A Note from Shop Owner Matt Hessler


After months of deliberation & with some very mixed emotions, I’m sharing the news that XS will be closing its doors @ the end of August.


I started tattooing @ XS in May of 1997 & have owned the shop since 1998.  In that 20 year span of time, the shop has been a defining aspect of my life & career.  It has grown & evolved with me.  The talented people who have worked @ XS over the years have been & remain some of my closest friends.


Over the last several years, I’ve bought & renovated a couple of historic buildings in the city of Detroit, my home for the last 15 years. These have been my largest scale art projects, if you will.  One of the buildings, @ the corner of Cass & Peterboro in midtown Detroit, houses Iconic Tattoo, the sister shop to XS, which has now been operating for almost 3 years.


As one might imagine, all of these endeavors, in addition to family responsibilities & my busy tattoo schedule, have created large demands on my time.  Additionally, working out of 2 shops has made me feel disconnected with the daily operations of both.  I’ve gradually come to the realization that I need to simplify my situation a bit & to that end, I’ve decided to consolidate the 2 shops in the Detroit location.


All staff currently working @ XS will become part of the crew of Iconic & we will continue on in midtown Detroit moving into the future. We hope to serve all of our long standing clients as well as new ones going forward @ the Detroit shop.


I can’t express how much gratitude I have for the city of Rochester & all of our great clients in the area that have supported us over the last couple of decades.  None of the opportunities I've had over the last 20 years would have been possible without XS.  Thank you so much...


~Matt Hessler





LAST DAY!~ Saturday the 25th of August will be the last day of business @ XS!  Please join us between noon & 5 pm for an open house celebration of our long run @ this location.  The entire staff will be on hand as we bid farewell to Rochester.  We'd love to have friends old & new stop up to share memories & visit.  We'll have some fun gifts & a free raffle for some XS / Iconic swag!


SALE!~ All plugs, eyelets, and hanging designs are now a whopping (and final) 50% OFF. Come get what we've got while we've got it. T-shirts are going for a mere TEN DOLLARS. Double sided, full color, never to be printed again. Historical!



Location & Hours

105 E Second St Rochester MI 48307 


Open Mon-Sat noon til 8pm



In general, all services at XS are conducted by appointment.  Although we are always happy to accommodate walk-ins as time permits, scheduling an appointment guarantees each client a specific time slot. Please plan on contacting us as far in advance of the desired time as possible to maximize the likelihood of obtaining the optimal appointment time.



Contact Us

Please contact us via email with any questions regarding shop policies or for general info.  Due to constant updating of the artists' schedules, it is easiest to set up appointments by phone.

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