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    Best Of 2013: Tattoo Artist: Jeff Oelklaus (tie)

    You could go with a fine-line black-and-gray, staid and sophisticated; or harness aggressive tribal motifs; or show some color with Asian designs; or even get biomechanical with it. But no matter what, from classic to contemporary, tattoo artist Troy Sedlacek can handle it. The first-time winner is a favorite for those seeking more ink because he enjoys the challenge of being able to work in any tattoo style. Bring him a kernel of an idea or a full-blown design, and he'll deliver. "Artists over the years have fused and blended styles to reach fun and interesting outcomes," he says. "Harmonizing different forms of art into classic tattoo designs — baroque, nouveau, graphic — is very rewarding as well." As for Jeff Oelklaus, the 40-year-old artist mostly tried to avoid the industry "quite a few times" while using his degree in ceramics to work pottery for Van Briggle, "but when the third apprenticeship came up here in the Springs, I took it." Working out of Pins and Needles' Weber Street location, the self-described Renaissance man says there's no style he can't pull off. — Nathaniel Kelley

    Best of 2013: Tattoo Parlor

    Best of 2013: Piercing Parlor

    The stats: Pens & Needles has two shops, one downtown, one down south. Two piercing artists. Thirteen tattoo artists. And it's the business' second win in both of these categories in as many years. Business manager David Skidmore says he hasn't seen any major trends in piercings at their shops over the past 12 months, but when it comes to tattoos, bird silhouettes have been flying out the door. (OK, that was my bad pun. More on the way.) Whatever your flight of fancy, Pens & Needles focuses on employing custom artists, so at least you can be confident that your birds will be of a slightly different feather than the ones on the woman next to you. — Kirsten Akens

 

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