Best Of 2013: Tattoo Artist: Troy Sedlacek (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



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