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 finished his studies at Iowa State University to further his education resulting in a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May of 2010. Berry's last semester at ISU was spent as an intern at the Asylum where he began his apprenticeship under “Hot Rod”. During his time at Iowa State, he focused his studies on furniture design and painting. Regardless of the medium, tattoos or anything else, Berry tries to approach all pieces with the same dedication and unique artistic approach. He enjoys using elements of graffiti and new school styles, anything Anthropomorphic, always trying to have some traditional style precedence in his tattoo work. You can also visit http://www.coroflot.com/berryschnetter to see more about Berry, and his furniture.
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.
Miranda is the Asylum's newest tattoo artist. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Wayne State College, she spent 6 years working in the sign & vehicle wrap industry. She is now a licensed tattoo artist looking to build a solid clientele base. Miranda always thought doing tattoos would be an awesome job, so she is really excited to be at The Asylum. Attention to detail and a bubbly personality make her a great addition to the shop.