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by Jeff Laughlin

JASON SPAINHOUR-TRIED & TRUE TATTOO KNOWN FOR GOOD INK

The reason Tried & True Tattoo Co. won Best Tattoo and Piercing Shop after being open less than a year: Jason Spainhour is a pro.

“I’m the longest-running tattoo artist in Greensboro,” Spainhour said. “I’ve been at it for 18 years.”

He won Greensboro Tattoo Artist of the Year in 2004 and Tried & True won three awards this year for their tattoos.

Employing five artists, two piercers and a permanent make-up artist, Tried & True and Spainhour do not believe in “pick-and-pop” tattooing. Spainhour’s years of experience at several shops in the area gave him a feel for what serious tattoo lovers want.

“Most of our tattoos are drawn from scratch. We try to push the gallery feel of the shop. We want to separate from the street shops.”

His confidence could calm anyone scared of the art.

“I like for people to come armed with ideas,” he said, “and if we had a slogan it would be, ‘Expert tattooing for the serious collector.’” Obviously, the people of the Triad are in good hands.

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