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New tattoo shop in Lyn-Lake has art focus

When Daniel “Dado” Drljic was asked if he would have his picture taken for a newspaper story, he said sure. Then he massaged his face and felt a five o’clock shadow.

“My mom would kill me if she saw me in the newspaper and I hadn’t shaved,” he said, reaching into a jar and pulling out a pink disposable razor and cleaning up the whiskers around his thin goatee.

The razor was one that would have otherwise been used to prep a customer at Drljic’s newly opened Lyn-Lake tattoo shop, Supreme Inks, 3004 Lyndale Ave. S.

But Dado, as he is called, wasn’t working on customers on a Tuesday afternoon in September. He was out to bid a mural project across the street. For Dado, tattoos aren’t just a way to make money, they’re art, and like his drawings and murals, he wants to share them with the community.

“It’s more providing the neighborhood with a new art attraction and less of a tattoo shop. This is not your typical tattoo shop where you’re going to walk in and [see] old school, hardcore, biker-types. Leather and smelly armpits and beer in the air,” he said. “This is a tattoo shop that will fit this neighborhood, that will provide this neighborhood with artwork, true artwork.”

Dado, 34, has spent the past nine years inking skin in a few different Twin Cities tattoo shops. He spent three years as an apprentice under Winfield Green, owner of Tattoo Asylum in Spring Lake Park.

His experience as an artist, however, spans even longer. Dado, a Bosnian refugee, painted murals in Germany, where he lived with his family from 1993 to 1994 after war broke out in Bosnia. He also did a mural at Lake Street East and 14th Avenue South.

Supreme Inks can be reached at 636-6354.

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Electric Fetus named top 25 record store by Rolling Stone

Not even a tornado clipping the century-old building of the Electric Fetus in August 2009 could stop the record store from getting a high ranking on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 25 record stores in the United States.

The music magazine this week ranked Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave. S., as the sixth-best record store in the country.

Electric Fetus first opened in 1968 on the city’ West Bank. Owner Keith Covart moved the store to its current digs in 1972.

The tornado caused nearly $1 million in damages, Covart said. Over the past year shoppers have navigated repairs to the roof, air conditioners and windows. Work finally ended in early September.

Rolling Stone credits the staff of the store for Fetus’s popularity.

“Jazz, hip-hop, blues, and world-music fans are especially well served here — no surprise, since the Fetus is a regional distributor as well as a shop. Many of the staffers have been there for decades; regulars head straight to the far wall for densely-packed shelves of new and local releases,” the Stones wrote.

Covart agreed.

“It’s obviously the knowledge of our people,” he said. “They’re excited about music and it shows, and obviously we have a good selection, we couldn’t make it without it. You just go up and ask for help, and they’re not jumping on you, but if you want help I don’t think there’s a better crew anywhere.”

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Cuban restaurant Victor’s 1959 Cafe gets renovation

Cuban food lovers wondering why Victor’s 1959 Café, 3756 Grand Ave. S., was closed in early September need not worry. The 11-year-old restaurant had to close up for about 10 days while owner Niki Stavrou and staff made some renovations.

They opened up the entryway, taking out two tables and replacing them with a four-seat counter. They also moved a big furnace out of the middle of the dining room to make create more space.

“It feels more open and more right,” Stavrou said. “The feng shui of things is right.”