The Iron Brush Shop

Famous for quality custom tattoos…

Our artists specialize in making your idea into an original tattoo. Iron Brush is known for making tattoos with soul that tell your story. Iron Brush Tattoo and Body Piercinibthouseg offers top quality tattoo and body piercing by experienced professionals.

Sterile Instruments. State and County Licensed.

You can feel confident and safe getting your tattoo and body piercing knowing that the professionals at Iron Brush use new sterilized needles, sterilized equipment, single use inks, and single use disposables for every client. In addition, all body piercing is done with new sterilized implant grade stainless steel jewelry.

We are proud to say that we helped spearhead the implementation of safety standards for the tattoo and body piercing trade. We worked with the governing bodies to help them write a much needed body art code. We first worked with the Lincoln Lancaster Health Department to write the health code which is in place for Lancaster County. Then we helped the State of Nebraska to write the state laws for body art and safety standards now in effect state wide!DSC_3237

All of our artists have taken classes in disease prevention, blood-borne pathogens, and practice universal precautions for each procedure. Iron Brush Tattoo facility is inspected by Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department and the State of Nebraska, and both facility licenses are openly displayed.

All of our instruments and needles are sterilized by autoclave sterilizers, which are control monitored by an independent laboratory. At Iron Brush Tattoo, clean, safe procedures are our first concern. Your artist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your procedure and the aftercare of your new tattoo or piercing.

For more information, see our sterilization procedures page.

Original Freehand Drawings

We can do small tattoos and large scale body work in a variety of styles. We enjoy every tattoo and give them each meaning and attention to details. We can also draw an original tattoo design for you. All of the artists at Iron Brush pride themselves in being knowledgeable and courteous. We have extensive portfolios with hundreds of examples of custom, traditional, color, black and grey, cover-ups, reworks, and Japanese tattooing.DSC_3214

Our walls are filled with original tattoo designs, drawn and intricately painted by the tattoo artists at Iron Brush. This means that our artists have studied and researched tattoo design, and have a large visual vocabulary to create your tattoo. The friendly staff at Iron Brush will respect your ideas and offer good advice that can make your tattoo a quality piece of art.

Whether it is a small symbol or a large custom piece you are purchasing a hand crafted and unique piece of art that can never be lost or stolen.

Outstanding Reputation

Our motto is Reputation and Excellence.You can get your tattoo or piercing with confidence! We are proud of our Reputation. Click here to see our Better Business Bureau reliability report!DSC_3179

By Appointment or Walk-in

For either tattoos or body piercings, walk-ins are always welcome at Iron Brush Tattoo, or you can talk with an artist and make an appointment. Feel free to stop in and browse around our studio and check out our portfolios. Gift certificates available.

Our artists will be glad to answer any other questions you have.






How do I set up a walk-in tattoo?
What is a tattoo consultation? How do I set one up?
How should I pick the artist I want to work with?
Minors and age restrictions

We only tattoo and pierce over 18 with a valid ID. Valid ID is an non-expired photo identification that is state or government issued and contains your birth date. Some examples are: drivers license, state ID card, passport, or military ID.

How do I make a tattoo appointment?
How do I make a piercing appointment
What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash only. We have an ATM on site.

Gift cards?

We have gift cards for purchase in shop. We are cash only, gift cards expire 3 years from date of issuance.

What are your hours?

Seven days a week. 11am-8pm.

We post any events or weather related closing on our social media



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Price for tattoos?
Price for piercings?
Is it true the artists at Iron Brush helped write the body art laws?

Yes! We are proud to say that we helped spearhead the implementation of safety standards for the tattoo and body piercing trade. We worked with the governing bodies to help them write a much needed body art code. We first worked with the Lincoln Lancaster Health Department to write the health code which is in place for Lancaster County. Then, we helped the State of Nebraska to write the state laws for body art and safety standards that are now in effect state wide!

I have heard you do a lot of community charity, when are you doing the next one?
Deposits for tattoo appointments?
Do you use new needles, pigments, and jewelry?
How do you sterilize your equipment?

An autoclave. It is the only acceptable means of equipment sterilization in the tattoo shop. We have five autoclaves in our sterilizing areas. They work by using a combination of heat, steam, and pressure to kill pathogenic microorganisms. We keep detailed logs of the autoclave use, and our autoclave’s efficiency is tested and monitored by an outside laboratory.

For more information, see our sterilization procedures page.

Do you have to be licensed to be a tattooer in Lincoln?

Yes. We worked with the health department to develop health regulations for practitioners and studios. Getting a tattoo by an amateur in their home can be very dangerous, especially if they have no knowledge of sterilization or safe operating procedures. The money spent on a professional tattoo studio is well worth the assurance that the only thing you will get is a tattoo.

Is there anything I should I do before I get tattooed or pierced?

Yes, be well rested and eat well. Drink plenty of fluids. Bring your VALID ID and wear appropriate clothing. Mostly though, just relax and have a good time.

Is there anything I shouldn't do before I get tattooed or pierced?

Do not drink alcohol, do not be sunburned, and do not take drugs other than prescribed by you doctor. (any drugs including aspirin, etc.)

How do I take care of my Tattoo or Body Piercing?
Extreme weather conditions? What is your weather policy?

Yes, Nebraska, the land of quickly changing weather, and our storms can be severe. Whenever possible Iron Brush Tattoo continues to function during inclement weather. Scheduled appointments and available walk-in tattooers and body piercers will continue to the extent that our staff, our artist, and our clients are able to safely travel to and from Iron Brush. Our clients are urged to use caution and personal judgment in their travels to and from Iron Brush Tattoo. We want everyone to be safe! and if we close the shop, it is for the safety of our staff, artists, and our clients. We want what is best for our all involved.

If you do not feel comfortable driving to or back from your appointment please call us: 402-474-5151 to reschedule. You will not lose your deposit if you call us and let us know the weather has kept you away. We want you to be safe. If your artist cannot make it in due to weather, they will notify you personally, and re-schedule with you the next business day they are able to make it into the shop. You will not lose your deposit if your artist re-schedules your appointment due to bad weather.

We will post any shop closing due to weather on our facebook page:“Iron Brush Tattoo” and our instagram page: "@ironbrushtattoo" as soon as we possibly can. Our owner will make every effort to contact all our appointments via email, and let them know the shop is closed. Then your artist will call you on the next business day to re-schedule your appointment. They will all do their best to accomidate you and the fact that your appointment has been moved due to extreme weather. You will not lose your deposit if the shop is closed, of course! It is never an easy decision to close our shop, and we do so with careful consideration, and with the help of the opinions of local weather experts. We make these decisions to keep everyone safe. For more information you can see our WEATHER POLICY PAGE HERE

or you can give us a call and we will be happy to answer all questions! 402-474-5151

Interested in being a part of the Iron Brush Crew or doing a guest spot with us?
Does it hurt?

This is a very popular question. In a professional environment it is annoying, and it does sting a bit. The more relaxed you are the easier the process, and within a few minutes your body will release endorphins (which are natural pain killers) that ease your discomfort. The experience is different for everyone and everyone’s definition of the discomfort will be different. It is impossible to say exactly how it will feel for you. Generally, everyone does just fine. Some spots do hurt worse than others. A few general rules do apply. The more muscular areas (upper arm or calf) will hurt less than the bonier areas (elbow or ribs). Sensitive parts of your body will sting a bit more to get tattooed: “If you are ticklish there, it’s probably going to hurt a bit.” It really is best to get tattooed where you want it, based on your aesthetics. The placement of the tattoo is solely up to you, because the tattoo will be there long after the pain fades. If it were that painful, people wouldn't keep coming back for a second, and third, and fourth, and, on and on

Can you make this tattoo smaller?

Yes, we are skilled enough to make a tattoo really small and detailed, but that will not make a good tattoo. No matter who applies the tattoo, or how a tattoo is applied, the ink will migrate a bit over time. A tattoo is inside of skin cells and not on top of paper. Lines applied too close to one another will blur together, and in some cases alter lettering or destroy a design a few years or even months down the road. Your tattooer is a professional and we want your tattoo to look good. Of course we are skilled enough to make a very small tattoo, but not at the expense of doing a bad tattoo. A large part of the art of tattooing is to make a tattoo that looks good for a lifetime. Listen to your tattooer's advice and make your tattoo a size that will last and be enjoyed for years.

Can I bring in my some pictures and reference material or my own design?

Of course! We work with your ideas! Bring in whatever will help us get an idea of what you are looking for. If it is in digital format(on your phone), we recommend bringing in a hard copy(on a piece of paper) for your artist to make the best use of your time with your artist.

Do people pick designs off the wall?

Sure. That is a great way to get the correct reference to begin to make a great custom tattoo. All of the designs we have here are hand painted by tattooers. We have taken great time to find the best reference in the world to help you assemble top quality tattoo.

What is flash?

This is the term for the designs on the wall. All of the flash at Iron Brush is hand painted by tattooers. A lot of our flash is drawn, inked, and watercolored by the tattooers at Iron Brush, the ones who will be doing your tattoo. Which means your tattooer has taken the time to develop his skills, efficiency, designing ability, and artistic prowess in tattooing. This is the sign of true craftsmanship. Our walls and books are filled with quality hand painted flash we proudly use daily in the tradition of all the good tattooers before us.

What type of ID do you accept?

A VALID State or government issued photo ID. Valid ID is an NON-EXPIRED identification that is state or government issued and contains your birth date. Some examples are: drivers license, state ID card, passport, or military ID.

Where are you located?

We are conveniently located at 226 S. 16th (16th and M Streets) in Lincoln NE. See our contact page for more info.

How can I get in touch with you?

The quickest way and most accurate way to get all your questions answered is to stop by the shop or you can also give us a call at 402-474-5151.

Do you sell tattoo supplies?

No. We do not sell tattoo supplies of any kind. We sell body jewelry and piercing aftercare.




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