion:

Josh Arment (Aloha Monkey)

Nick Colella (CTC)

Mario Desa (CTC)

Josh Howard (?)

Josh Palmer (Aloha Monkey)

Tim Beck (Freedom Ink)

Jeff Zuck (Name Brand)

Brad Fink (Iron Age)

Jef Whitehead (Taylor St.)

Miles Maniaci (Deluxe)

Turbo (Taylor St)-- currently out with a broken hand

Erik Gillespie (CTC)

Zack Kinsey (Uptown)

I could go on and on.......

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