Hot Rod has been tattooing for over 18 years. He has always been interested in art for as long as he can remember. At age 15, Hot Rod started his own airbrush business where he made signs, t-shirts, and painted custom artwork on race cars. Hot Rod later switched to tattoos and has won awards at tattoo conventions for his work. He started The Asylum in 1995.
Berry was born and raised in Iowa and spent close to 5 years in the active Army, including a tour in Iraq in 2003. After the military He returned to Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May of 2010. He focused his studies on painting and furniture design, and in my last semester at ISU Berry interned at the Asylum where he has been a resident artist ever since. Services other then tattoos include but not limited to: custom illustration, T-shirt design, paintings, and graphic design.
Lobes was born in Laguna Beach, CA and lived with his mom until they moved to Iowa. Lobes had a passion for art his whole life so it was no surprise that he felt a calling towards tattoos. It was at 15 when he decided to start working towards his goal of one day working at a shop. When Lobes was finally old enough he received his first tattoo at The Asylum, and a few years later found himself beginning his apprenticeship under Hot Rod in 2010 for tattooing and piercing.
Lobes likes doing almost any style of tattoo, from old school black and grey to new school types of tattoos with a lot of colors. He enjoys doing any type of tattoo especially when the client gives him artistic freedom on it. He also is able to perform surface, dermal and exotic as well as any other types of piercings.