Tattoo parlors get boost from Cup win

"One day I tattooed two different gentlemen that were 65 years old. Another guy was 55. They were all first-time tattoos."

Brian Kelly
August 21, 2019 - 3:54 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - When the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup in June, it forced a lot of people to put up or shut up about that tattoo they said they'd get if it ever happened. 

Apparently, a lot of people are putting up. At Tower Classic Tattooing in the Grove, partner Andy May says he's done about 40 tattoos featuring the blue note and/or the Cup. 

"I had people hitting me up at 7 in the morning the day after we won the Stanley Cup," says May.

Courtesy Andy May Tower Classic Tattooing
For many of them, it's the first time getting inked. "Maybe 75% of them have been first-time tattoos. One day I tattooed two different gentlemen that were 65 years old. Another guy was 55. They were all first-time tattoos." 

He also tells them that he doesn't know too many people with just one tattoo, so they'll be back. One of the newbies has already called back for another one.

As for the designs, May says the biggest challenge is the note itself. "Whoever designed the Blues logo was definitely not thinking about it being a tattoo. It's a very technical design to be applied as a tattoo. Just coming up with cool, clever ways to reinvent the wheel has been fun." 

But after weeks of working on it, May says, "I can draw it in my sleep at this point."

While the shop has had other busy times, he says no single event has ever resulted in a similar rush, and he thinks it's going to last a while. "I've had people already map out (the future). They're like, 'I want one with the date here but I want it small so when we win the next one, I'll add another date'."

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