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Conversations with Ian Haines

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ian Haines.

Ian, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Well, I started my tattoo career around five years ago. I got into tattooing from loving art and drawing and getting tattooed. Eventually, I put together a portfolio and went out looking for apprenticeships. My first apprenticeship didn’t pan out and after that, I went back to serving tables at IHop, believing the dream was dead.

About eight months later, I stumbled upon another apprenticeship and made the best out of it. Got licensed and due to unfortunate circumstances, my mentor got bought out his share in his shop. So he helped me get a job at a busy high walk-in traffic shop. I worked there for around two years before venturing out to look for different oppertunitys to work with other artists in St. Louis. I never found a shop I really fit in after that and bounced around a lot until it got to the point to where I felt like I just needed to open up my own shop and do my own thing.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
So far it has been pretty smooth sailing.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in doing American Tradional, Japanese, neotradional, black and grey, do work, I do many other styles as I take pride in being a well-rounded artist.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future is to just keep building my business and leave my footprint in St. Louis.


  • 125 an hour
  • 80 minimum

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