Best Of 2018

Best Hank: Hank at Crying Heart Tattoo

Best Hank
click to enlarge HAILEY BOLLINGER
Hailey Bollinger

Nate Hudak, co-owner and artist at Crying Heart Tattoo in Over-the-Rhine, is incredibly well known for his American Traditional tattoo style, traveling to conventions and doing guest spots at parlors around the world — places like Detroit, Denver, New York City, Barcelona and Cape Town, South Africa. But possibly more well-known than Hudak is his dog, Hank. Hank is a white Dogo Argentino (a sort of mastiff) with a black spot over one eye, adorably droopy jowls and a talent for being extremely laid back. A frequent guest at Crying Heart, the gentle giant (and very good boy) is very much at home lounging on the shop’s vintage velvet settee and admiring works of art — both the Royal Tenenbaums-esque collection of framed finds on the walls or the pieces being inked on customers by his dad and the rest of the Crying Heart team, Dave Halsey and Tyler Abner. If you want a permanent piece of bold, classic flash, this is your parlor. If you want a therapy dog to help you deal with the pain of needles jabbing into your skin, Hank is your dude. And if you want to design your own tattoo, the team excels at working with clients to create a perfect piece of skin art. Well, everyone except Hank. Don’t trust him to do your tattoo, no matter what he says. Crying Heart Tattoo, 1425 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-832-1756.