Best Of 2011: Place to Get Tattooed

Best Of 2011: Piercing Parlor

"I've been to other shops in the Springs, and I've been disappointed," says Jeff Haugland. Three years ago, the local guy checked out West Side Tattoo. Now, he's a regular, and the red dragon koi fish winding up his side is just one product of that relationship. "He comes every other week," jokes West Side co-owner Brian Moore. What attracts and keeps people like Haugland as loyal customers is the connection that the artists create with the clients, says Moore. They take time with clients, to ensure they're paired with the right West Sider. "Every person is different, and so is every artist," Moore says. — Chet Hardin

Best Of 2010: Place to Get Tattooed

"We don't push people in and out the door," says Brian Moore, co-owner of West Side Tattoo. If someone comes in wanting a quick butterfly done, they may be disappointed that they have to sit and look at all of the artists' portfolios before they can even get a sketch. Yet that's one of the most important elements of West Side, whose iconic painted brick graces the intersection of Colorado Avenue and 21st Street — they want to match the patron with the correct artist. Most popular tattoos in 2011: "For a while it was just about getting a tattoo, but I think now and in the years coming, it is going to be less a specific thing and more about the meanings behind the tattoos." — Sarah White



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