- Inka Dinka Doo
- 5240 Butler Street
Pittsburgh PA 15201
- T. Urbanek
- Machine Customs
The idea was to bring to Pittsburgh a fresh new style and vision of tattooing, it's a shop built around the idea of artistic freedom and progression. At the time, I wanted to do something different in our city, by making a shop that was more of a gallery than a studio. - Tony Urbanek
Tony Urbanek founded the Inka Dinka Doo tattoo studio in 1994. It was the first shop to open within the city limits of Pittsburgh, PA.
Currently the shop is located in the small historic district of Lawrenceville, about five to ten minutes from the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. It's a growing art community, and the shop adds a bit of character to the surroundings. The shop maintains a friendly, inviting environment - not looking too much like a dentist's office, or too much like your friend's living room. There are countless designs and paintings to look at, and the upbeat environment is felt throughout. Inka Dinka Doo recently moved into a larger building, the studio floor reminds you of a loft atyle apartment.
The studio is cozy though with multiple tattoo stations and a piercing room in the back. They also have a workshop in the basement for machine building and fabrication.
There's usually two or three artists, and a piercer there six days a week. Inka Dinka Doo specializes in all sorts of tattooing, ranging from high contrast black and grey, to full on dynamic color pieces, portrait work, and crazy, bold bio-mech pieces. Everyone in the shop has a style of their own. They are a full-service shop and cater to everyone. All the artists stay well booked all year round, but do find time to cover walk-ins as well.