“Keeping It In The Family: Legacy of the PEARL”

“Keeping It In The Family: Legacy of the PEARL”

In the heart of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, a famed tattoo shop pulses with the vibrant energy and artistry of two brothers. In the bustling streets there stands a tattoo shop christened “Black Pearl Tattoo Gallery” that is as much a part of the city’s cultural fabric as the iconic Gateway Arch. This shop is owned and operated by brothers Roland Page Jr. and Jiro Page. Since 1994, it has been a beacon for tattoo enthusiasts, celebrities, and pro athletes alike.

The story of Black Pearl began when Roland Page Sr., a well-known tattoo artist, decided to pass on the torch to his sons after stepping down due to health concerns with Lupus. With a legacy built on precision and passion, Roland Sr. established a reputation that made the Pearl a sought-after destination for those in search of high-quality, artistic tattoos.

Roland Jr. and Jiro, growing up with the buzz of tattoo machines in their ears, learned the craft under the watchful eyes of their father. Each brother brings his unique flair to the shop’s offerings. Roland Jr., with a penchant for bold, exclusive intricate designs, complements Jiro’s body piercing expertise and detailed artistic approach. This dynamic duo’s collaboration results in a wide range of styles and expressions, making Pearl a versatile studio for various client needs. The brothers have inked numerous stars from the worlds of sports to movie industry ranging from the NFL, NBA to Netflix films.

Roland Page Jr. once known in the music industry as Yung Ro, made an unforgettable mark on the Billboard music charts as an independent dynamic and talented rapper. His journey in music, filled with promise and potential, took a heartfelt detour when personal challenges redirected him to fill his father’s shoes. A gesture that would honor his family legacy and harness a new creative spirit in the tattoo industry. A world where art still prevailed.

Follow the dynamic duo of body art on Instagram @yung_ro & @jiropage. Or check out the family movement at

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