At five years old, Brooklyn born Steven “Steel Irons” Johnson learned art was his passion from imitating the artwork he saw in his favorite comic books and television shows. Spending his teenage years in Aruba, Steel felt distant from his family and friends because of his dedication to art and not repeating the ever so frequent lifestyle of working a job that you did not love to survive. Throughout the many hurdles in his career, Steel finally feels that he is ready to take the tattooing world by the horns.
Afro-Centric, stimulating, and animated are all words to describe Steel’s tattoo styles. “My biggest hurdle is trying to get my customers out of the mindset that ‘we’ as people of color, can’t get certain things on our body, from color to unconventional styles. Thats what I want to do, I want to open up our community to all the art styles that we are hiding away from.” His artwork ranges from eccentric black girls to comic book style drawings, which certainly displays his wide array of artistic talents.
A self-proclaimed “comic book geek”, Steel’s own personal body art, which varies from traditional pieces to custom works taken from his favorite comic books, would be as equally stimulating as his energetic and refreshing personality. Customers would not only call him their tattoo artist, but friend and occasional therapist.Talent and personality is what keeps his dedicated customers by his side. Steel Irons’ rejuvenated dedication and love for tattooing is certainly what will keep sketching, shading, and coloring away.