Tattoo parlor adds coffee bar, outdoor fire pit

CARAG — The Defiant Tattoo parlor is lighting up the outdoor fire pit this week, and its caffeine bar is now open, serving coffee, energy drinks, Heggies frozen pizzas and catered Red’s Savoy sandwiches. 

The shop at 3014 Lyndale Ave. S. is also expanding its retail space with new shirts and body jewelry. 

Defiant Tattoo relocated to Uptown after its Downtown building was foreclosed upon. 

“We like it here a lot better,” said Manager Keith Hieserich. “We’re getting a lot of business pretty quickly.”

Office Manager Emily Rampt said Defiant touts the only caffeine-tattoo bar in the Midwest — the only other like this is in upstate New York, she said. 

“This is the only place where you can watch the art of tattooing,” she said. 

The bar also serves Jet Fuel, which is a hard-to-find espresso bean packing twice the caffeine.