Lee Burns

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Lee Burns

Self-styled artist Lee Burns knows that the difference between being a tattooist and a tattoo artist lies in the artists’ long hours of study and dedication to the craft of tattooing. Burns’ tattoos have appeared in 40 magazines, have won 27 awards and have been honored 4 times at the National Tattoo Convention. Lee’s taste and style can be seen on the bodies of countless trusting clients. Since founding Painless Steel in 1992, Lee has taken on numerous apprentices and helped shape the changing face of body art in America. Lee’s patience coupled with his perfectionism make him an ideal teacher.

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The shop minimum is $50.00 and all prices are based on a rate of $100.00 per hour. (Lee being the exception at $125.00). All Appointments must be made over the phone (406-728-1191) or in person – sorry no online scheduling.

Deposits are required to make an appointment. $50.00 for anything that will take under 2 hours and $100.00 for anything that will take over two hours. Your artist or one of our skilled front end people will let you know how much time you will need if you are not sure.

For custom drawings, a deposit is required to start the drawing. This deposit is then used as the appointment deposit, and goes toward the price of getting your tattoo. Drawing deposits are $100.00.

Deposits are non-refundable.

We accept:

we accept major credit cards



Shop Hours: Sunday and Monday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Lee's Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 12pm to 6pm.

Shop Phone: (406) 728-1191


If you are not sure who you would like to make an appointment with, we recommend you stop by the studio.

All artists have portfolios available and many of them contain work that is not posted online. Consultations are free. If the artist is not available while you are there, just make an appointment.

Consultation appointments are usually booked for under a half hour. These short appointments serve as a great time to meet the artist, go over design ideas, discuss concerns, get a bid on the amount of time your tattoo is going to take, and schedule an appointment time.

If you are discussing a custom piece, a drawing deposit is required to start the drawing. Drawing deposits are $100.00 and go toward the price of your tattoo.

We do take walk-ins if the time is available.

Appointments may also be made on a walk- in bases or over the phone – sorry no online scheduling. There is a $50.00 minimum and tattoos are priced at $100.00 per hour (Lee being the exception at $125.00) Deposits of $50.00 are required for making an appointment for tattoos that will take under 2 hours and $100.00 for tattoos that will take over two hours.

Deposits are non-refundable.

We accept:

we accept major credit cards


Leave bandage on for at least 12-24 hours (preferably 24 hours).

Wash your hands before caring for your tattoo.

After removing the bandage, wash your tattoo off in hot water (as hot as you can stand) for 15 minutes. Be sure to remove all particles of blood when washing.

Do NOT re-bandage your tattoo.

24 hours after washing your tattoo you may begin applying Tattoo Goo or Ink Balm. Be sure to thoroughly rub in lotion or balm. Do NOT cake it on.

Use lotion or salve 2-3 times daily, or as needed for 10 days, or until completely healed.


What not to do/use


Do not use any products containing alcohol, lanolin or petroleum.

No swimming, hot tubs, or nylons for 10-14 days, or until completely healed.

If your tattoo starts to itch, SLAP IT, DON'T SCRATCH IT. DON'T BE A SCAB PICKER!!

Once your tattoo is completely healed, use Color Guard or a high SPF sunscreen to protect your tattoo from the bleaching effects of the sun.

Should your tattoo need to be touched up, please contact your artist within 90 days.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call or come in!