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rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 5/9--Artist List

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The rec.arts.bodyart Tattoo FAQ is broken up into 9 parts:
 1/9--Introduction
 2/9--Getting a tattoo
 3/9--Sanitation
 4/9--Conventions
 5/9--Artist list <---YOU ARE READING THIS FILE
 6/9--Care of new tattoos
 7/9--General care/removal
 8/9--Misc. info
 9/9--Bibliography



Subject: WHAT THIS FILE CONTAINS This file is structured as a traditional FAQ in the form of questions and answers. Questions answered in this file: Rec.arts.bodyart FAQ Part 5/9: Tattoo artist list - Who is a good/bad tattoo artist near me? o Laws on tattooing (primarily in the US) o US States [alphabetical listing] o Outside the US [alphabetical by country] COPYRIGHT AND DISSEMINATION: Under the Berne Convention, this document is Copyright (c) 1997 by Lani Teshima-Miller, all rights reserved. Permission is granted for it to be reproduced electronically on any system connected to the various networks which make up the Internet, Usenet, and FidoNet so long as it is reproduced in its entirety, unedited, and with this copyright notice intact. Web sites are included. Individual copies may also be printed for personal use.
Subject: WHO IS A GOOD/BAD TATTOO ARTIST NEAR ME? The following is a list of artists who are personally reviewed by RAB readers. This list is now maintained in a database, and this list is generated out of the database. An interactive interface to the database is available at: http://www.1134.org/tattoodb A posting on this FAQ does *not* constitute approval, and is the personal opinion of the reviewer. For liability purposes, it is YOUR responsibility to check out the artist. Because I only accept personal recommendations, this list is limited to those who are known to people who read RAB There are many excellent artists who have not made it on this list yet. Just because an artist is not on this list doesn't mean they're not recommendable. Consider the reviews in this list along the lines of a restaurant or movie review--YMMV. If you do not see any artists from your area, I suggest you read the previous section of this FAQ on HOW to check out a shop yourself. Another way to is to ask a person with a nice tattoo, which artist did the work. This by the way, is always a very nice question to ask and will often elicit a totally different response from the tattooed person (since comments usually tend to be things like "Is that real?" "Did it hurt?"). Asking who the artist was that did the work is a compliment both to the person and his/her artist. To submit a review, use the online review form at: http://www.1134.org/tattoodb/newreview.php ANYONE can review an artist for this section. If you like your artist, get his name out on the Internet by writing a review! *RIGHT OF REPLY* Anyone mentioned here in the artist review who feels they have been misrepresented or who wish a "right of reply" are invited to send email to me at <stan@cosmo.pasadena.ca.us>. I can include rebuttals to negative reviews if they are properly concise. But the best defense is to get a satisfied customer to submit a good review. *Note to Artists* You cannot review yourself or your own shop. Every so often I get a self-review, and just file it. The whole point of this is to get reviews written by customers. ALABAMA: Tattooing of minors is prohibited. Shops are regulated by the state. Evil Ink Tattoos and Piercings 1430 15th St N, Bessemer, 35020 Ph: 205-428-9213 $100/hr cash Reviewed 06/2004 by Nicki <nicoles822001 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Evil Ink is very clean. I have been in other shops and none of them were as clean and friendly as Jay's. The employees make you feel at home and allow you all the privacy you need. The neighborhood has a mixed atmosphere anyone and everyone can feel comfortable there. Artist Review--Tat2 Jay: Jay was very professional on helping me design my custom coverups, but he was also considerate and didn't talk down to me like I was stupid for making 2 mistakes. He makes you feel like you've known him forever. Jay has been tattooing for the last 8 years in the Walker and Jefferson county area. Just ask Jay and he'll be happy to fill you in on his tattooing history. When Jay tattoos you he makes sure that you are comfortable with the surroundings and while he is tattooing you have his full attention. Just take the trip to Bessemer and you'll understand what I am talking about. Non Stop Art 195 West Valley Ave #G, Birmingham, 35209 Ph: 205-945-6762 Cash, All Credit Cards Reviewed 02/2003 by Julia Frost <johnnystiletto [at] earthlink.net> Shop Review: Non Stop Art is by far the cleanest shop I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. All of the artists change gloves ALL the time; needles are one-use and disposed of properly, and there is constant cleaning to prevent cross-contamination. All booths are private (the studio was a tanning salon before acquired by Non Stop Art), there is no-smoking allowed, and there are rules against distractions such as cell phones. All portfolios are displayed proudly, and the staff is all friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Artist Review--Chad Hubbard: Chad does amazing custom work and will work with you to find the perfect piece. His color work is amazing; very vibrant, with crisp details. His attention to detail and cleanliness is wonderful, and he puts anyone in the chair at ease. He has worked at several local parlors before opening his own, and was more than willing to accomodate my work/school schedule for my custom piece. He is very understanding to anyone being anxious or nervous about tattooing, and his work will speak for itself. Westcoast Tattoo Florence Blvd, Florence, 35634 Ph: 256-760-8011 $100/hr cash/credit card Reviewed 01/2007 by krystal <crazyartgirl [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop was very clean, sterile and nicely set up and in a very nice location. Privacy was great. Artist Review--Rusty: Rusty was very proffesional. Nice courteous and very well mannered. All I can say about Rusty and his staff is all good. Exotic Tattoos & Piercings 1408 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 36265 Ph: 256-782-3319 http://exotictattoos.tripod.com $85/hr Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Checks, etc. Reviewed 09/2002 by Amanda Cole <TattoozRSexy [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Exotic is the cleanest parlor I have been in, in my area. They strive to offer tattoos from a medical standpoint. I was explained that tattoos are an invasive procedure and should be treated as such. There are private rooms for tattooing and piericing. They say they are the cleanest and friendliest tattoo parlor in the south, and I tend to believe they sure are close to the top if not the top in clean and friendly. Artist Review--Janet Henry <Janetdoesink [at] aol.com>: She is a personable person. I felt like she was old friend. I really appreciate the way she worked with until I found exactly what I wanted. Everyone should have such a good tattoo experience. L.A. Body Art 221 Dauphin St., Mobile, 36602 Ph: 251-441-0000 Cash, Credit Card Reviewed 03/2004 by Jacob Hill <Jacobhill [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: L.A. Body Art has been around for years. L.A. Body Art was the first body piercing shop in Mobile. The establishment is very clean and has a wide selection of designs for you to choose from. There are two artist in this shop. Chassity (owner) and Denise. Chassity also does branding. Chassity and Denise both were featured in a 2003 book titled "Eletric Tattoo for Women". Chassity is very popular in the Gulf Coast area with her own talk show. Chassity has been on the cover of numerous tattoo magazines over the years. The shop also does body piercing along with the tattoos. The work space and over all appearence of the shop was perfect. The shop opperates on walk-ins and appointments. They are open seven days a week and is located in downtown Mobile. I encourage anyone who is intrested in a quality tattoo or piercing to vist L.A. Body Art, and talk to an artist about a design. Artist Review--Denise: Denise has been a tattoo artist for 21 years. Her chair-side manners were very professional, and at the same time made you laugh to "ease the pain". I felt that Denise was very thorough in the design. This was my first tattoo. She was very concerned about the process and made sure I was comfortable through out. Denise gave me a card with all the first couple weeks care instructions, and her phone number to call her if I had any questions. Denise also gives touch-ups on Mondays and Tuesdays form 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm free of charge if she gave you the tattoo. Denise specializes in animal portraits, but is vastly experienced in all ranges of design. Kaoz 330 University Blvd South, Mobile, 36609 Ph: 251-344-5343 $100/hr cash, credit, check Reviewed 01/2006 by Ali Tucker <seamonkey984 [at] comcast.net> Shop Review: Clean, laidback environment, private tattoo and piercing rooms, near University of South Alabama campus. All sterile guns and new needles. Artist Review--Lacee: Lacee tattooed my very first tattoo, the entire time she talked to me about her life and mine in order to avoid thinking about the pain of tattoos. Her artwork is no less than amazing and I highly recommend her to anyone who asks about local shops and artists. She has a pleasant demeanor and is very enthusiastic about every tattoo that walks through her door. She looks at every piece as a work of art and does her best to make sure you leave happy. Plus any work she does is guaranteed any touchups and such she does free of charge. Soon she is actually going to be fixing another David Bollt piece I had tattooed by another artist (that didn?t turn out so well) from what I understand she is also apprenticing another young artist at the shop by the name of Melissa. Over all I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great ink! Reviewed 01/2006 by Katherine <chasing_your_shadow [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Witnessed her using sterile equipment. Nice area of town, large selection of artwork and merchandise. Very cleanly and organized. Artist Review--Lacee: Very nice to talk to... put me at ease. Very talented portfolio and did a great job customizing a tattoo I picked from the flash on the wall. Karma Cycles & Tattoos 7745 Tara Drive, Mobile, 36575 Ph: 251-645-7440 Reviewed 09/2006 by Wayne Strickland <WSjsts [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop was very clean and pleasing to the eye. Was very impressed with the shop and the artist. Will return and also refer other to the shop. Artist Review--Lacee: The artist was very informative about what to expect and explaning how to take care of the tatoo aftercare. I would return for farther work. Very helpful. Note this was my first tattoo.. Reviewed 01/2007 by Gia Coleman <lcoleman62 [at] mchsi.com> Shop Review: Artist Review--Erin: Erin took an old tattoo and gave it flair. Go see Erin at her new place and see before and after shots. Good work Erin. I love it! Capitol City Tattoo 4127-C Troy Hwy, Montgomery, 36116 Ph: 334 286-9070 Cash, Credit Cards(5.00 charge for credit card) Reviewed 06/2002 by Wanda Geiger <walgeiger [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop is large with lots of tattoo art on the walls and several books of work on the front counter. I made visits here and to other shops in the area before deciding on CCT. The artists who work here are extremely friendly, helpful, and approachable. Everyone was in a good mood and genuinely happy to be there. You can see into the workrooms from the main area but they are behind glass and there are other rooms that are more private. The shop is clean, bright, and open. Artist Review--Duane: Duane has been at CCT for several years, is originally from Michigan, his wife also works here, and is very talkative. A co-worker had recommended the shop and had good comments on Duane. When I first came in looking at designs, he took time to show me tattoos similar to what I wanted and opened his portfolio to show me specific designs he had worked with the same theme. This really put me at ease. He even recommended websites where I could see other examples. We decided on a design, changing from my initial thoughts of a solid band to an S-shaped design that would work better. He gave me an estimate oncost ($180-240) and time (90 min-2 hours) without hesitation and both seemed appropriate as my design is about 5x3. We set an appt for later that week so he couldfinesse the design. When I called back and couldn't make the scheduled time he rearranged his personal schedule to come in when I could. He showed me the final design for my approval and once agreed we went to the chair. This was my first tattoo and I was very nervous, but Duane put me at ease and promised it wasn't near as bad as I thought. And it wasn't. I periodically checked his progress and was amazed at the amount of care he put into the coloring and shading of my design. His joking and conversation made the time and irritation of the needle minimal. Afterwards he gave me specific instuctions on care and how to use the Tattoo Goo. He also gave me an extra business card and said to call if I had any questions. It's definitely agreat experience and Duane is an A+++ artist!!! Capitol City Tattoos II 1665 E. Main St., Prattville, 36066 Ph: 334-361-7266 $120/hr Cash, Credit Reviewed 05/2004 by Candace Roberts <shawafb [at] ftc-i.net> Shop Review: Capitol City Tattoo II in Prattville, Alabama. Convenient location, great hours, Super Clean, Tons of designs on the walls to choose from if you don't bring something of your own. Friendly staff, VERY helpful, was more than willing to work us in on a Saturday sce we were from out of town! Even stayed after hours to finish my husbands design. Great Prices & Hourly Rates, All around GREAT SHOP, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Artist Review--Steffan: Steffan, What can I say, except this: I will never go to anyone else for another tattoo!! I will drive from S.C. to Alabama from now on to have my work done by this talented and extremely professional artist. Completely made me feel at ease, due to the area of my tattoo it was quite painful, he kept checking on me to see how I was doing, to see if I needed a break, Great chairside manners. His tribal art is by far the best I've ever seen. And, the custom tribal piece that he hand sketched onto my husband's upper left arm was by far phenominal. The tattoo I received is my favorite to date;(I have five). My husband's tribal 1/2 sleeve is my favorite on him;(he has 14)!! Quality Work, Completely made to feel at ease, coloring, shading, and fine lines AMAZING!! Reviewed 03/2005 by Summer <AlBrunnette [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Very clean, the privacy is very good and the neighborhood is great as well. I've never had a bad experience at Capitol City II.He is very friendly with the ladies. (KINDA CUTE) Artist Review--Stephan: Stephan did a cover up of a very bad tattoo done about 7 yrs prior. He turned an awful tattoo into the most amazingly beautiful butterfly anyone has ever seen.I get compliments on it all the time. Also, he did the tribal butterfly on my neck and the kanji symbol for dream on my wrist. The first one was the cover up, so I decided to start using him on all of my "projects". My husband had his arm band done by Stephan, and let me tell you, its awesome. He made it look like stone, VERY COOL. Reviewed 08/2005 by Laura Unger <saidnot [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Capital City II's shop is very clean, open and bright. Privacy is available if needed or desired. Easy to get to and in a nice community. Many design choices available, or bring in your own. Very professional. Artist Review--Steffan: Steffan did my first tattoo, on my stomach, in July 2004. Its a wasp (done in purple and green) and three black kanji. I love it! He was very willing to work with my own design and did a great job transfering what I brought in on paper to skin. He's a very laid back fellow and made me feel quite at ease. His concern for the location of my first tattoo was appreciated. He said tattoos on the abdomen can hurt quite a bit, but didn't actually try to talk me out of it. I found it to be merely a slightly annoying sensation at the time. The one he did on my lower back in June of 2005 hurt much more. This one is a phoenix done in reds, yellows and oranges with three black kanji. It is also a fairly large tattoo and, again, Steffan did an excellent job transfering my own design to skin. The things I like about going to Steffan are his ease of manner, his concern for my comfort, willingness to answer questions and his professionalism. He also works fairly quickly. My last tattoo, though fairly large (7" x7"), detailed and colorful, took less than 2 hours to complete. I walked out the door wanting to get another tattoo. When I decide on a design, which may be to elaborate the one on my back, I will go back to Steffan, no doubt. when I compare my tattoos, done by Steffan, to the ones my husband got in the Navy ... well there is no comparison. Steffan's work is far superior. I see some cover-ups in hubby's future. A-2-Z Body Arts Studio 1404 S 4th Street, Sylacauga, 35150 Ph: 256-249-4882 $100/hr Reviewed 09/2005 by Shannon McClellan <shannon [at] sylacauganet.com> Shop Review: The shop is clean and smoke-free. Artist Review--Steven Dowdy <steve [at] sylacauganet.com>: Steven has done four tattoos on me and they are unbeliveable... I have been around central Alabama shops. I know a lot of artists and I have had a lot of work by diffrent artists. Steve's flawless work has made him one of the best around, and no matter if its a $50.00 tat or a $300.00 tat you get the same quality. --==*-< >-*==-- ALASKA: Permanently Unique Ink 4100 Lake Otis Parkway, Medical Plaza Suite #205, Anchorage, 99508 Ph: 907-575-7622 $150/hr Cash or major credit cards Reviewed 01/2003 by Liza Sims Lawarence <IZNLPS4U [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Artist Review--Clayton Halfhill <permanentlyuniqueink [at] yahoo.com>: Mr. Halfhill performs the most "safest" procedures I've ever seen in the indusrty to date, using only disposable materials and equipment. His personal protective equipment, health & safety is second to none in the world. Everone should perform with this amount of care & consern for their clients as he does! He has been performing his art for decades in tattooing and for the last year he has developed into a great permanent cosmetic tech. He was reconized in "cosmetech magizine" a few months ago. --==*-< >-*==-- ARIZONA: Tattooing of minors is prohibited. Home tattooing is illegal. Bright Ideas 1425 North Central Ave, Avondale, 85323 Ph: 623-932-7890 $150/hr Cash, Credit Reviewed 11/2005 by Rose Barrientos <rbarrientos2 [at] cox.net> Shop Review: The area where the shop is is fine. The shop is clean. The staff is great and friendly. I ENJOY GOING TO THE SHOP. Artist Review--James: James is a grat artist and captured exactly what I was Looking for. The work is on my left arm. It is 3 orchids w/ 2 dragonflies and leaves. The detail is excellant as well as the vibrant colors. James is still working on it. He takes his time to make sure it is his absolute best. Her pays close attention to what his client is asking andd researches what is needed. He draws eveything out himself as well as shows what the color will look like. Each time I go back I am happier and excited to see the outcome. I have a 1/2 sleave. James is a very polite and focused person. He focuses on his task at hand. James is a true artist. James has been tattooing for 2 yrs. I wolud have never guessed. I just happened to ask him. I was shocked because I thought he has been doing this longer. He is very professional. I am very happy with his work. I would refer him to anyone. Reviewed 01/2006 by Aleasha B. <aleasha [at] javaluva.com> Shop Review: The shop is comfortable, clean and friendly. Artist Review--Ron Bernal: I brought Ron a list of ideas that I wanted to incorporate into the piece. He caught my vision and came up with a beautiful full color, multiple image design. Ron spent a lot of time and attention to detail. Ron is a true artist. I felt completely comfortable with him & everything he did. I would highly recommend visiting Bright Ideas and especially Ron Bernal. Body Art Tattoo 443 W. Main St., Mesa, 85201 Ph: 480-644-0812 http://www.azbodyart.com Cash, Visa, M/C, Discover, AmEx Reviewed 11/2001 by Nikki Redeker <nikkiredeker [at] cox.net> Shop Review: A very large, immaculate shop with several private artist studios and private piercing room. They have the most comfortable waiting room with a variety of flash, portfolios, magazines and a great selection of body jewelry. In addition they have a separate sterilization room with standard autoclave and chemclave. A very comfortable, private and friendly place to get a tattoo and/or piercing. Artist Review--Marc Lescarbeau <bodyart [at] azbodyart.com>: He can do anything from the most standard tattoo to a very custom detailed tattoo. An artist who takes his time and never goes beyond his limits or yours. He has an amazing way of taking a sometimes uncomfortable, irritating experience and making it a pleasant one. A very experienced artist who stands behind and guarantees his work. --==*-< >-*==-- ARKANSAS: State Annotated @ 5-27-228 (1993) allows the tattooing of minors with the written consent of the minor's parent, legal guardian or legal custodian. Knight Times Tattoo N. College, Fayetteville, 72701 Ph: 479-571-4465 http://knighttimestattoo.com $100/hr cash, credit cards Reviewed 11/2005 by Becky Nix <jade22 [at] pgtc.com> Shop Review: The shop is exceptional VERY clean and sanitary. They use new everything and just to prove that they break every needle that they use in front of you before you leave. Everyone is laid back and friendly and it is a very mellow and relaxing environment. And the decor is worth the trip, they have made the shop into a castle, with a full suit of armour and swords the works very cool. Artist Review--Leah Partridge aka Queen Bee: Incredible, I have never seen any tattoos better than her work. Both pieces far surpassed my expectations, and she is a very cool person to hang out with even while being tattooed for lengthy periods. She has since tattooed my husband as well and he was just as impressed. I have had all my work done by her and would never use anyone else. If she stops tattooing I will stop getting tattooed. Even though I have 5 other tats planned. Brainstorm Tattoo 46 E. TOWNSHIP, Fayetteville, 72701 Ph: 479-442-4877 http://www.brainstormtattoo.com $100/hr cash Reviewed 04/2006 by Laura <lameliaraley [at] gmail.com> Shop Review: This is the cleanest tattoo shop that I've ever been in. It's like a stylish hospital! Artist Review--Tim Martin: Tim is the nicest guy and one of the best tattoo artists I've ever met. He is gentle, sensitive to your pain threshold, and his designs are incredible. He has done custom work for me & his line work and coloring is incredible. Red Beard's Famous Living Canvas Tattoos and Body Piercing 413 Park Ave, Hot Springs, 71901 Ph: 501-623-4744 http://www.livingcanvas.net Reviewed 04/2003 by Amanda Christian <mmmsweet [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop is doctor office clean, but very comfortable, it has kind of a home feeling, very professional, good nice people. Great location in downtown Hot Springs. Artist Review--Will Garrabrant: Very patient, professional, and calming. PsychoDelic Butterfly 13316 I-30, Little Rock, 72209 Ph: 501-455-5252 http://thepsychodelicbutterfly.com $100/hr cash, credit cards Reviewed 05/2005 by Erin Diaz <white_rabbitt01 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop is very spacious and has loads of flash. Chris himself had two books devoted to his work. If there was something in particular that I wanted, he would be sure to find it for me. I was so happy with my tattoos I'm going to get the rest of mine there. Artist Review--Chris Santa Cruz <MRTAT2Z [at] aol.com>: He tattooed my married (last) name on my wedding finger and a tree frog crawling up my right foot. He used brand new needles and made me watch after he finished my tattoo as he threw the needle away. There was plenty of privacy in the room if I wanted something personal. Overall it had a very comfortable atmosphere. He has a B.A. degree from UALR in psychology. Santa Cruz Tattoo Company 7715 Crystal Hill Road, North Little Rock, 72118 Ph: 501-812-6432 http://www.santacruztattoo.com $100/hr Visa ,MC, AE,and Discover Reviewed 04/2004 by Kim Hitt <not shown> Shop Review: The shop is clean,Tattoo artists wear scrubs.Licenced by Ar. health Dept. Artist Review--Mike Santa Cruz <tat2mike [at] aol.com>: He really cares about the person being tattooed. Knight Times Tattoo & Body Piercing 1601 W Walnut, Rogers, 72756 Ph: 479-636-7465 Reviewed 05/2006 by Robin Pike <bobby.pike [at] sbcglobal.net> Shop Review: The shop was extremely clean. And the owner, Tom went out of his way to make sure you got the tattoo you wanted and he even followed it up with a courtesy phone call. Artist Review--James Edwards: I don't know anything about James Edwards except, he does great work. He is truely an asset to Knight Times. --==*-< >-*==-- CALIFORNIA California law states professional tattoo artists are not allowed to tattoo minors who are under the age of 18. Otherwise unregulated. Shannon O'Sullivan Altadena, 91001 Ph: 626-794-3731 http://www.myspace.com/shannonosullivantattoo Cash, or checks from established clients Reviewed 10/2003 by Stan Schwarz <stan [at] cosmo.pasadena.ca.us> Shop Review: Shannon's shop is behind her home, and it's like stepping into a big fantastic art project. The actual tattoo area is in the converted garage, with a view of the mountains. She works by appointment only. Artist Review--Shannon: Shannon is very pleasant to work with. She is a good artist, and can do lots of different styles. She also has very good technical skills, and she's fast. She can do a piece in half the time of some other artists, and the end result still looks great. You can see the pieces she did for me at http://1134.org/stan/tattoos/ Electric Dragon 21503 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, 91303 Ph: 818-999-0097 Reviewed 08/2003 by Elizabeth <beth [at] thefreehold.com> Shop Review: The studio is immaculately clean. Artist Review--Big Payaso: Payaso is funny and really puts you at ease, needles opened in front of me, autoclave, beautiful custom work, has been in the business 15+ years. Eternal Art 18438 Sierra Hwy #5, Canyon Country, 91351 Ph: 661-298-0897 Reviewed 04/2002 by Desiree Sargent <violetscream [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: At first, it seems a bit weird, because its on the corner of a dirty-looking street, and up these steep little stairs, above a pager shop, but inside it is very clean and comfortable. Artist Review--Shaun: Shaun is very helpful and congenial. He has done some very intricate work for me, and it has turned out awesome. (Better than I described or even IMAGINED) He pays special attention to detail, which is why I love him. He makes easy conversation while working on you, and has a bookcase full of all different things for you to look at. I've brought my sister to him twice, and I refer everyone I know to him. After seeing my tats, they all want to go to him anyway. =) He warned me about posting my tat pic on any sites, or even contributing it to magazines, because he fears someone may copy the art that belongs to me. (Who wants someone walking around with the same exact thing on their body forever as they have? What kind of self-expression is that?) I really appreciate the fact that he cares more about me than about making his name well known in magazines and whatnot. He is very nice, funny, and extremely talented. Alpha Omega 1121 North Texas Street, Fairfield, 94533 Ph: 707-428-6519 http://www.kissmytattoo.com/ Cash, Credit Card Reviewed 10/2000 by Karine Perttula <teddy [at] wonderland.com> Shop Review: The shop is very clean, the people are friendly. The artist has her own curtained off area which can be made to feel extremely private or open to the world depening on the work being done, and the person it is being done on. Artist Review--Lin Elliott: Lin's creation of my tattoo felt very much like a collabrative process. What I was interested in and wanted was always taken into consideration, if I didn't specify exacts and she came up with something she thought was needed she let me know her thoughts on the matter, but didn't push too have it done her way. L.A. Tattoo 6547 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028 Ph: 323-463-3919 cash and credit cards Reviewed 09/2003 by Stacy J Lecour <meanjeangirl [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: In the heart of hollywood, a big space with 4 artists that I saw. VERY clean, inviting, mellow enviroment. I didn't feel as though I was being judged when walking through the door. They were all very professional, perfectionists. Artist Review--Case: His name is Case, his eyes are beautiful, his touch was gentle, his work is awesome, people can't stop staring at it, and neither can I. I'd love to be in love with this cat. I almost kissed him when he was done. I think I should have. I'll be back for more. Skintagious Tattoo Los Angeles Ph: 818-321-7029 http://skintagious.biz $75/hr cash, checks Reviewed 03/2004 by Raven Allread <dramabird [at] msn.com> Shop Review: All was clean and in good shape. Frank opened all needles in front of me. He even brought his own chairs and scrubed them with something that made it smell like a hospital. I could not be happier with the work he did, and I never had to leave my house. Artist Review--Frank <plabnoid [at] comcast.net>: Frank made me feel as if I were an old friend.Put me at ease throughout the session. His work was the most compelling i've seen in Quite awhile. A true artist Temple Tattoo 384-17th Street, Oakland, 94612 Ph: 510-451-6423 $100/hr Cash only Reviewed 06/2000 by Bob Fickling <rbf [at] tsoft.com> Shop Review: The shop is located in one of the better downtown areas of Oakland. Lots of metered and lot parking. The shop is clean, well lighted and large. The artists are nice and friendly. Plus they do great work! Artist Review--Freddy Corbin: Fred Corbin's nickname is "Mr. Nice Guy" what else can I say? He started tattooing over ten years ago at Erno's in San Francisco and later worked at Ed Hardy's shop. He has tattooed all around the world and is know worldwide for excellent work. Incognito Tattoo 750 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite #6, Pasadena, 91101 Ph: 626-584-9448 http://www.incognitotattoo.com $100/hr Cash, credit cards Reviewed 02/2004 by Orlando Delgado <fifi91504 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop is like walking into an operating room as far as sanitation. The staff and fellow artist were all very friendly and courteous. They had some great music playing (Not too loud) the whole time and the location in Downtown Pasadena is incredibly safe. Artist Review--Jason Schroder <jason [at] incognitotattoo.com>: Jason was the first artist that I approached about doing this custom piece that did not hesitate taking it on. I gave him very little to work with and he had the artwork ready for me the day he promised. The next day I had the appointment for the tattoo and he was ready for me when I arrived. Jason was very friendly and polite and made sure I was comfortable the whole time. Jason owns the shop and is an incredible artist. The compliments I receive from strangers on his piece astounds me. Reviewed 06/2004 by Galen Loram <galen [at] its.caltech.edu> Shop Review: Nice and clean, though a bit out of the way. It is on the second floor in a decent part of town (not seedy, not ritzy). Everything was clean, and there was a back room for people who were getting more private tattoos, or a front room for those of us who were indifferent. Artist Review--Mojo: I was very impressed with Mojo (which is what he goes by, I don't know his given name). He's recently married with a kid, and graduated from art school somewhere in Boston. While tattooing he is quiet and very focused on the tattoo, though he is quite friendly when you come in, and is very accomodating on working with you to come up with a design that fits your specifications. I would certainly recommend him. Sacred Saint Tattoo 3763 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, 91107 Ph: 626-568-1055 http://sacredsaint.com cash you can also purchase time on the web site by credit card Reviewed 06/2004 by Shane Nicholson <desta13 [at] earthlink.net> Shop Review: Jing can do the tightest portrait work, Jerry does old school, color, black and grey, etc... Tom was a great artist to begin with and delivers the same quality in his tat work. Chester's spirituality as a Buhdist monk Trascends in his art and ink,and Brandon is the owner and the artist that chose to work on me and I am glad i never went back to the shops in my past. Drive down,run down,limp down or crawl down to the saints and check out their work.check out the clothes and stickers as well. Be part of the Saints Racing Team. Artist Review--Brandon Notch: This is the cleanest and most professional shop i have ever been to. Brandon is a top "Notch" artist and a hell of a nice guy.His professionalism is only surpassed by his art.Go to the site www.sacredsaint.com. The color combos he uses are sick, it really makes the work stand up.as far as cleanliness goes, Brandon was giving the blood pathogen classes in the area. Primitive Basic Tattooing and Piercing 112 N. Bradford Ave., Placentia, 92870 Ph: 714-579-7765 $100/hr Cash, credit cards Reviewed 03/2003 by Tim <tkinley2 [at] excite.com> Shop Review: They are very good. they are sanitary, and the shop is clean. They are very friendly, and professional. they only use needles once. They always use a new needle when applying a tattoo. Artist Review--Sherry: Sherry is very good. friendly, and has tattooed for over seven years. she has a light touch, and is very safe. she makes you feel very comfortable. I definietly recommend this shop for a tattoo. Homeward Bound Tattoo 2853 El Camino Real, Redwood City, State: Ph: 650-474-1100 http://www.homewardboundtattoo.bizland.com $120/hr cash/credit card Reviewed 08/2003 by Michelle <michelle_mouse76 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Homeward Bound is a cool shop, with 2 artists, Craig and Todd. The walls are absolutely covered with all different kinds of flash. While the shop is rather small, it is very clean and both Craig and Todd are friendly and helpful. Artist Review--Craig: Craig is a super friendly guy who put out some great work. I have been to him for 3 different pieces and I love them all. He puts a lot into his work and does some beautiful color work. He is also very friendly and puts you at ease, while cracking you up at the same time! Some joke that he is a bit heavy handed, but I have had pretty sensitive places done by him (wrist, chest and feet) and have not had any problems. I would and do recommend him to anyone looking for a bright, colorful tattoo. Liberty Tattoo 4544 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, 95814 Ph: 916-977-3977 $120/hr cash Reviewed 02/1999 by Pam Mann <pammy91836 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Artist Review--Bill Liberty: Bill not only does outstanding work, hischairside manner can't be beat. I gave him a computer-generatedpicture which he drew up and improved upon. My friend and I both gotthe same tat. This man is truly an artist - I have many other tatsfrom different artists, but I'll never go to anyone other than Billfor future work. Tattoo Infinity 1601 Fulton, Sacramento, 95815 Ph: 916-215-2169 http://www.tattooinfinity.com $120/hr Cash Reviewed 10/2003 by Tom Terry <tom [at] tomterry.com> Shop Review: Private Studio - consultation and tattoos by appointment only, no walk-ins. Studio is clean, very private and easy to get to. Artist Review--Eric Ross <ericross76 [at] yahoo.com>: Eric?s work is just as good as the Big Dog Legends of San Francisco, very detailed oriented. A nice guy with a different approach and philosophy who produces results that are both priceless & timeless. Bigrandz Tattoo & Body Piercing 3251 Adams Ave, San Diego, 92116 Ph: 619-283-5007 http://www.bigrandztattoo.com $80/hr cash,mastercard,visa ,dicover,atm Reviewed 03/2004 by bobby lane <randztattoo [at] sbcglobal.net> Shop Review: Shop is very clean well organized,very friendly staff,is located in old San Diego CA, on historic Adams Ave Artist Review--Randy Faber <bigrand [at] bigrandztattoo.com>: Randys a great guy who was brought up in the old school way of tattoing. Been tattooing since 1987. Very friendly and atentive to his clients needs, easy to get along with, vand very talented. 222 Tattoo 222 Eighth Street, San Francisco, 94103 Ph: 415-255-8222 Cash, credit cards Reviewed 11/2000 by Art Richards <sidha91 [at] hotmail.com (include RAB in subj line to escape filters)> Shop Review: UPDATE Same as my 1997 review. Might want to list other artists: Scott Sylvia, Jeff Rassier, Jesse Tuesday, Juan Puente Artist Review--Eddy Deutsche: A consumate custom artist. Has customers from all around the world. Very fast, wonderful colorist, easy manner. His backpiece won me Best Oriental Tattoo at 1999 Anaheim Tattoo Tour, the combo of back and arms won me Second Best Overall Male. Tattoo City 700 Lombard St, San Francisco, 94133 Ph: 415-345-9437 http://www.tattoocitysf.com $150/hr Cash, credit cards Reviewed 11/2000 by Art Richards <sidha91 [at] hotmail.com (include RAB in subj line to escape filter)> Shop Review: Tattoo City moved about two blocks down the street about a year ago into bigger quarters at the corner of Lombard and Columbus. Private booths for each artist. Clean, bright, and spacious. Good transportation. Artist Review--Jef Whitehead: Young artist, going up like a rocket. I don't take red ink easily, but his work on me did not fall out and is still as bright as it was 2 years ago. Reviewed 11/2000 by Art Richards <sidha91 [at] hotmail.com (include RAB in subj line to escape filters)> Shop Review: SEE MY EARLIER REVIEW ON JEF WHITEHEAD, SAME SHOP. Artist Review--Don Ed Hardy: What can you say about Ed Hardy? The man is a legend. Still doing superb work after 32 years in the business. Very fast, he outlined and did the body color on my deity (about a foot high)in about 2 hours, finished the fine detail work in another appointment of 1 1/2 hours. Charges a premium rate, but worth every penny. Only works two days a week now. Took me about 2 months to get a consultation, another month for first appt. Reviewed 11/2000 by Art Richards <sidha91 [at] hotmail.com (include RAB in subj line to escape filter)> Shop Review: SEE PREVIOUS REVIEW ON JEF WHITEHEAD, SAME SHOP. Update: Nalla Smith is no longer there. Current artists include Colin Stevens, Jef Whitehead, Tim Lehi -- and Hardy a couple of days a week Artist Review--Tim Lehi: Gentle, quiet, almost shy, very pleasant young man. A terrific artist, I am always knocked out by his beautiful taped to the walls of his booth. The Fudo has exquisite detail and beautiful coloring. I plan on getting him to fill in the rest of the thigh. Reviewed 10/2003 by Rick Rutledge <rickrsf [at] pacbell.net> Shop Review: The shop is clean, well lit (lots of windows), and inviting. Music varies (artists take turns choosing), and everyone I've interacted with there has been very friendly. Artist Review--Tim Lehi: Tim's work is increasingly well-known, and my piece has been mistaken for the work of Horiyoshi III at conventions; one fellow from Australia asked "Horiyoshi, or Tim Lehi?" Tim is booked months in advance now, and does mostly large pieces. Tim's art in various media ranges from gruesome to sublime. I chose very traditional Japanese, and it was beautifully executed. I'm VERY happy with the work and the experience, and I intend to go back for more. You can see pictures at http://www.inkbear.com Art Work Rebels 1755 Market St., San Francisco, 94118 Ph: 415-552-4297 http://www.grimemonster.com $150/hr cash Reviewed 11/2002 by Mercury Ellis <Heavymeddlekid [at] aol.com> Shop Review: A spacious new shop, very clean with amazing art by people like Ed hardy and a huge awesome dragon mural by the Grime. They have folding screens for privacy and both Jason Kundell and the Grime are "really nice guys." The shop is easily accessible by subway and bus. Upper Market/outer Mission district.. . Artist Review--The Grime <grime [at] grimemonster.com>: The Grime is amazingly fast, creative, smart, and funny, is a snappy dresser and has excellent taste in music. Oh yeah, his tattoos slay me. His reputation precedes him of course, but if you don't know then check out his website above. He has worked with Marcus Pacheco and Ed Hardy himself, and has paid his dues. Has self-published a really cool book. Another consummate artist who can take the most trite, played out image and make it fresh, and also is able to take a unique idea and make it work as a tattoo. He has a very light touch and a great eye for color. Did I mention he was fast? Godspeed Tattoo 620 S. Norfolk St, San Mateo, 94401 Ph: 650-558-1922 http://godspeedtattoo.com No checks Reviewed 07/2001 by Ozzy <burlfire295 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Godspeed is the nicest shop I have ever seen. It is clean and spacious and is very welcoming. Walls are covered with big paintings and custom art. Booths are private and large. Artist Review--Kevin Marr <owner [at] godspeedtattoo.hpwebhost.com>: Kevin has been tattooing for about 3 years. Turtle from Gene's Body Art in Long Branch NJ taught him. He said he always liked to draw with a passion and focus on tattoo designs. Spider Murphy's 939 Tamalphis Street, San Rafael, 94901 Ph: 415-460-6979 Cash or credit cards Reviewed 07/2000 by Bob Fickling <rbf [at] tsoft.com> Shop Review: A small, clean shop in a good neighborhood with easy to find metered parking. Artist Review--Theo Mindell: Theo Mindell does great tattoos, enjoys tattooing and has good manners. Another "nice guy". Reviewed 02/2003 by Lynnette Frary <lynnettemfrary [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop is funky, relaxed, comfy, the sanitation is good to my knowledge, no privacy there is only one chair. The neighborhood is good, difficult to find parking. Artist Review--Theo: Theo is a wonderful person he is a great artist, friendly and charming. However, his new staff can be abrasive and disrespectful to possible clients. I've recently had three people tell me that they were treated poorly upon arriving. Sad to see that happening when Theo was alone, I think things were better. Tattoo Santa Barbara 318 State St, Santa Barbara, 93101 Ph: 805-962-7552 http://www.luckyfish.com Cash, Visa/MC, AMEX, ATM cards Reviewed 04/1996 by Sean Corfield <sean [at] ocsltd.com> Shop Review: Excellent sterile conditions despite a wonderfully cluttered shop with great guard dog. Plenty of things hanging from the ceiling to keep the eyes occupied while being worked on. Lots of soothing music, celtic, new age whatever. Work area only separated from walk-in area by a counter but still reasonably private. Artist Review--Pat Fish <patfish [at] luckyfish.com>: Pat is a fiercely independent, outspoken woman who doesn't suffer fools gladly. Taught initially by Cliff Raven, she has built up over 10 years of experience running her own shop. She takes great pride in her work and is very patient while dealing with placement and customisation of the design. Her knowledge of Celtic art and culture is extensive and she has a real passion for it. Reviewed 09/2005 by Wendy Shindle <wshindle [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Pat is very thorough with sanitation and shows you a video on the safety measures she takes before she starts to work. Her shop is in a strip mall on State Street but is off of the beaten path so there aren't many walk-ins and folks hanging around. The shop is bright and colorful with lots of things to distract you--tropical fish tanks, bizarre artwork, things hanging from the ceiling, etc. Artist Review--Pat Fish <patfish [at] luckyfish.com>: Pat has a well deserved reputation for being abrupt and shamelessly honest, but she is funny, interesting and very willing to work with you to customize your design. She has been in the business for over 20 years and has lots of experience with Celtic knotwork, and she did an absolutley wonderful job. Staircase Tattoo 628 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, 95060 Ph: 831-425-7644 http://www.staircasetattoo.com Reviewed 02/2002 by Elena Bridges <elenathered [at] msn.com> Shop Review: the entire experience was very nice and exceptionally clean. i wasn't tressed with a bunch of other people around just tim and myself. he was exceptionally cool which was very important because he also did my first tattoo. Artist Review--Tim Bonagario: he apprenticed with a guy named phil who's pretty well known- works in Fla. now. Tim is really cool and patient when you need to take breaks. His work is fantastic- the colors are amazing and the tattoos look just like the pictures. Tim is amazing i don't know any more about his training as he was referrred by a friend whom i trust. Reviewed 12/1999 by Barry Blanchard <barry [at] anatometal.com> Shop Review: There are two male tattooists, 4 female. One of the cleanest shops I have ever seen. All the tattooists have won awards for various work at tattoo conventions. The studio has also won "Best Tattoo Shop in Santa Cruz" every year in the local paper. The have four autoclaves, a clean room, a bio-hazard room, and sinks at every station. James McDermott has the only studio in this town that conforms to all areas of our new tattoo and body piercing sterility laws. I would not go anywhere else. Artist Review--: King of Spades Tattoo Studio 1410 E Foothill, Upland, 91786 Ph: 909-982-2786 http://kingofspadesartco.com cash, credit, ATM Reviewed 04/2005 by Israel Hughes <israshane [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop has a real good vibe and friendly atmosphere. The place was freshly painted and seemed to be very clean. King of Spades is located in an open commercial shopping plaza. It's on a main street in a business area, so you know they're not a "fly by nite" Artist Review--Chris Gove <chris [at] kingofspadesartco.com>: I got really good tattoo care instructions and my tat did not scab up and the black is so black, it's "abyss" Reviewed 07/2005 by Franco Olite <mrfranco_12 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Very clean, very freindly and neighborhood is all right. Artist Review--Christopher Gove <Chris [at] kingofspadesartco.com>: Chris was very professional. He just tattooed the design on my belly without a stencil. Very fast and good ! Reviewed 08/2006 by Joe Senra <HEYMIKEPPS [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: SHOP WAS CLEAN, COOL ATMOSPHERE, I WATCHED T.V WHILE I GOT INKED, COOL MUSIC, PEOPLE, AND OWNER WAS COOL AND BOUGHT ME FOOD. Artist Review--Tyoni Aragon: SHE ACTUALY TALKED TO ME WHEN I CAME THRU THE DOOR, FRIENDLY PROFESSIONAL, GREAT ALL THE WAY AROUND ARTIST. SHE DID A DAY OF THE DEAD TYPE NEW SCHOOL ON MY CHEST IT PRETTY F***ING PERFECT. CUSTOM ALL THE WAY. --==*-< >-*==-- COLORADO Breckenridge Body Art 520 S Main St, Breckenridge, 80424 Ph: 970-453-6063 $120/hr Cash, credit cards Reviewed 12/2006 by Liz Bekin <lizbekin [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Cleanest shop I've ever been in!walls are made of ice block for ease of cleaning, goes beyond normal cross contamination procedures. Beautifully designed and health aware! Artist Review--Kauri Tiyme <fusion [at] tmail.com>: The artist Kauri has international awards, is kind and compassionate, has a college education, did a proffesional apprenticeship under keely at the enchanted dragon and has been tattooin since '91. She has her own unique style that has endured the test of time, 5 years later my lines ae still crisp and the color almost blinding. She has more true and real talent than anyone I have met thus far. Her style is educated and different from anything I have ever seen. She books out about a month to a month and a half in advance so make an appointment. She owns the shop and works 6 days/week. I love who she is! Tattoo X 576 Marquett Dr, Colorado Springs, 80911 Ph: 719-390-0111 $100/hr cash/credit cards Reviewed 01/2006 by Susan Ogden <zoomurai [at] earthlink.net> Shop Review: The shop was very clean. Very nice inside and out. All disp.needles-neighorhood is quiet. Artist Review--Chris Desilets, Kent Sanders: A++ Very nice-I will send every one I know there! Peter Tat-2 3216 E. Colfax, Denver, 80206 Ph: 303-399-4343 http://petertat2.com Cash, credit cards, NO Checks. Reviewed 06/2005 by Richard Matney <richtriton [at] comcast.net> Shop Review: The shop has an open simple feel, almost retro, like I would expect a tattoo shop from the 50's to be like. Plenty of flash. They keep the shop very clean at all times. The shop is located in an older part of town, but a average neighborhood. Artist Review--Address: <petertat2 [at] petertat2.com>: I have a FULL back piece in old school style similar to WWII sailors got showing King Neptune protecting a ship at sea, except use of modern coloring and shading, have won awards with it at tattoo contests. I have a traditional Navy anchor with banner, a phoenix all in beautiful blended full color flames, the word "Compassion" written in Tibetan done in negative space surounded by a smoke wash, very cool. I have a Christian cross with a rose, a Thor's Hammer, and a Tibetan eternity knot all in black and white with shading. I also have a nuclear radiation symbol and a hourglass with wings that has very nice gray with pink highlights blended into the wings. He has great ideas about color, placement and has nailed every tattoo he has done for me. The designs he comes up with truly seem to be pulled from my brain. He is that good. Eric really believes that a tattoo should be clean, simple, bold, and high in contrast. He works well with me designing my tattoos. I believe he has been tattooing for about 7 or 8 years including his apprenticeship. He is extremely clean and sanitary. Eric is Straight Edge as is James who will be doing some work on me too. Absolute Tattoo 15750 South Golden Rd. Unit #5, Golden, 80401 Ph: 303-277-9505 $100/hr cash or credit Reviewed 03/2006 by Sadie Robinson <Sadiejane85 [at] comcast.net> Shop Review: The cleanest shop i have been into, neighborhood is quite and peaceful. Spencer treats everyone like a good old friend. Artist Review--Spencer Reisbeck: I have a full sleeve done of traditional art work and then a half of a sleeve on my leg of traditional work.Spencer is very polite and is willing to stop whenever you are. He is patient. He is certified by the american tattoo institute. --==*-< >-*==-- CONNECTICUT: Connecticut General Statutes 53-41 (1991) makes it illegal to tattoo minors under the age of 18 without parental consent. Otherwise unregulated. Green Man Tattoo Studio 207 Park Road, West Hartford, 06119 Ph: 860 232-TAT2 http://www.greenmantattoo.com Reviewed 03/2005 by Rebecca Lovelace <usagikawai [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop is very clean and comfortable, and the staff is friendly. It is in an OK neighborhood. They advertise (and follow up on) using new needles. It is a bit open, but the tattoo area is at least surrounded by a half wall. Artist Review--Ken Adams: I was very happy with Kenny. He's been tattooing for 9 years. His work was just amazing, and he is a very friendly and interesting person to talk to, so chatting with him helped pass the time during my 2 hour session. He did an excellent job sketching a design based on my description, and worked with me to modify his initial sketch to come up with something I loved. His use of shading was great, too. I would highly recommend him to anyone, but especially for any custom Celtic work. He spends time researching for designs when necessary (we talked about another design he had worked on), and really knows knotwork inside and out. --==*-< >-*==-- DELAWARE: Prohibits piercing, tattooing, and branding minors without parental consent Laws: http://www.state.de.us/govern/agencies/legis/lis/139/bills/95428.htm Independent Tattoo #3 West Fenwick Station, Selbyville, 19975 Ph: 302-436-5581 http://www.independenttattoo.com Reviewed 11/2005 by John Hicks <john.hicks [at] auab.aorcentaf.af.mil> Shop Review: The shop is immaculately clean, and pleasant to be in... You don't get the dirty cluttered feel that you get from some. The artists have private rooms. Ony 15 minutes from Ocean City, MD, and very easy to find. Good sized collection of flash, and a very helpful and friendly staff... Not at all intimidating for a newbie... I have not been tattooed by Jay Cooper, another artist on staff at independent, but his work is impressive too... Artist Review--Matthew Amey: Matthew is very skilled, and dedicated to the quality of his work. After looking at his portfrolio, I knew that I wanted him to tattoo me. He definitely has strong artistic integrity... Take my word for it! . Matthew's grasp of color is insane, and he is FAST. Matthew likes to keep entertained throughout the process, and if you strike a rapport with him, you will be engaged in some very interesting conversation. Matthew has been tattooing for 14 years. You can view his work at http://www.matthewamey.com, and http://www.independenttattoo.com I guess at the end of it, all I can really say is that the overall experience was great, and the evidence it left is awesome. A realistic flame half-sleeve on my right arm. I told him about the idea on Friday afternoon, and on Saturday morning, he showed me some digitally manipulated flames, and had me see which pattern that I liked best. He took six strong lines from it, and free handed the rest. Matthew's color work is beautiful, and the blends are sick. The flames look incredibly realistic, and I am complemented them all the time. I am planning to have another complex piece done by Matthew very shortly... --==*-< >-*==-- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Unregulated. Legislature: http://www.dc.gov/ No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- FLORIDA Tattooing must be performed by a licensed physician or dentist, or a shop that is under the vouched supervision of one. Minors must have parental consent. Laws: http://www.flsenate.gov/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch0877/SEC04.HTM&Title=-%3E2002-%3ECh0877-%3ESection%2004 Artistic Addictions 5536 International Drive, Orlando, 32819 Ph: 407-354-3200 Cash, Credit Cards Reviewed 04/2003 by Nicole Gray <Seraph1sin [at] earthlink.net> Shop Review: The shop is very clean and set in a strip mall that has ample parking and is very easy to locate. The rooms are very private and the atmosphere is very relaxed. The shop is in a very safe area close to many tourist attractions. Artist Review--Lance Norris: Lance is incredible at coming up with unique ideas for new work. Lance has done three tattoos for me at this time. The center of my upper back has an angel that is so colorful most people think it is airbrushed on. The tattoo on my left shoulder is an angel that appears to be a bit darker in nature, but is so full of detail everyone is impressed. Lance also did a small bit of congee work for me that has very clean lines. Lance has a very relaxing manner and makes everyone feel at ease. Rock-N-Roll Tattoo Inc. 6100-5 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, 32808 Ph: 407-296-0098 http://www.rock-n-rolltattoo.com Reviewed 01/2005 by Elaine T. Oliver <wwe_tigerrose2003 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Unique Rock & Roll theme, super clean & comfortable. Private rooms for tats & piercings. Nice neighborhood, open 7 days & nights a week. Huge choice of designs, flash can be conveniently flipped thru on poster-sized wall hangings. Several Artists. Artist Review--Azrael Rodriguez: Azrael is very friendly & personable. Paid close attention to detail. Asked me several times during tattoo process, to make sure he knew exactly what I wanted. Gave good written aftercare advice, & way to contact if needed. Even took pictures afterward. Very Professional & excellent artistic talent. Aurorafx @ Level 5 Tattoo 4333 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34231 Ph: 941-929-9060 http://level5tattoo.com $125/hr cash, credit cards Reviewed 03/2006 by Terry Sherman <T_2valvetard [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: To be honest, Rhian and level 5 has better sanitation than any doctors office i have every been in. The surronding buildings and such are very up scale. For such a place, I have seen more law enforcement there chatting about thier next piece or the one they just got or such. I never thought there were som many in that field in Sarasota. Artist Review--Rhian Fenick <rhian58 [at] yahoo.com>: From start to finish, Rhian felt at home and very comfortable, which made my first tattoo go lots easier than i had thought. Her surroundings are very interesting and creative, kept me busy mentally i think. She had the greatest touch and was very exact in all her work. There is none better that i have found comparing all mine from her to any magazine and such. Awesome lines and shading. Rhians chairside manners are great, she knows how i feel before i do i think, like she can just sense it. She had just enough breaks and such where the hard parts were not that bad at all. Her second tattoo on me was a cover up. It came out great, can not see what was ever under it. There was a black blob basically that she turned into a chromed out eye. There are none better that i have heard of or seen thier work. Everyone that I know that goes to her are extremely happy just talking to her and working on the idea of a tattoo. I have done some research on Rhian, she will not tal k too much about her awards and such, but she has been in every magazine at one time or another, won varied awards at conventions, and done more than her share of tattoo fix's. The more i learned, the more i know i have the best work on me. Serenity Body Modifications 11502 N. Nebraska Ave. Suite 105, Tampa, 33612 Ph: 813-971-5312 http://www.geocities.com/Eureka/Enterprises/4799/serenity.html cash, credit cards, no checks Reviewed 08/2000 by Deborah Chance <dchance1 [at] tampaybay.rr.com> Shop Review: The shop is located in a small 'strip' shopping center. Shop is neat and clean, nice music playing.There is a comfortable waiting area.Skip tattoos in a small private room, there is another room for tattooing, also. There is a poster hanging in Skip's room, decribing sanitation procedures. Artist Review--Skip Sampson <serenityBM [at] aol.com>: Skip made me feel at ease, even though it was my first tattoo. He spent 3 1/2 years at McKenzie's Forever Ink as Mgr./artist, and 2 years at Blue Devil Tattoo Gallery in Ybor City. Does custom work, not just flash. Atomic Tattoos 1512 Fowler Ave. Unit, Tampa, 33612 Ph: 813-910-7777 http://www.atomictattoos.com Cash, credit cards Reviewed 03/2005 by Sara Mitchell <saramwrap [at] livejournal.com> Shop Review: Atomic Tattoos is part of a chain -- I cannot speak for the other locations, but the North Tampa shop is very nice, clean, and comfortable. Located near the University of South Florida, the clientele comes from the university and local neighborhoods. The shop has an open layout, with multiple artists' stations in one room. Decor is modern and attractive, plenty of flash and art displayed, and everyone I encountered was friendly, helpful, and fun. Artist Review--David Bruehl <david [at] atomictattoos.com>: Dave is an amazing artist, on and off the medium of skin. An art school graduate, he paints, draws, and is just a creative person all around. He's quiet but friendly, and he has an amazing ability to take a client's ideas and turn them into the perfect custom piece. I'd say that his "specialty" is custom work, especially larger pieces -- he really has the ability to create unique and remarkable designs. I have an immense amount of respect and trust in Dave -- he worked on my pubic area tattoo for the better part of day and was friendly, clean, and a perfect gentleman. He's still fairly new to the industry, but his portfolio demonstrates that he more than makes up for that in skill, talent, and creativity. --==*-< >-*==-- GEORGIA: Official Code of Georgia Annotated @ 16-5-71 (1993) states that it is illegal to tattoo a person under the age of 18. Violators are guilty of a misdemeanor. Also, OCGA @ 16-12-5 states that it is illegal to tattoo within one inch of an eye socket. Otherwise unregulated. Time Bomb Tattoo 1035 Baxter Street, Athens, 30606 Ph: 706-316-2223 http://http://www.timebombtattoo.com Reviewed 03/2003 by Robert Newsome <rnewsome [at] uga.edu> Shop Review: Nice size shop, very comfortable and VERY CLEAN. If you're getting the kind of work that requires privacy, or if you don't want other people to be around when you get tattooed, this is ever a problem. The location is easy to find, and is near a drugstore if you need to pick up any after-care supplies when you're done. Artist Review--Chris Parry: Chris is extremely friendly and is an excellent artist. I will go back to him for the rest of my tattoo work as long as I live in this town. His ability to take a verbal description or a rough sketch and turn it into a finished work is excellent. One of the most patient, nicest tattoo artists I've met. Sacred Heart Tattoo 483 Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, 30307 Ph: 404-222-8385 http://www.sacredhearttattoo.com cash, credit cards Reviewed 11/1999 by Kim Wilson <gt4938d [at] prism.gatech.edu> Shop Review: The shop was very nice and clean. The atmosphere was friendly, and there were large quantities of flash. They also provided resource books like a dictionary of Chinese symbols. They had private rooms and a more public area. The shop is located in Little Five Points, a district known for interesting shops. Artist Review--Colette: I was very impressed with Colette. She spent a lot of time to help me choose the colors I wanted, sketching out several schemes to help me choose. It was my first tattoo, and she was very good at making me feel comfortable and at ease. She did a great job with coloring and shading the tattoo; it turned out even better than I had hoped. I was very pleased with the whole experience. Psycho Tattoo 6214 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, 30328 Ph: 404-255-8282 http://www.psychotats.com/main_frames.html Cash, credit cards Reviewed 09/2005 by Noel Richey <belloforte713 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: I was overall extremely impressed with the shop- I have been in doctors' and dentists' offices that were less sanitary, neat, and pleasant. Artist Review--Adam: Adam was amazing. This was my first tattoo, a 21st birthday gift to myself, and I was very nervous. Despite the shop being fairly busy, he took time to explain the whole process to me, looked up the correct kanji in a Japanese/English dictionary (rather than relying on someone else's book, which I don't trust), then blew it up to size on the copy machine. He explained the positive/negative points of the two places I was considering placing it, and discounted me a bit for it being my birthday. Overall, he made me feel very comfortable with the decision. <br><br> Adam is not listed on the Psychotat.com website, so I can only assume that he has not been there all that long. However, he has been tattooing for several years, and his competence was simple and direct. He had a great chairside manner (I was extremely nervous, and he had me soothed almost before I knew it), and his station (as well as the rest of the shop) was neat as a pin. Everyone in the shop chatted pleasantly for a few minutes, and wanted to see when he was finished. <br><br> Once we actually began, he wasa complete oerfectionist, redrawing the line down my spine twice to make sure it was perfect, placing the stencil several times to get it just right, etc. He had a good bit of GORGEOUS custom work in his station, and talked to me about it while working on me. He was very careful and gentle, and overall made my first tat a very pleasant experience. It looks great, is healing well, and he offered to touch it up as needed later. I will definitely return there. Ink Rush Tattoo 101 Newnan Road, Carrollton, 30117 Ph: 770-834-5854 Cash and Credit Cards Reviewed 06/2004 by Tracy Lewis <vonlyomega [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop more than meets standards in terms of sterilization and the staff within the shop are very kind and helpful. The atmosphere within is not intimidating and I think that clients will find that personality from the artist himself with make for a wonderful experience. Artist Review--Marti Martin: I have 30 tattoos and all but one have been done by Marti that r ange from small pieces to large pieces on the left rib cage. I would rate Marti, on a scale of 1-10, a 10 on the work that is produced, the kindness and time that is taken with each client and the overall concern for the client after receiving the work. He is very in tune with the needs that the client has when entertaining the though of getting tattoos and puts his heart and soul into his work. Think Ink Studios 7718 North Main St, Jonesboro, 30236 Ph: 770-572-4902 $75/hr cash, credit cards Reviewed 11/2006 by Ashley <vothestar [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop was clean and sterile, the people and the environment made me feel relaxed and at home. Great prices too very reasonable. Artist Review--Jeff Seagraves <info [at] thinkinktats.com>: Jeff has over 10 years experience, and kept me relaxed and humored the whole time. He listened to what I wanted and executed it beautifully. He did two oldschool sparrows,one with a halo, the other with horns. A tribal butterfly with a lot of detail, a nautical star and hebrew words. It seems to me he loves what he does and he is awesome at it. Aart Attack Tat 2 1411 Hogansville Rd, LaGrange, 30241 Ph: 706-845-9911 cash, credit cards Reviewed 01/2005 by Claire and RamRod Smith <sassybean100 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop is clean and everyone is friendly. Jessie has been gone but is coming back - I already have like 3 more tattoos I want her to do for me. Artist Review--Jessie: Jessie is the BEST!! She took my artwork and turned it into the best tattoo I have ever had. Jessie makes you feel like your tattoo is the most important one she has ever done. Ivory Tower Tattoo & Body Piercing Emporium 406 Fair Road Suite #9, Statesboro Ph: 912-764-5048 Reviewed 08/1999 by April Greene <aldgreene [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop is located conviently near the center of town in a small shopping center. They are open 7 days a week from 12am to 12pm. Its better to get an appoitment, he is quite busy. Inside the shop is spotless. Everyone who works there is eager to help and they put you at ease, kinda make you feel at home. All of the equipment is sanitized and Gentleman Ross wears gloves the entire time. He has a private room for tattooing and a separate room for piercing. You could not ask for a cleaner shop or nicer people. Artist Review--Ross Craven: Gentleman Ross has been tattooing for about 3 years. I was the second person he did a portrait on and my husband was the first! I literally have had people stop me on the street to see this tattoo up close(its on my thigh)! He has a tendency to be quiet when he works-concentration ya know! But he is a very knowledgable person who knows his trade and can explain anything you ask him...I asked a lot of questions! He answered them all and put me at complete ease. My first experience will not be my last, thanks to Ross! --==*-< >-*==-- HAWAII Tattooing of minors is prohibited Legislature: http://www.hawaii.gov/icsd/leg/leg.html Tattoos by Jack Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu Ph: 808-216-4797 Reviewed 01/2005 by Michelle Snyder <mishi2001shea [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop is very sanitary, a very welcoming environment. The feel of the shop can be compared to meeting up with old friends. Very much the Aloha Spirit. Artist Review--Jack Omoto <theinkpit [at] hawaii.rr.com>: Jack is very professional and has been drawing most of his life. He started tattooing professionally approx 8 years. I personally have not seen anything this artist could not draw just from a brief description he is totally amazing. I Spent the day at the shop over New Years and watched this artist work. I watched him design customers tattoos just by them telling him what their vision was. The tattoo was designed while the customer waited. The designs were awesome and every single customer left the shop totally satisfied with the work and price. --==*-< >-*==-- IDAHO: Tattooing laws: Nonexistent and unregulated. Sandpoint Tattoo & Body Piercing 206 N. First, Sandpoint, 83864 Ph: 208-265-5212 $30/hr cash Reviewed 08/1999 by tracy canon <t.a.canon [at] worldnet.att.net> Shop Review: the shop has several methods of sterilization, the total environment and feel of the shop is relaxing,privacy screens are available. The artist is a true professional. Quality of work is his primary concern, his rates reasonable the attitude is one of openess and honesty. VERY REFRESHING! Artist Review--kevin: Kevin has over 20 years experience, first learning his trade in Sydney Australia. He has had several shops in his career, southern California and now in the panhandle of north Idaho. He has clients come over from Canada, Washington state, Montana, Oregon,Utah and even Germany. As stated above his mannerism is calm and quiet, honest and open. True professional and asset to the business. He has the lightest touch which is very nice on tender areas. The quality of work is fantastic, like looking at a picture not just a nice tat. --==*-< >-*==-- ILLINOIS: Illinois Compiled Statutes Criminal Code of 1961 720 ILCS 5/ Professional tattoo artists are not allowed to tattoo minors under the age of *21*. Violations are considered a Class C misdemeanor. Otherwise unregulated. Legislature: http://www.legis.state.il.us Laws: http://www.legis.state.il.us/legislation/ilcs/ch720/ch720act5articles/ch720act5Sub17.htm Nick's Tattoos 1020 Derby St., Pekin, 61554 Ph: 309-346-8287 http://www.nickstattoos.com $100/hr cash, credit, check Reviewed 12/2002 by G. J. Oakley <ermd1996 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: This shop is "SUPER" clean. The environment is kept in a professional manner pursuant to OSHA. Privacy is available due to 5 individual rooms. The area of town the studio is located is easy to find and comfortable. Artist Review--Nick <nicktattoo [at] aol.com>: Nick has done my work, he has tattooed over 10 years and I found him to be extremely knowledgeable in areas of infection control and very aware of sanitation. I myself being a physician am very concerned about safety and Nick's Tattoos has surpassed all my expectations. Clean lines and bright colors no problems at all. --==*-< >-*==-- INDIANA: Tattooing of minors is prohibited. Skeleton Crew Tattoo 907 Washington St., Columbus, 47201 Ph: 812-378-9277 Reviewed 00/0000 by Misty <nettafaye [at] voyager.net> Shop Review: Very sanitary, good location,comfortable enviroment. Artist Review--David Neugenstump: Dave is polite and easy going. His work is out of this world. I would recommend him to anyone. #1 in southern Indiana to me. The Dragon Slayer 2801 N. Wheeling Ave., Muncie, 47303 Ph: 765-289-8153 http://www.dstattoo.net $125/hr Cash, credit cards, checks Reviewed 08/2005 by Jim Cornelle <www.iuforu103 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Shop was very clean, relaxing and each artist has their own private booth. Artist Review--Toby Phipps: He is very thorough and methodical in his tattoo method. A real perfectionist, he makes sure you're happy with his work. Very clean artist in every aspect! New Breed - the future of tattooing and body pierc 328 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette, 47906 Ph: 765-743-6307 http://montetattoo.com cash, credit cards Reviewed 06/2002 by Lyndsey Hahn <livingdeadgrrl [at] att.net> Shop Review: Artist Review--Monte <monte [at] montetattoo.com>: Monte is absolutely the best tattoo artist around. At New Breed, every precaution is taken for sterilization and cleanliness. The finished art is completely phenomenal on every customer. --==*-< >-*==-- IOWA No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- KANSAS No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- KENTUCKY: Legislature: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/ Altered Image 101 Campbellsville St., Columbia, 42728 Ph: 270-384-6675 Cash, credit card Reviewed 05/2003 by Beth Murray <opeth89 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The artist (and owner) is VERY particular about sanitation, sterilization, and regulations. It is a very small shop with only one artist, and the atmosphere is great. Flash covers the small wall space, as does some older pics of his work. His various certificates and awards hang in the rooms where he works. Artist Review--Kendall Pierson: Oh, I don't know where to start. Although I haven't "shopped around," I don't think I'd ever find a better artist. Kendall, or "Just Plain Bud" has traveled the world and has been in the business for close to 40 years. In 1983, he was (and I believe this is what he said)International Tattoo Artist of the Year. If this title doesn't exist, I apologize for my poor memory, but he was something BIG. Despite this world-wide recognition, he has settled in Columbia, Kentucky, and he is the most friendly person you'll meet. And funny. It's hard to be tattooed because you can't stop laughing. And he works with you on a fair (I refuse to say cheap, it's bad for business) price. One time I was quite short of the quoted price because of a misunderstanding, but he did it anyway and did an awesome job. My pics are posted under the "Music" category at bme. It's of my upper back, and I have the Opeth logo, 2 orchids, and a cross on the left. Bud is absolutely amazing. Body Works Tattoos and Piercings 1426 W Lexington Ave., Winchester, 40391 Ph: 859-737 1070 Cash Reviewed 01/2001 by Samantha <Phelix2 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop is user friendly and neat!!! It's very groovy clean and does more than just meet all the requirements for a parlor. Chris wore gloves cleaned the tattoo area was calm and nice during both my tattoos and my piercing. Chris is must if you are going to get anything done!!!! ;') Artist Review--Chris Reynolds <Chris [at] bdyworks.com>: The shop was user friendly with information about the services offered and chris has ideal tattoos hanging all over the place. Everything was beyond perfect from the way he had everything layed out to the chairs and the sterlization... --==*-< >-*==-- LOUISIANA: Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:93.2 (1992) states that tattooing minors under 18 is legal only with the consent of a parent. Violators are fined $100 to $500. Otherwise unregulated. Big Daddy's Body Works 15788 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, 70819 Ph: 225-274-8601 $100/hr cash, credit card -debit card, local checks Reviewed 04/2003 by Anna M McCleskey <meemee2love [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Remarkable...for the Baton Rouge area it's awsome. Clean as a doctor's office and more comfortable. A "MUST SEE" if you're in the area. You would never believe it used to be a Tamale shop! It has had a complete makeover! Artist Review--Chris Allen: Health Board Certified; in both Louisiana and Arkansas. Has been trained in CPR, First Aid, and Blood Pathogens. One year apprentiship 8yrs. ago. Kinda quiet as he works but always answered any questions. Reviewed 12/2004 by Angelyn <evangelyne [at] aberrantbliss.net> Shop Review: The shop was sparking clean and sanitary, and there was a room in the back for privacy. Probably the cleanest shop I have ever been in. Artist Review--Chris Allen: I have two pieces from Chris. He custom drew an oriental dragon for me from a teacup I brought in. It is red, green, and yellow with superb detail. It was done several years ago and the colors have not faded any and have never been retouched. The other tattoo is the Japanese symbol for love, in the same colors. These are the only tats I have and I love them! If I decide to get more, I will never let anyone else ink me besides Chris! Chris has also done some of my piercings and I have been very pleased with them. Chris is Health Board Certified, and has training in CPR, First Aid, and Blood Pathogens. Chris is quiet, yet polite, easy to talk to, and very informative. --==*-< >-*==-- MAINE: Bar Harbor Tattoo 40 Rodick Place, Bar Harbor, 04609 Ph: 207-288-9722 http://www.bhtattoo.com Reviewed 05/2003 by Rich Cassey Jr. <richard.cassey [at] us.army.mil> Shop Review: This is with out a doubt the cleanest most sanitary shop I have ever been in. Liz and William are true professionals. Not pushy and not in hurry to get you out of their shop like some I have been in. No one else will ever do my art work! Artist Review--Liz Cornelius: Liz has done 3 pieces for me not including touch ups oonother tattoos I received from other artists. She did a bottle nosed dolphin on my chest in pen and ink style to complement the pen and ink Great white her husbnad William did for me. She also custom-designed and inked me up with a nautical coat of arms. My favorite piece by Liz was a cover up of an old faded badly damaged King Neptune which she completly rebuilt and added an American Flag. Liz has been featured in skin art magazine, and has been in numerous other articles about women tatto artists. she is a perfectionist but very relaxed. --==*-< >-*==-- MARYLAND: Tattooing laws: unregulated. Great Southern 9403 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, 20743 Ph: 301-474-8820 Reviewed 05/2000 by Markeeda Guest <mskeeda [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Nice neighborhood, the rooms were private, but small. Provided candy, and other snacks while performing the tatooo. Artist Review--Charley: Charley did great work!! His personality was great, he told jokes, stories, and whatever else to keep the atmosphere light. He was helpful in keeping my mind OFF of the pain:) Personal Art Studio 13404 McMullen Hwy, Cumberland, 21502 Ph: 301 729-8282 cash, credit card, debit card Reviewed 05/2002 by Jennifer Mulledy <junipertulipifera [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: My after-the-fact research of what to expect from a good tattoo artist has described Mary's shop to a tee. Clean, not intimidating to the first (and only) timer like myself, thorough explanation of the process and tools, and they gave me a second sucker even after I laughed at the idea in the first place. Artist Review--Mary: Friendly, professional, customer-oriented, an overall pleasant experience (minus the pain). I would definitely recommend her, particularly to the introverted woman, I believe I was much more comfortable with a female artist. Dragon Moon Tattoo 208 North Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, 21061 Ph: 410-768-6471 http://www.dragon-moon.com $150/hr cash, credit cards Reviewed 08/2003 by Arthur Adams <arthur [at] smart.net> Shop Review: Sanitation is excellent. They use an autoclave, and have actually helped write state and Federal tattoo shop guidelines. The neighborhood is nice. Nothing impressive, but far from seedy. Privacy is very good, with private "booths" for each artist, well-separated from the waiting area. Artist Review--Mick Michieli-Beasley <info [at] dragon-moon.com>: "Ms Mick" as they call her, is wonderful. She has considering background in tattooing, and you can get details at the shop's web site. She is incredibly friendly and patient, and made the entire process a pleasure. I can't recommend her highly enough. Criminal Ink Tattoos 5480 S. Maryland Blvd., Lothian, 20711 Ph: 301-751-7773 cash, credit cards Reviewed 04/2004 by Candid Matthews <lilma1x [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Very clean and organized. Everything about the shop is very professional. Plenty of privacy if needed. Easy access location. Artist Review--David Shider: Incredibly friendly and patient and made the entire process a pleasure. Soft spoken and he did a great job. About You Tattoo P.O. Box 278, Shady Side, 20764 Ph: 410 867 1500 http://www.belovedbitch.com cash only Reviewed 03/2001 by Jerry Towns <rdkngjc [at] aol.com> Shop Review: very clean and organized. It's a private studio where she focus's on YOU ...Shuvl beatings are sometimes free depending on her mood Artist Review--Rebecca " Ruby " Rasbury <rebarazz [at] aol.com>: she specializes in making it perfect for you Ink Junkeez 10545 Theodore Green Blvd., White Plains, 20695 Ph: 301-932-0277 $75/hr cash, credit Reviewed 04/2004 by Sarah Knight <sarie_02 [at] excite.com> Shop Review: The shop was very clean and the art work was displayed openly for everyone to browse. The moment you walked in someone was there to answer any questions you had. The rooms were very private and away from the waiting area. Artist Review--Bill: Bill was great. He talked to you and made you feel very comfortable during the whole process. He even talked about his family. He did everything by the book and made sure you witnessed the sanitation process. --==*-< >-*==-- MASSACHUSETTS: Habitat2 599 Main Street #B2, Hyannis, 02601 Ph: 508-790-8287 $150/hr cash Reviewed 09/2006 by Shanna Clifford <jules_220 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Extremely clean, very professional, top-notch, cape cod's premiere tattoo shop, High standards and Quality work Artist Review--Josh Artocin: Josh Artocin has been tattooing for 22years, has his BFA in Fine Arts/Illustration, was in a double platnium record band, graduate of RISD apprenticed in Japan with Soo and Hideki at shitzu tattoo, budy mott and rusty ash in Rhode Island, has tattooed numerous famous people and is easy going, excellent!!! I have a butterfly and Josh did a cover-up on my husband's shoulder it came out awesome! Reviewed 10/2006 by Louis Sarkas <lsarkas [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Although the shop is located in Hyannis on Main Street, it is somewhat off the beaten path, it is not a high profile area so it offers you Josh' full attention, no tire kickers coming in! The shop is clean! Sanitation is not an issue, Josh and Julie are ready to be inspected at any time by the board of health! Cleanest shop in town or on the cape! Artist Review--Josh Artocin: Josh hand sketched a real picture from 1890 of a horse drawn steamer engine from Boston. The tattoo was placed on my upper right bicept 1/2 sleeve. No outlines whatsoever in this piece - all fades and shades with superb attention to details, such as the 1/4" face on the engineers on the engine. Absolutly 100% realistic! Josh has a BS in illustration from RISD! That is all you need to know! He is very personable, and caring towards your needs when you are on the table or in the chair, always offering you anything to comfort you like a soda, food, etc. And when you are in the chair no one else exists except you! He has an apprentice who also has a degree in illustration, she is not on board 100% as she lives a few towns away, but her work is also great! You would be foolish to go anywhere else on Cape Cod! Dark Star Tattooing & Piercing 53 Forge Rd., Westport, 02790 Ph: 508-636-3555 http://www.darkstartattoo.net $100/hr Cash or all major credit cards Reviewed 09/2005 by Michael "Smitty" Smith <unity122967 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop is very clean, newly opened & isn't cluttered with things to distract you from the reason your there. All artists at the shop are licensed & are fully certified in CPR, blood borne pathogens, & dermatology. Each artist has his or her booth for privacy. The artists are helpful & friendly in trying to make your decision the right one & your experience a good one. The shop is located off a major route so finding it isn't difficult & it's in a friendly area so you won't be nervous getting there. Artist Review--Troy Wilson: Troy Wilson did work on me which I am very pleased with. I first went into the shop because of a flier I received in the mail. I felt at home almost as soon as I walked in, there wss no pressure to get something or a rush to show off their work. I browsed the portfolios & was impressed right away. Troy had the style I was looking for & explained an idea I had. I later looked on line fo r his name & found that he had some impressive flash for sale. He told me to give him a few days to work on it & he'd be in contact. Sure enough he did & it was excactly what I had in mind. I soon had 3 other tattoos by him which I'm very proud of (unlike some of my past ink!) My girlfriend has also had a tattoo reworked by the other artist at the shop, Steve Patnaude. It was started at another shop, but she wasn't happy with them or the way it was turning out. After hearing Steve's ideas on fixing it & seeing his work it was a no brainer! Anyone who visits the shop & meets these artists & sees their work will most likely be getting some work done soon. There is a body piercer who is also a registered nurse available at the shop if a tattoo isn't in your future. --==*-< >-*==-- MICHIGAN: Tattooing of minors is prohibited Doctor John's Body Art Studio 33160 Groesbeck Hwy., Fraser, 48026 Ph: 586-415-5903 http://drjohnstats.com Cash Reviewed 06/2002 by Beth Gothro <mzbetherz [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Everything about the shop is very professional, very clean. Plenty of privacy if needed. Easy access location. Artist Review--Doctor John <doctorjohn [at] ameritech.net>: Doctor John has decades of experience and is a wonderful artist. He's easy to talk to, doesn't talk you into anything you don't want, KNOWS his stuff. I was very impressed. I intend on returning for one or more additional tattoos, and recommend him to anyone who wants quality work done. Body Armor Tattoo 3101 S. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, 49008 Ph: 269-552-9100 Cash, Credit Cards Reviewed 06/2003 by Corey Elmore <kudkillioughta [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Body Armor was very sanitary. Earl sprayed down the entire area with an antibacterial disinfectant and everything was autoclaved. Laid back environment, open booths that are well-lit. Privacy can be requested for intimate tattoos or shy people. Decent neighborhood. Artist Review--Earl Cronkright: Earl did a great job. He had no problem drawing up what i requested, and was fast and fairly gentle with the tattoo. Made sure that I was okay several times during the tattoo, since he knew that it was my first time. Very experienced. $100 for a large arm piece. Willing to touch up despite my over-cleaning. Tribal Image 55 W Nerpessing St, Lapeer, 48446 Ph: (810) 667-3292 http://www.kustomtattoos.net Cash, Credit Card Reviewed 12/2004 by Alan Spence <A_SPECNEUSMC [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Clean,good,alot Artist Review--Jeremiah: He was very professional. good manners. Has tattooed for the past 3 years. --==*-< >-*==-- MINNESOTA: Must be 18 or have parental consent. Laws: http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/609/2246.html No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- MISSISSIPPI: Main Steam Tattoo 1240 W Main St, Tupelo, 38801 Ph: 662-842-3248 $80/hr All Reviewed 05/2005 by Melissa Ramey <mjr302004 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: NEAT CLEAN, COLD, VERY COLD,TO CLEAN ROACHES COULD'NT LIVE THERE FRIENDLY, FUN , FANTISTIC , PRIVATE, EXPERINCE...WOULD RECOMEND..TO ANYONE Artist Review--Josh: FIXED A HUGE SCREW UP ON MY LEFT FOREARM, TURNED AN DRUNKERS FLY INTO A BEAUTIFUL COLORFUL BUTTERFLY/ TRIBAL. YOUNGER GENERATION,EXCELLENT MANNERS, ENJOY THERE JOB, GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS, BEAUTIFUL ART, WONDERFUL EYE CANDY. MAGICAL BLUE EYES, A CHARMING SMILE , GREAT CHAIR SIDE MANNERS,,, --==*-< >-*==-- MISSOURI Tattoo artists must be licensed by the state. Legislature: http://www.moga.state.mo.us Laws: http://www.moga.state.mo.us/statutes/c300-399/3240522.htm Tatmandu Tattoo 733 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, 63701 Ph: 573-334-7101 Reviewed 04/2006 by Michele Ferguson <shellmo69 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Huge 3 station/3artist lobby looks like a living room with flash in labeled books. Lounge in back with pool table, soda, TV etc. Very clean great sterilization. Owner/artist Karl greets everyone and takes time with them pull curtains for privacy. Busy street by river section logo/get what u want where u want from who u want Artist Review--Karl Ketchum: Karl is tattooist/musician/painter/hippie/single dad with full cusody of 4yr old and 7yr old. Has tattooed all over us talks of alot of old timers like Col. Todd. Tells great jokes and makes u feel very comfy. Southpaw tattooist with his own lettering that people come for from all over. Cares about the art and won't tattoo or pierce underage or tattoo any racist work. I would date him in a heartbeat and wont let anyone else do my ink! Skin City Tattoo 14400 Hwy. Z Suite 13, St. Robert, 65584 Ph: 573-336-4376 http://www.catbones.com Reviewed 04/2001 by Sara Mitchell <saram [at] wam.umd.edu> Shop Review: Note: The people from Fay's have all moved to Skin City: Fay's Tattoo Shop is a very traditional tattoo shop. It is exactly what one would expect to find near a large military base. The walls are covered floor to ceiling with flash, and the counter features a display of tattoo-related materials. Each artist has their own enclosed room. The shop is clean and I have no doubt that the artists are very safe and sanitary. The shop is located on a major road, and is very accessible. I found Fay's Tattoos to be a comfortable, professional, fun environment to be tattooed in. Artist Review--Cat Spencer <catbones [at] acid.org>: Cat Spencer is an incredible tattoo artist and an incredible guy. I felt completely at home working with Cat on design, and just talking with him. He does very good work, on and off the skin. He is experienced, award-winning, talented, and an all-around great person. He handles color and black and grey very well, with an outstanding use of white ink. I have seen his mastery of many different styles and types of tattoos. He has enthusiasm for the art of tattooing. He was well worth flying out to see! Reviewed 04/2001 by Angie Kuhns <destrss [at] mdo.net> Shop Review: Each artist at the shop has their own room. The shop is very clean and there is a very large assortment of flash to browse through. Artist Review--Cat Spencer <scarecrow [at] catbones.com>: Cat Spencer is a great tattooist with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of artistic design. He is also a very easy going nice guy, which makes getting work from him a real pleasure. He is a "Master Tatooist" and a credit to the profession. Reviewed 04/2001 by Russ Burdick <grub [at] extrapolation.net> Shop Review: fays is a quiet little shop filled with nice people. it looks like a typical tattoo shop in that the walls are covered with flash. they have a tv and dvd player in the cozy lobby and there were movies playing through the day. everyone in the shop was very friendly and nice. the shop was clean and they were happy to show off their cleaning room, autoclave room, etc. great shop! Artist Review--Cat Spencer <scarecrow [at] catbones.com>: artist review: cat rocks! his artwork is great, he's super friendly and fun to talk with. great chair side manner. if i remember our conversation right, he apprenticed in kansas city for a couple years in the early 90s and has been tattooing for about 10 years now. i've seen his work on myself as well as several other people and it's all great. i drove 1800 miles (round trip) to get tattooed by cat. i cant recommend him strongly enough. cat rocks! there is further info/pics on my webpage at http://extrapolation.net/bodyart.shtml if anyone wants more info. --==*-< >-*==-- MONTANA: State Code 45-5-623 Prohibits tattooing of minors without parental consent Legislature: http://leg.state.mt.us/ No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- NEBRASKA Unregulated. Liquid Courage 2636 S. 84th St., Omaha, 68124 Ph: 402-926-4968 cash Reviewed 10/2002 by BobbiLeigh <blueb99 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Liquid courage is THE cleanliest shop i have ever seen. They are an all custom shop and they have very resonable prices. They also do free touch ups for life. Every person in the shop I have met is very friendly and professional. Artist Review--David: David is a custom artist. He is the most sanitary tattoo artist I have ever seen. I told him what i wanted and he drew it up better than I could ever imagine. His prices are extremely reasonable. His manner is wonderful it was my first tattoo and I was very nervous at first and he had no problem giving me a small break and he is very easy to be comfortable around. He is somewhat of a perfectionist I will just go in with friends and he will look at my tattoo and say it needs a little touch up or he has a new idea for highlighting. --==*-< >-*==-- NEVADA Legislature: http://www.leg.state.nv.us Distinct Ink 1501-1 Fairview Drive, Carson City, 89701 Ph: 775-883-6878 http://www.distinctink.com cash Reviewed 11/2004 by Wally Brown <mr.crowley [at] sbcglobal.net> Shop Review: Clean, Autoclave, new needles, strict hand wahsing technique. Clear set of "shop rules".....AWESOME work by ALL the artists! Above all, a friendly and clean envirionment. Artist Review--Zack <tattoo [at] distinctink.com>: Zack and the whole team at Distinct Ink are the ultimate professionals. The atmosphere is comfortable, the artists are talented, and the shop is spotless! --==*-< >-*==-- NEW HAMPSHIRE: Tattooing of minors is illegal (considered "endangering the welfare of a child"). Otherwise unregulated. Scorpion Tattooing 129 Rockingham road Rt28 Hillside Plaza, Derry, 03038 Ph: 603-434-4798 http://www.hometown.aol.com/scorpiontatu $100/hr cash and credit cards Reviewed 02/1998 by Maria Van Amburgh <maria43436 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Very clean shop. I felt like i was in a doctor's office..everything was pure white. No smoking in the shop. No food. Had plenty of flash and showed custom work from portfolio. Total privacy on getting tattooed. Complete sterile conditions. Located in mini mall. Plenty of parking, handicapped accessible. Artist Review--Mark Hesse: Mark Hesse was a really nice man. Very easy to talk to, and listened to what i had to say. Explained everything very professionally. He took his time doing the tattoo, even though there was a waiting line, I will not go anywhere else for my tattoo. Reviewed 04/2000 by Nadeen Belliveau <lucky98396 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Clean and bright shop with nothing to hide. Private area for tattooing. Mark explain sanitation procedures to me which made me feel at ease (My first tattoo). Shop is located off busy road Rt28 in strip mall. This shop does walk-ins..so if there is a wait you just put your name up on the board and go visit or eat at other shops in the mall. Artist Review--Mark Hesse <scorpiontatu [at] aol.com>: Mark has a great personality. He told me that all his work is guarantee and please to come back when tattoo is healed. I highly recommended this shop cause you won't be disappointed. Reviewed 04/2001 by Mike Jesionowski <Mikejes [at] aol.com> Shop Review: He is very talented with his detailed work. Artist Review--Mark Hesse <scorpiontatu [at] aol.com>: Very clean and outstanding place. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is thinking of tattooing. Jim's Tattoo Studio 256 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 03874 Ph: 603-474-8754 http://jimstattoo.com cash, credit cards Reviewed 03/2006 by Kristin Paquette <moonlitrealm [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop is that of a typical tattoo studio. The walls are covered in flash work when you walk in. Each artist has their own room. They won't try to talk you into something you don't want. If you want something custom there are several great artists available there. Call ahead to see who's available. They use pre-sterilized tools, one-use only. Artist Review--Bubba Jones: Bubba made me feel totally at ease (it was my first tattoo.) He's a great guy and he does an amazing job. He made sure that I was as comfortable as possible. His portfolio is incredible and I was very impressed with the amount of detail that he put into my tattoo. Reviewed 03/2006 by Kristin Paquette <moonlitrealm [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Artist Review--Pat and Korey: Last February my cousin and I went in with a couple of butterfly images that we were wanting to base a tattoo on. Korey came up with a beautiful custom butterfly for us in the end. We were really picky. Well, I mean we'll have it forever so we should be right? He was great he listened to what we wanted and came up with the perfect image. We got the same tat in the same spot but Korey did the actual work on Nikki and Pat did mine. Those two were wonderful. They have great chairside manners. I even got to watch a movie while I had mine done. When I was finished I went in and sat with Nikki while Korey colored hers in. He matched the shading and every little detail to the one Pat did on me so they're identical. We were both really happy with the work we had done. Sadly as mine healed I lost a few spots of color but it wasn't anything major and it was fixed for free. --==*-< >-*==-- NEW JERSEY: Legislature: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ Laws: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=67469&Depth=2&TD=WRAP&advquery=tattoo&depth=4&expandheadings=on&headingswithhits=on&hitsperheading=on&infobase=statutes.nfo&rank=%20%20&record={963B}&softpage=Doc_Frame_PG42&wordsaroundhits=2&x=53&y=13&zz= Jersey Devil Tattoo Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, 08012 Ph: 856-228-0049 Reviewed 03/2005 by Chris Interlante <TheKing4345 [at] msn.com> Shop Review: The shop was very easy to get too and was very clean and organized. Artist Review--Tracey: Tracey was great! She did a terrific job on both of my tattoos, and was very informative. She constantly made me feel comfortable and made great suggestions for coloring and placement. I am looking forward to going back to see her for my next tattoo this summer. She is the only artist I will use in the future. Tattoo Garage 169 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, 07003 Ph: 973-680-9990 http://www.tattoogarage.com $100/hr cash Reviewed 01/2006 by Tom Sharpe <dropdeadcustoms [at] optonline.net> Shop Review: It is on the 2nd floor. They have a lot of stuff on the wall to choose from ,or in my case get something custom. The cleanest and friendliest shop I have ever been in. He made my wife and I feel at home. I had been there a couple of times to get sized up, to see first draft drawings, and then to get tattooed. He always has a smile and makes poeple laugh and feel at ease and right at home. I was used to the typical tattoo shop attitude. Not there. I believe he has been professional tattooing for over 8 years. The shop is clean, clean, clean. I suggest you go and see him. Artist Review--Chris: I was refered to Chris by one of my friends. His shop is spotless. That was one of the things besides talent that I demanded in an artist. I found all I was looking for. He custom drew a dragon for me, which also covered a small tattoo. AMAZING!!! Nobody else will ever tattoo or pierce me or my wife, but Chris. First Place Tattoos 195 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Hackettstown, 07840 Ph: 908-852-8989 cash, credit cards Reviewed 10/2000 by Rachel D. Thiemann <axlnova [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: really nice shop, clean, showed me how all items are sanitized and opened all needles in front of me, private 2nd floor shop several rooms to look at work on the walls and another separate room for the work to be tattooed. Artist Review--Michael Holub: I first went to this artist when he was in Newton, NJ at another shop and tracked him down so he could do another tattoo. I found him to be great. He designed both my tattoos right in front of me. He was honest about my color choice not being very good and offered another option, but said he would do whichever I wanted. Of course, I went with his recommendation and never regretted it. He was very calming and relaxing when I was having difficulty with the pain while doing the tattoo on my ankle. I went to several other shops before deciding to have my tattoos done with Michael Holub and found his prices were very reasonable ($120 for ankle and $100 for arm). I can't wait to go back and have him design another one for me! I honestly don't know much more background or if he has any degrees, but he is a talented artist regardless. Reviewed 08/2001 by Scott Caufield <superfly355 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Super clean, user friendly, lots of designs to pick through hanging on the walls. He opened all material right in front of me and explained the entire process, during the application and for the weeks after. A+ establishment. Artist Review--Mike Holub: Mike hand drew the design, as he did for many of my friends. I left the design totally up to him, seeing his past work many times. He has a degree in Art from Trenton State University and I have seen much of his artistry beyond the tattoos. For someone I would have never expected to be in this field, he has sure found his niche. You will not be disappointed. Go there if you want something original, don't waste your time picking a # off the wall and running the chance of coming across someone with the same exact piece on their body. Reviewed 03/2003 by Tom Bloomer <turtlenestdekc [at] AOL.com> Shop Review: Mike's shop is clean, well organized and friendly. Mike's shop is easy to locate, has ample parking and is in a safe neighborhood. Artist Review--Mike Holub: Mike Holub is a no nonsense, easy going, articulate man who can tattoo almost anything on anyone. His tattoo of mountain lion and jaguar heads on my arms are totally outstanding. He is an artist anyone can trust, especially those getting tattooed for the first time. Reviewed 07/2006 by Mr. ibeam <ibeam23 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Clean and fun shop. Very reasonable rates. I've been inked by all three artists there, and all are very good, and also do artwork OUTSIDE of tattooing. Artist Review--Jeff Lowe: Jeff has tattooed my full chest, full right ribcage, tops of both feet and finished off my right sleeve. Very professional with a great flare for black and gray original work. He made me feel very comfortable, and everything he has inked on me is full custom work. He finished off my right sleeve totally freehand. Tattoos By AJ Schiller Ave, Hamilton, 08610 Ph: 609-931-0182 http://www.tattoosbyaj.net Reviewed 05/2005 by Amy <wickeywoman [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop was extremely clean, and AJ's personality made me feel so comfortable. We chatted like we have known each other for years. I will definitly be back for an AJ original! Artist Review--AJ Eubanks <ajtattoo [at] yahoo.com>: He fixed an horrible tattoo I have been unfortunately wearing for the last 10 yrs. AJ has been tattooing for 10 yrs now and his work is unbelivable. His chairside manner made me feel comfortable, and excited to come back. Hoboken Body Art 107 10th Street, Hoboken Ph: 201-963-4070 http://hobokenbodyart.com $100/hr cash & credit cards Reviewed 02/2003 by Jaime <bebe6909 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Very clean. Artist Review--Herbert, Robbie, Frank: Very professional - comfortable atmosphere. --==*-< >-*==-- NEW MEXICO: Unregulated. Legislature: http://legis.state.nm.us/ Addictive Ink Tattoos and Body Modifications 6904 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, 87108 Ph: 505-268-5006 http://http://addictiveink.com Cash and Credit Cards Reviewed 09/2002 by Melissa Fletcher <angelztats [at] att.net> Shop Review: Addictive Ink Tattoos upholds the highest degree of sterilization.They surpass even the requirements of most dentist and doctors offices. They were named"NICEST TATTOO STUDIO" in 2002 by the National Tattoo Association and named one of the Best Tattoo Studio's in the southwest by Avalanche magazine. They are a clean personal shop that offer private rooms when required.And they always add there personal professionalizm to the total experience that Addictive Ink is known for. Artist Review--David Martinez <addictink [at] aol.com>: David Martinez is an International award winning Tattoo Artist who has won awards for everything. Color, Portraits, Black and Grey, realistic etc. He has been Tattooing for almost 10 years and has owned Addictive Ink for 7 1/2 of those years. He works well with people and is known for being able to perceive what people want in their tattoos.He is a custom tattoo artist ,so he is also known for his ability to draw whatever you want. he's "THE" tattoo artist around thse parts. 71 Tattoo 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, #2, Albuquerque, 87111 Ph: 505-294-8384 http://www.71tattoo.com cash, credit cards Reviewed 11/2006 by Nancy Bennett <micoud [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: 71 Tattoo is newly established and gorgeously spacious. The inviting waiting room is stunningly under-decorated with blue walls and a thoroughly sparkling dark blue floor. The flash is displayed in a way that it has become art (not an easy task). The private tattooing and piercing rooms are large, clean and warm. 71 Tattoo is located in a nice neighborhood, easy to find at a major NE Heights intersection. Artist Review--Marty Williams <mroc71 [at] yahoo.com>: Marty Williams worked with Jamie Trujillo and operated Chrome Ohm in Seattle. He has been tattooing for about 13 years, went to art school at UNM. Marty has great technical ability, creative juices and a good patter. He can read his clients and adjust his commentary accordingly. His strength is custom-work: give him an idea and he more than runs with it. --==*-< >-*==-- NEW YORK: Tattooing of minors is prohibited. Tattooing became legal in New York City in 1999. Masterpieces Tattoos 627 Madison Street, Brooklyn, 11205 Ph: none Cash, credit cards, checks Reviewed 03/2005 by Valerie A. Winborne <wakinglotus [at] msn.com> Shop Review: The masterpieces shop is a clean pleasant environment. You enter and feel relaxed, while you get your tatoo done there are snacks and drinks available for purchse and fabulous music playing. The conversation is lively and the company is worth keeping. Artist Review--DG Wilson: DG is the best. I had Tatoos done other places and DG had to co rrect and update them. He is fast and a master at design. He also has the rare ability to know how to do people of color understanding what colors work best on darker skin tones nad how to tatoo those who might keloid like myself. His technique is one developed by himself and used by many others whotrained with him. He is the original. The Master, the best!!! True Tattoo 1603 Rt9, Clifton Park, 12065 Ph: 518-371-8310 $125/hr MC/ Visa/ Cash Reviewed 11/2005 by Jimmy Becher <najimmyb [at] nycap.rr.com> Shop Review: The shop is spotless. Of course all tubes and needles are autoclaved and the stations are surface sterilized between each appointment. A wide assortment of flash is available to look thru. This shop just opened sept 1.2005. Its owners are Mike Manny and "Boz." True Tattoo is also in Saratoga Springs,NY. Artist Review--Dave "The Bald Eagle" Tatum <iamtattood [at] yahoo.com>: Dave is an older guy (45ish}. He has done or redone 90% of my work. (2 sleeves; 2 shoulder blades} Poitrait; Vikings(3); Ship ; Ladies(3), etc.etc. Been in the art field all of his life. Was a professinal billboard artist/sign painter/pinstriper for well over 20 yrs. Did his first tattoo in 1992 with Dave 'Zapp' Zappia. City Lights 17m, Goshen, 10924 Ph: (845) 294-6484 Cash, Credit cards, Checks Reviewed 03/2004 by RoseMarie Geehern <igomooalot [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Very friendly good environment makes you wanna come back Artist Review--Tony Ozga: Very clean,always wheres gloves, all needles are sterilized Tattoos By Dan 9 N7, Hudson, 12534 Ph: 518-822-1894 Reviewed 08/2000 by Noah Dinnar <lodoss731 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Shop is small, and not professional looking. No standard tattooing/piercing chair. Artist Review--Dan: Horrible job, looks nothing like the work I brought him to copy. Lines are too thick, and are blurry. Shading is terrible, hardly any blending at all. Face on tattoo looks nothing like picture, eyes, nose and mouth are distorted looking. In general a horrible job. Will take over $250 worth of work to be fixed by another artist. Reviewed 11/2002 by Stan Schwarz <stan [at] cosmo.pasadena.ca.us> Shop Review: Not really a new review, but I received word that this shop is now under new ownership, so the other review isn't really applicable any more. If anyone has been there recently, please submit a new review. They also have a web page at http://community.webtv.net/evilneedle/EVILNEEDLESTATTOO Artist Review--: Ink Inc. 327 Wall St., Kingston, 12401 Ph: 845-331-1993 cash, major credit cards Reviewed 12/2001 by dawn <minnieone26 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: great enviroment, very clean and sterile shop. sterilization is the best they can have. very curtious people. and the art work is the best that ive seen around. Artist Review--Brian (Smitty): brian told me that he has 15 years experiance and his work proves it. very respectful guy. knows how to do great tattoos and he also body pierces. hes a well rounded person. when you go to see him youll keep going back.. Love Hate Tattoo 217 1/2 Alexander St, Rochester, 14619 Ph: 585-262-6440 $125/hr cash/credit cards Reviewed 07/2001 by Stephen Brown <ganesha [at] rochester.rr.com> Shop Review: Shop was clean, amazingly friendly, and not at all "bikerish." parking is a bitch...such is city life. jet and i worked quickly and efficiently through art decisions and placement, i brought in what i wanted done, we did some changes, cleaned up the artwork and got to work quickly. Artist Review--Jet <onigod13 [at] aol.com>: Jet was really very calming to work with, and i was very glad that he had a good background in Hindu artwork. He was very relaxing to work with, and gave me all the time i needed for several 5 minute breaks in our almost three hour session. Reviewed 03/2004 by Zane Peirce <gannon13dorf [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Super clean shop.Individual artist rooms.Everyone is real helpful. Set back off the street,kinda hidden,but cool. Artist Review--Jet <onigod13 [at] hotmail.com>: Jet spent 5hrs tattooing my upper arm with japanese wind and water elements.Had a really slick rendering in color for me to view prior to the appt. which was nice.totally nailed my vision.Very fast -and easy to get tattooed by, always asking how im doing and if i need a break. Great conversation and excellent music choices.Very charming personality.the tattoo was the easiest healing one i have ever received. 5 days and done...WOW.I'll be back soon...ZP Lucky Lotus Tattoo 633 Monroe Ave., Rochester, 14607 Ph: 585-271-5880 http://www.geocities.com/luckylotus_tattoo/index.html cash only Reviewed 12/2003 by Dawn <souls_door [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Very clean...the first one I've seen explain the needle packages before opening. The walls are filled with there own artwork and local artists... it's very cool. Knowing that there are REAL artists in the shop made all the difference!!! Artist Review--Steve Shales <lotus_tattoo [at] hotmail.com>: After viewing all his awards, most of them being international from NIX conventions, I knew he was the one! Steve was more than helping in setting up the design. I knew he was a costume only shop and brought him a drawing that I did of what I wanted. After reviewing his work I allowed him to do what ever he wanted to the drawing to make it perfect and he did! The process of drawing and configuration only took a few days before I was able to begin. I couldn't belive how gentle he was. Even when he was working underneath my arm it didn't bother me (I belive we spent 4 hours there with maybe one break). The colors and line work are beautiful. I've never seen anything so vibrant in the tattoo industry before. I most definetly put him up there or beyond the best like Guy Atchison and Aaron Cain (if you don't know look it up!) I am very picky when it comes to permant bodyart and steve understood my want for perfection and fullfilled that till the end.!...I WON!!! NeedleWurks 26 Congress Street Plaza, Saratoga Springs, 12866 Ph: 518-583-4044 $50/hr depends on artist.. mainly cash Reviewed 11/2003 by Becky <pandora794 [at] myself.com> Shop Review: New location... place to spotless.. really sanitary. Several autoclaves, new needles... I wouldn't go anywhere else. Artist Review--Jake: Guy was awesome.. fixed a huge mess on my lower back done by another local artist. Really reasonable price for it.. looks absolutely gorgeous.. healing up really well. Reviewed 03/2004 by Jarrod <threndoyband [at] juno.com> Shop Review: Shop was crystal clean. The owner was just hanging around and being friendly with everyone. Even had video games for when you're waiting. Artist Review--Jake: This was my first tattoo and Jake couldn't have been any more accomodating. I was nervous and getting a custom and well he just took care of me. Great guy, explained the whole procedure while inking me up. Marky Marks Tattoo 262 Main st., Saugerties, 12477 Ph: 845-246-0100 http://http://www.markymarkstattoos.com $100/hr Cash, credit cards Reviewed 10/2002 by James Robberts <redneck55 [at] hvc.rr.com> Shop Review: Cleanest shop i have ever seen. Every question anwsered, no attitude, sterilizer in sight, all new ink and needles. Licensed Nurse is his wife and piercer. They gave me aftercare and detailed instructions. Wouldnt go anywhere else! Artist Review--Mark: Professional, well worth the money. From Long Island. Quality work, I couldn't believe the detail in my tattoo. Looks better than the pic I brought him. He covered a nightmare on my arm with a realy unique design drawn right on me. --==*-< >-*==-- NORTH CAROLINA Kevin's Tattoo Zoo 598 E.Chatham Street, Suite 139, Chatham Professional Park, Cary, 27511 Ph: 919-469-0770 http://www.kevinstattoozoo.com Reviewed 04/2003 by Paul R <srash [at] triad.rr.com> Shop Review: The shop was very clean. Kevin cleaned the entire room prior to me entering after his previous client. Also, all the equipment was sterilized and covered as much as possible during the tattoo. Artist Review--Kevin Mashburn: Kevin is a very talented artist. I was very impressed given the fact that I came to him with a very bad tattoo. Kevin has a degree in art so he easily freehanded all of the repair needed and it looked great. I would definitely recommend him to anyone. You can also see his work in some of the tattoo magazines around. Division 7 Williams St, Goldsboro, 27853 Ph: 919-583-8399 cash & credit Reviewed 12/2002 by Celina Serratos <blue_eyes2269us [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: It is a very clean enviroment. you can ensure that your work will be done in a neat, clean, and safe manner. Both tattoos I received by Nicky I fell asleep because he's just awesome.... Artist Review--Nicky Parrish: Nicky is a highly artistic tattoo artist who is very absolutely amazing. all I can say is his work speaks for itself. He's so very talented and someone when you sit down to begin start your artistic story you can trust because you know you have sit down with the very best. Carolina Tattoo 1029 W. Lee Street, Greensboro, 27403 Ph: 336-271-2030 Reviewed 01/2001 by Bethany Handy <girl_handy [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop was very nice and clean. The staff was helpfull and friendly. The layout of the shop was also a plus. My experience was a pleasant one at Carolina Tattoo Artist Review--Wayne Kendrick: Wayne is VERY skilled! He is easy to speak with and answered all of my questions. The area was clean, and the tools were sterile. I did my research before coming to Wayne Kendrick, and I am PLEASED by his art. Gary's Skin Grafix 3398 South Memorial Dr. suite.E, Greenville, 27834 Ph: 252-756-0600 http://www.skingrafix.com Cash, check, charge Reviewed 10/2005 by Tony Dobbs <lmd_n_tad [at] cox.net> Shop Review: The best in the business. Pleasant employees, ant the shop is cleaner than some doctor offices that I have been to. Gary has done well with keeping his shops a respectful clean place.I know that Caroline has already won several awards for her work. Artist Review--Caroline Hedgepeth <caroline [at] skingrafix.com>: Caroline has done three tattoos on me. Upper left chest a portrait of my mother and father, my upper right arm a picture of a deer which includes as armband and my upper left leg a portrait of my little girl. She was very polite and caring! It was like she was working for me. She took very good care of me and was always asking if I was ok, if I needed a break etc..... She takes her time and has a great deal of pride in her work. If she is happy with the tattoo then I guarantee that you will be happier. She will make sure that it is perfect, and she will not settle for anything less. Skin Art Studios 331 Western Blvd #B, Jacksonville, 28546 Ph: 910-577-1366 Reviewed 09/2003 by Nate Kokensparger <n8sbuggn311 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Very clean shop with a great atmosphere. Sample tattoos were displayed with easy access. Couches, pool table, and arcade games made any wait seem short. The shop has shades and curtains if complete privacy is needed. Artist Review--Michael Knox: Mike does excellent work. He's very quick, but it doesn't affect his work at all. His attention to detail astounds me, never wanting to leave a tattoo unfinished. But more than welcome to make as many appointments as needed to comply with the customer. He also gives advice on size, location, colors, and care instructions. Blue Flame Tattoo & Body Piercing 3015 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, 27606 Ph: 919-755-3355 $60/hr cash Reviewed 07/2002 by Val R. <layneraven [at] angelfire.com> Shop Review: Blue Flame is the best parlor I've been in (and I've been in several). It's very clean, the staff is helpful, and the atmosphere is very cool. Each artist has his own room, so there is lots of privacy. The vibe in there is really good. If I don't like the vibe I get when I go to a parlor, I won't have any ink done there. I've had two done now at Blue Flame, and I will keep going back. It's great. Artist Review--Ray Alexander: Ray is GREAT. He is very professional, and I get lots of compliments on the tats he's done for me. His prices are very reasonable (especially for Raleigh NC). He is a terrific artist and I will definitely keep going back to him. He's been doing this for about seven years, and he worked in a couple of cities before moving here. He has a fun sense of humor and he's a good conversationalist when you're in the chair. What I really like, though, is how he works with his clients to get their chosen designs just right. --==*-< >-*==-- NORTH DAKOTA Unregulated. Legislature: http://www.state.nd.us/lr/ No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- OHIO Franco's Tattoos aka Inkslingers Meridian Rd., Austintown, 44509 Ph: 330-270-0800 http://www.francoolite.com $125/hr Cash, credit cards Reviewed 01/2007 by Mark Caruso <mwc1967 [at] sbcglobal.net> Shop Review: The shop is conveniently located at the intersection of Meridian and Mahoning Ave., easy to find. The shop is exceptionally neat and clean. The artist is very meticulous in the entrire process from design and throughout the healing process. Exceptional quality of work, the artist has both flashes and original artwork, although he specializes in free hand work. For a one of a kind work of art, see Franco's Tattoos. Artist Review--Franco Olite: Franco has over 40 years of experience in the tattoo business. Originally from New Jersey, he has worked and owned shops in Las Vegas, California, and back to Ohio. His ideas are fresh, and one of a kind. If you are looking for a tat that's created just for you by you, then check out Franco's Tattoos! Body Art By Gene & Co. 148 W Columbus Ave, Bellefontaine, 43311 Ph: 937-599-2711 cash,credit,checks,etc. Reviewed 02/2002 by Summer <BlondSassyAngel9 [at] Yahoo.Com> Shop Review: The Shop Was VERY Clean And GREAT Sanitation. The Neighborhood Is Very Nice And Clean Also. Artist Review--Gene: It Was Very Awesome! He's A Great Person And Keeps Your Mind Off Of The Pain That You Might Have. I Dont Know All Of That Other Stuff. The Dragon's Cachet 106 W Chiliicothe Ave, Bellefontaine, 43311 Ph: 937 599 2258 $75/hr cash Reviewed 01/2003 by Andrew Kights <swiftwind69 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Enviroment was sterile. They made sure to break the needle in front of me and made me feel like I belonged there. Artist Review--Mike and Fran <darkillistrations [at] hotmail.com>: Considerate people. Fun and was able to answer my questions without thinking about it. Sacred Art Tattoo 4419 E. Main Street, Columbus, 43213 Ph: 614-238-9388 Reviewed 07/2006 by Nicole Dailey <treasureddragon72 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: This is the most sterile shop I have went to. They prepare everything in front of you including the needles. The service was great without any pressure and the prices were reasonable. I will keep coming back even though I live an hour and a half away and there is a shop 11 miles from my home. Artist Review--Eric: The artist I went to I would definately have do more. He took my design and made it into something unreal. He was great. He does excellent work and he seems to be a perfectionist which is something artists need to be. I will be going back soon. D and J's Vibrant Colors Tattoo and Body Piercing N. Main St., Marion, 43302 Ph: 740-223-1300 cash, checks, credit cards Reviewed 04/2005 by Sean Cifone <seancifone [at] msn.com> Shop Review: Great envirorment some places feel like an office this place is like a living room just comfortable. and very sterilized dont crack anything open til your in the room and they do it in front of you. 10 out of 10 Artist Review--Jay and Jason: I got a dual barbed wire on left wrist done by Jay and a celtic symbol on inside of right forearm by Jason. They are very Professional with the sterilazation they make you feel extremely comfortable. just talking like friends and they do a great job on work very good with custom tatts and cover ups. --==*-< >-*==-- OKLAHOMA: As of November 1, 2006, tattooing is legal in Oklahoma. Shops must be licensed by the state. Artists must complete training in CPR and bloodborne pathogens. Legislature: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/ No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- OREGON Tattoo artists must be licensed by the state. Tattooing of minors is prohibited. Laws: http://www.oregon.gov/HLO/EPT/EPTlaws_rules.shtml Spiritual Tree Tattoos 525 E 13th St, Eugene, 97401 Ph: 541-465-1252 http://spiritualtreetattoos.com/ $120/hr Reviewed 04/2005 by Samantha Saltzman <angelface_43 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Artist Review--Anji Marth <resonanteye [at] hotmail.com>: I don't know much about Anji's background or anything of the sort. What I do know is that she has an amazing ability to create things with very little insight as to what the client wants. She has an extremely unique style to her art that can not be replicated; not to mention the fact that her color work is phenomenal. And she is just an all around awesome tattoo artist. I always have tons of fun getting worked on by her...which is why I keep going back for more haha. Vertigo 17645 SE Stark St., Gresham, 97233 Ph: 503-262-8643 $100/hr Cash Reviewed 05/2003 by Kristie <Kholland74 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop is extremely sanitary-I've been to a few that are pretty questionable (won't say names). The environment suffices-albeit some red neck clientele, but if you walk in thinking "diversity" you'll be fine. Nathan and his counterpart piercer seem far removed from the red neck persona, thus, with that in mind, the vibe balances out. Privacy is great (been to other shops where you feel like your getting a pedicure gone bad (i.e. all clients hangin' in one small room- lest you breathe in horrible regurgitated O2). The shop is on the outskirts of Portland/Gresham and is hospital sanitary-albeit the decor reeks of rocky horror flicks or a Mario Bava Horror B film from the sixties or perhaps a Sam Hain cover! I tend to like those things:) You should at least check it out. Nathan did the one on my lower back as well as my tummy. Other artists have seen the work and have said unequivocally "ughhhhh nniiicccceee". Artist Review--Nathan: I liked the guy instantly b/c, and this will sound cheesy to some, he was x-military and fairly down to earth (i.e. when asked why he was so far out from downtown Portland he said "I had to get away from those assholes." Fair enough.. The guy can't be too bad-he has a cute picture of his dog on the wall and when asked why he wasn't entirely tattooed he said "b/c you never know in the tattoo business what could happen, what if I had to get another job down the road" thus he's realistic. I don't believe the guy has been to college as I talked about graduate school and he didn't interject with informative info for my doctoral thesis so I only assume he went to trade school (I mean that in a fictious sense). Is a degree really relative to the field is my point? Tiger Lilly Tattoo and Design Works 4620 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, 97213 Ph: 503-288-1555 $100/hr cash Reviewed 06/2003 by Kristie <Kholland74 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: I would have liked more privacy. When I am in pain I don't like everyone and their mom to know. The guy next to me-poor thing- had to listen to me cuss and scream as the drill went deeper and deeper into my neck (could here it echoing in my head-ughhhhhh it sucked!!!!!)Tiger Lilly is in the Hollywood District. It was clean, but I know of other studios that just seem cleaner and not as cluttered plus offer a bit more privacy. Artist Review--Cameron: Cameron was professional and even put up with my vulgarity throughout the process due to the pain that I was experincing (i.e. " he said It's 120, but 250 with all the cussing and screaming) which brings me to a valid point- did he really need to go as deep as he did with my tattoo. I then replied " well you guys are cussing and they all said "we work here." Anyhow, the crap was painful!!! He was a good sport and stopped when I felt faint. He offered candy to get my endorphins pumping which helped with the pain factor. He has been in the Portland area for a year (moved here from Southern California). He had tats all over his neck and arms and told me I was nuts for getting two tattoos in the same week (i.e. he said he waits at least one week between tattoos-actually pretty wise). His artist cronies were all pretty nice and helpful- they also do awesome work!! My friends have all gone there and the end product is nice-albeit by other artists ( i.e. Cheyenne and Amy).. 21st Century Tattoo 1520 SE 7th Ave., Portland, 97214 Ph: 503-238-9915 $150/hr Cash, credit cards Reviewed 06/2003 by Kristie <Kholland74 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: I felt like I was in a sweat shop-literally. There wasn't an air conditioner and there were fly's flying around. He was pretty sanitary and the shop looked clean. Lots of privacy (little rooms). It's not my type of shop. I much prefer Vertigo towards Gresham (just my opinion). Artist Review--Lyon King: Lyon had tattoo's all over his entire body (like a suit) and he also had huge earings on that like hung down to his shoulders.. Pretty wild.. He did a great job, but I had to wait an hour for him (appt. was at 6 and he wasn't ready till 7) ;( He was professional, and the pain was minimal if any (nothing compared to the neck). He's been doing this for years!!!!!! He is friendly, but kind of intimidating (hardcore biker looking).. He did a decent job.. I'm afraid to say anything to derogatory, thus, I am slightly sensored here (i.e. his hand wasn't that steady).However, his shop has won awards for being the best in Portland (has awards all over walls). Lady Luck Tattoo 826 SE Belmont Ave., Portland, 97214 Ph: 503-236-2833 http://ladylucktattoo.net $150/hr Cash, Check Card Reviewed 10/2003 by Brian Forbes <bsf32 [at] comcast.net> Shop Review: Very clean, easy to get to...the staff was very friendly and helpful. the shop is pretty large and as stated, very clean. Each artist has his/her own shop area elevated off the floor slightly for a homey feel. Highly recommended, A+++++. Artist Review--Matt Shaver: Great guy, takes a ton of pride in his work as is evident from his portfolio and walk through of his process. Has a few works of art on his arms, killer stuff. His area was immaculate, autoclave, everything sealed in plastic, and all needles fresh from sterilized packages. Deluxe Tattoo 8333 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, 97266 Ph: 503-774-8477 http://www.deluxetattooparlor.com Cash Reviewed 12/2006 by Mickey Clayton <lilith_in_black [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: This has to be the cleanest, most sanitary shop in Oregon, if not in the entire Pacific North West. Mr. Tweed and his partner Mav have such a high degree of organization that any clutter would be immediately noticed, and in fact, despite the impressive array of photos, posters, and flash, the parlour maintains a nearly zen like state of cleanliness. My first impression on entry was: Wow... clean slate. Parking is free, onsite, and the shop is easy access to the 205 highway. Looks small on the outside but not on the inside, due to the high standards of atmosphere. Artist Review--Terry Tweed: I first heard of Deluxe Tattoo while in San Francisco at Ed Hardy's Tattoo City. At the time, I didn't go visit, and I'm still kicking myself for not having gone to Deluxe sooner. Terry Tweed is renowned for a reason. His lines are delicate, smooth, and absolutely flawless, he executed the tattoo with the smoothest hands I've ever experienced. I actually fell asleep while he was tattooing me, a first experience, and this was a tattoo on the inner back of my upper arm, extending almost into my armpit at one point. Most impressively, he executed the lines from armpit to elbow in one sweet, clean sweep of the tattoo machine. This tattoo had a lot of line work, more so than color work, and the expected staggering pain just never happened. I credit the ease of this piece on a tender area completely to Mr. Tweed's experienced hands. The piece in discussion is an eagle feather, not in the regular flash style, but drawn off of a real feather given to me in combat in Iraq, and it is so real that it looks as if it should fall through the air at any moment instead of staying on my arm. I brought the real feather with me and the colors are matched perfectly, down to the tiny brown spots running up the shaft, and even the slightly tattered side from where I carried it in my kevlar for ten months in the desert. <p> Since then, I've been blessed to be accepted by Mr. Tweed for a larger piece, a full size back piece which he is inking. This tattoo in the works is very intricate in design, and after being told for years (while heroically refusing to get my back tattooed even a BIT) by other tattooists that it was impossible to do, Mr. Tweed looked at the design in question and calmly said he would have fun doing that. His demeanor is rather quiet, collected, shy. Mr. Tweed's parlour is kept at a high state of cleanliness, and walking inside is like dropping into a time warp back to the forties. He has an incredible amount of ink on his own body, I'm too scared of offending him to ask to see it all, as he really is very shy. It always amazes me how in the world of tattoing, where so much bluster is evident, that the best artists are often the most quiet. Mr. Tweed's experience is staggering, he's tattooed at many locations around the U.S. and abroad, side by side with some of the great legends of tattooing, and it wasn't merely geography that put him there! His portfolio of work is incredible, ranging from Sailor Jerry style militaria tattoos to Japanese irezumi style tattoos. <p> The sanitary standards he keeps in his parlour are absolutely impeccable, down to the alignment of each poster and framed photo. The parlour is situated in a small house, and due to its far from downtown location, it seems like there isn't quite so much crowding. I've never seen people just lingering without point in his parlour, which is really nice. I also like the privacy walls, you don't feel like a animal on exhibition while you're being inked. Mr. Tweed's tattoing board was a suprise, instead of a regular table he had what looked like a padded ironing board, but it's amazingly sturdy and comfortable to lie on. While not necessarily given to chit chat when I first met him, I have come to have a personal respect for Mr. Tweed that arises both from his art and his personality. He is actually quite drolly humorous when he gets to know you better. I cannot express enough the respect I have for his talent and experience, as well as his welcome and all too rare humility and manner. He is truly a gentleman tatooist, as well as a world class artist. Atlas Tattoo Studio 2935 NE Broadway, Portland,, 97232 Ph: 503 281 7499 http://www.thinkink.com/atlas $120/hr cash only Reviewed 12/2000 by Chantel Broad <pinkpaperdoll [at] earthlink.net> Shop Review: corner of 30th and broadway in northeast. right across from giant fred meyer, safe and clean neighborhood, loads of parking at freddy's, and it's free! the shop is clean, well organized and very comfortable. there are curtains all around and screens for those private moments and a candy jar to keep everyone from having low blood sugar! all implements are autoclaved, new needles for every customer, and work areas are wrapped in plastic and then cleaned after each person. it's very clean and safe! Artist Review--Jennifer Billig, Dan Gilsdorf <atlasta2 [at] transport.com>: jen has tattooed all over. she eventually moved to colorado and met dan. they both worked at bolder ink with jerry ware. they moved to portland three years ago and opened atlas. here, they met lewis, who had previously worked at atomic tattoo. Prior to that, lewis worked in alaska and arizona. Jerry has since moved up to seattle, but jen, dan, and lew all work at atlas still. all have bachelors of fine arts, and have been tattooing for approximately eight or nine years. they are all exceedingly friendly as well, with excellent chairside manner. they are most concerned with making customers feel comfortable, not intimidated. --==*-< >-*==-- PENNSYLVANIA: 18 Pennsylvania C. S. @ 6311 makes it illegal to tattoo minors under 18 without parental consent. Violations are considered a third degree misdemeanor. Otherwise unregulated. Legislature: http://www.state.pa.us/govstate.html The Body Shop Main Street, Denver, 17517 Ph: 717-335-2125 $75/hr Cash and Check Reviewed 08/2005 by Samantha Z <deathdelivers [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop is located close to the Turkey Hill, on the same side. It recently opened and provides tattoos and piercings. Tina pierces, Lester tattoos. There is smoking in the shop. Artist Review--Lester Dull: Lester tattooed a butterfly and the word "Dreams" on my left ankle. He also tattooed a skull with a pink ribbon on its head on my right ankle. Lester doesn't talk a lot but his work is great. He uses autoclaves and one-time-use needles. He will ask you if you're ok and make you feel comfortable. His area is separated by a divider. He has been tattooing for over 15 years. There are other tattoo artists but Lester is the main guy and, in my opinion, the best. He does work for Skip in Lancaster, if you know who that is. Lester has some custom work he's done up on the walls such as a nice pic of Pinhead from Hellraiser. There's flash to look at, magazines, and binders full of work. Check it out. Tat House East Stroudsburg Ph: 570-421-1826 Reviewed 07/2004 by Christina Tims <chrissy1125 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Very clean and sanitary, a professional environment, I felt very comfortable. Artist Review--Wendy: Wendy, is a very friendly person, that makes me feel very comfortable and calm... She talks you through it, and my first and second experiences were very pleasant. She also backs up her work, I was able to go back and have my ankle redone. Eternity Tattoos Main St, Mansfield, 16933 Ph: 570-662-7278 http://www.eternitytattoos.com cash Reviewed 04/2006 by Billy C <beforeiforget87 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop is VERY clean, well-lit, contains THOUSANDS of individual flash designs, Little John treats all like an old friend and he is very outgoing, he is VERY patient with clients who are picky...we were talking during the tattooing and before i knew it it was done i shook his hand, he gave me all the right antibiotics, advice, etc, shook my hand and sent me on my way. He even shared a cigarette with me before I left. Artist Review--"Little" John Shainline <john [at] eternitytattoos>: Little John was very friendly, patient, and understanding. He has almost 25 years expierience with both tattooing and piercing. He is a nationally recognized artist for all of his work. Before opening up his studio in Mansfield, he owned two other studios in the Philadelphia area. He brings with him a fresh, new look to the trade, while still holding on to the traditional values. When John is not at the studio working on his craft, he is on the road touring nationwide at different tattoo conventions. Olde City Tattoo 44 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, 19106 Ph: 215-627-6271 Cash, credit cards Reviewed 07/2002 by Stacey Robinson <staceyrobinson [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: The shop is sanitary, I believe that it is owned and operated by a collective of artists who wanted to work in a place they would like to go to. Everything you mentioned on this site about sanitation, needles, ink use, etc was followed/observed. Neighborhood is a fairly popular (mostly recently) downtown area. They do have at least one separate room for privacy. The environment is amazing. I am always intimidated when I go into a shop and everyone there ( artist or customers) has at least one sleeve done, but these people are very nice, friendly, open, non-judgemental. I always leave feeling that I want to come back for more. Probably why every person with a substantial amount of tattoo work that I asked 'where?', mentioned this place - and suggested that ANY of the artists would do. Artist Review--Drew: Drew told me that the shop opened 3 years ago and he is one of the original owner/operators. Before that he worked at another place in the city (not sure for how long). The most amazing thing about Drew is his ability to make me feel comfortable. He is very gentle too. So basically, he gets the information out of you that is required to do a good job. (Got me to open up.) He designed my idea without an extra charge (granted, it probably wasn't that complicated - heart w/wings and lettering, BUT, still, it was my way AND probably about 7 versions - yikes!) He talks nervous people through the session. I actually went there with someone else the first time and even then I noticed, he treated us differently. He adjusted to my friend needing more handling than myself. He was a different person with each of us. That's pretty good. Highly reccommended. --==*-< >-*==-- RHODE ISLAND Prohibits piercing and tattooing minors without parental consent Bulldog Tattoo Pawtucket, 02860 Ph: 401-729-5089 Reviewed 11/2004 by Jaime <santaw55 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Friendly clean enviorment!!! Artist Review--Glenn Dummer: He's a great artist and got an even better attitude!!! Bambu Tattoo Art Studio Inc. 71 Richmond St., Providence, 02906 Ph: 401-274-5055 http://www.bambutattoo.com Reviewed 11/2003 by Tom Harrison <tomh [at] crossmaneng.com> Shop Review: This Shop is nothing like any one has ever seen before; it's huge, open, exceptionally clean, very friendly, big private rooms, center of Providence, you can even get a massage while you wait. Artist Review--Joel Mejias: I believe Joel has about 8 plus years of experience, very friendly, funny, makes you feel comfortable - His Talent is through the ROOF you can't believe it until you actually see it done, THE BEST THERE IS !!! --==*-< >-*==-- SOUTH CAROLINA No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- SOUTH DAKOTA Chapter 9-34-17 Allows municipalities to regulate tattooing and body piercing Chapter 26-10-19 Prohibits tattooing minors without parental consent Legislature: http://legis.state.sd.us/index.cfm No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- TENNESSEE 39-15-403 Prohibits tattooing of minors Vampires Immortal Art Tattoo & Body Piercing 740 Highway 64 East, Adamsville, 38310 Ph: 731-632-9449 http://home.earthlink.net/~immortalarttattoo/ $75/hr cash Reviewed 11/2005 by Melody Lewis <fierydragon52 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: This is the cleanest shop I've ever been in. The health department scores are posted and they are all 100's Artist Review--Debbie DeVary <Immortalarttattoo [at] earthlink.net>: Debbie is a very talented artist. 25 years tattooing, she is very gentle, caring, Clean,enteraining and at times to funny. She takes pride in her art and is a very talented lady. The shop is health inspected and well worth a visit. Lone Wolf Tattoo 1602 21st Ave.S., Nashville, 37212 Ph: 615-321-3111 http://www.lonewolfbodyart.com $100/hr cash&credit Reviewed 12/2000 by Rosamond Murphy <rosamondmurphy [at] home.com> Shop Review: Located in a busy university area,in Hillsboro Village. Very clean,without feeling sterile. The owner Ben Dixon has a private room for tattooing,the other artists have 1/2 walls.Very friendly staff and general atmosphere.lots of flash avaliable. Artist Review--Brandon Hanna: exellent chairside manner,very calming.well maintained,sterile equipment.imaginative and conscientious artist was kind enough to gently steer me away from flash for my first tattoo,that i would have regreted by now.shows complete respect for you,your body,and your artwork/ideas.very versatile as far as style go,but his celtic knotwork and tribal work is inspiring. Reviewed 02/2001 by Jennifer Levins <xuwitch [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: I was extremely impressed by the cleanliness of the shop - it amazed me! All the people who worked there were very cool, yet professional at the same time. Customers have the choice of a semi-open area or a private room. I highly recommend it! Artist Review--Brandon Hanna: Brandon was excellent! He was more than willing to spend time with my friend (who also got a tat) and I to make sure our designs were perfect. He made us feel very calm and at ease. I've recommended him to several people, and will continue to do so! In fact, I'm returning to him in a few days for more work. Artistic Skin Expressions 301 Broadway, Nashville, 37203 Ph: 615-256-4ART http://www.artisticskin.com $120/hr cash, credit cards Reviewed 04/2006 by Lindsay Acord <LindsayAcord [at] midsouth.rr.com> Shop Review: Overall, the shop was in a nice neighborhood, had good sanitation, and the environment was nice and friendly. Artist Review--JD: The artist began my tattoo by saying he was technically still an apprentice because the city would not recognize the shop until it had been there for 3 years. He was chatty during the tattoo and talked a lot about how bad my tattoo was under the one he was doing. He began touching up my other tattoo for free. After getting both tattoos I was extremely lightheaded and went home to take pictures of his work. Because of the position of the tattoo, it was difficult for me to see it up close, even in a mirror. Once I looked at the pictures I realize the artist had added an extra braid to the cadillac emblem and there was a long line where his hand was clearly shaky. When I tried to contact the shop I was yelled at, called a liar and an idiot, and hung up on. I would not recommend them to anyone else. Mid Evil Ink 735 South 1st, Pulaski, 38478 Ph: 931-424-8765 $85/hr Cash, Debit, Visa, Mastercard Reviewed 03/2006 by Brenda Kaye Newton <brendaknewton [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: I am very impressed with the artist and his shop. His work is outstanding and speaks for itself. You could not ask for a cleaner enviroment to be in and the professionalism used by anyone at his shop is absolutely wonderful. They are very helpful and cares about each individual client. Artist Review--Judd Clausel <midevilinktat2s [at] yahoo.com>: He apprenticed under Tiger from Columbia, TN. When he is working on a client they are his main priority. If he is not happy with the way he thinks the tat should look he will go to whatever length it takes to make himself and the customer satisfied. I will never let anyone else do a tattoo on me but this artist. His work is wonderful and he has a very clean and sanitary shop. You never have to worry about anything going wrong with his work. Zenful Art 218 N. Lowry St, Smyrna, 37167 Ph: 615-223-1003 Reviewed 02/2004 by Ben Hiers <benhiers [at] allvantage.com> Shop Review: Clean shop and very friendly staff more than willing to answer any questions. Artist Review--Chip Rutts: Great artist,works well with customers to get the piece to look just like customer wants. Very clean, very friendly and makes you feel very calm. Awesome artist can draw anything and do it very well and very clean lines when tattooing --==*-< >-*==-- TEXAS State licensing and inspection of tattoo shops. Tattooing of minors prohibited with a few exceptions. Legislature: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ Laws: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/he/he014600.html#he013.146.012 Music Box Body Art Studio Amarillo Ph: 806-372-8287 Reviewed 02/2004 by Misty Tuttle <MistyTuttle [at] clarendoncollege.edu> Shop Review: The shop was a friendly and comfortable place to be I was very satisfied with my artist. Artist Review--: My artist was fairly new he had just finished body art school not long before I received his work. He was very professional about his work. His work area was neat and clean and he was good company for the two hours that he worked on me. Obscurities/Trilogy Tattoo 4000-A Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas, 75219 Ph: 214 559-3706 http://www.obscurities.com Reviewed 04/2000 by Chuck Eaves <ceaves [at] telepak.net> Shop Review: Very professional. First tattoo, but I think it looks great. Mark was very friendly and helpful. Artist Review--Mark Thompson: In a word, Flawless. No jewelry was sold that wasn't autoclaved. The staff was helpful and infomative. I've been in Doctor's offices that weren't this clean. If you are anywhere near Dallas, Give them a look. Reviewed 01/2003 by Earl Barnett <jlg31athome [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop is very clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. It is a very laid back atmosphere. Each artist has his own room with the ability to close it off to make it private. Artist Review--Mark Thompson: Mark Thompson did a cover-up piece for me placing a dragon over an outline of texas that covered my shoulder. He designed the dragon himself. I could not be more pleased. The work is awesome and the colors work well together. Mark knows his stuff. He works with you, not just on you. Hold Fast 2919 Greenville Ave, Dallas, 75226 Ph: 214-824-6320 http://www.holdfastdallas.com Cash & Credit Cards Reviewed 12/2004 by Tiffany Gardner <tdizzler [at] msn.com> Shop Review: The Shop has an awesome atmosphere, remarkably clean, it's practically the most clean and best shop i've found. Artist Review--Jeff, Jorge, and Caleb: Jeff has done 3 stars on my shoulder, star on my foot, and a daisy on my wrist; Jorge has done a collections of flowers and pin strips on my back; Caleb is working on a koi fish on my leg. All three of these artists hace a unique style. They will do whatever you want, but at the same time give advice. They also will draw you up anything you want, and customize the design to your liking! All Points Tattoo & Body Piercing 3716 Altameasa Blvd, Fort Worth, 76133 Ph: 817-423-3143 Reviewed 09/2005 by Crystal Shelly <Crystal.Shelly [at] gmail.com> Shop Review: The shop itself was extreamly clean and professional as well as the artist. Everything was properly sanitized and kept in a proper location. Privacy for my piercings on my nipples was excellent. The shop itself is a bit hard to locate but definately worth the search. Artist Review--Drago: The artist always was professional honest and curtious. I have had two tattoos on my shoulders on on my lower back he has also pierced my upper ear cartlage and nipples. Also the area in which he worked was always clean and private if needed. Drago did my first tattoo and will be my artist from now on. He did wonderful work and I will recomend him to anyone. Miss Fortune 1633 Westheimer, Houston, 77006 Ph: 713-523-1404 Cash, Credit cards Reviewed 06/2001 by Kat Sample <smiling_spider [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Very clean shop, with nice music, no smoking/drinking inside. Friendly environment and artists. Fun neighborhood. Artist Review--Mike O.: This tiger is my third tattoo, but it is the best-looking one. I know Mike from doing a tattoo on my mother-in-law. She was very nervous, but relaxed when he started working on the design she drew herself--a very complicated Celtic heart. It was her first and the only tattoo, but looked like she didn't have any more fear right after he began. Then, couple of months later, I was getting mine done; so, I went to Mike. Even though the shop was about to close, Mike stayed and did a wonderful job! I love my tiger; it's so clear, sharp, and good-looking that I am still very exited about it! I would recommend Mike to anyone who would want his tattoo to look as great as mine! DandyLand 1821B Bandera Rd, San Antonio, 78218 Ph: 210-432-5747 http://www.dandyland.com Cash, checks, credit cards Reviewed 02/2001 by James McCullough III <morpheus_traum [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop was very well maintained. Clean, comfortable, exceeded all state laws/regulations. All piercing and tattoo areas had could be closed off for privacy. All the staff is exceptionally helpful, and they are just fun people to be around. Artist Review--Miles: I know only a bit about Mile's background, that he apprenticed in a shop in Corpus Christi, Texas, before moving to San Antonio. As to the quality of his work, I could not be happier. Due to the nature of the tattoo I wanted, he was only able to make a silhouette of the circle in the center. Otherwise, he had to refer to the picture that I brought in, of the eclipse I wanted. He freehanded all but that center circle, and mixed the colors to damn near perfectly match what I brought in. His manner was very open and courteous. He answered all of the questions I asked him, whether it be about the tattoo or just making conversation. He also allowed a friend of mine to film him working for a documentary said friend was making for a film class. It was evident in talking to him that he enjoyed what he did and based on my first experience, he is quite good. I have referred several of my friends to him, all of which are just as happy as I am with their work, and I have gone back for two more tattoos with him myself. Tat-2 Body Works 117 S. Graham Ave., Stephenville, 76401 Ph: 254-968-0089 http://www.tattoobodyworks.com $125/hr Cash, credit, debit and checks Reviewed 01/2005 by Tina Valentich <huntinbuddy [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop is a pimp, huge, 2,500 sq. ft. of ultimate dream shop! It is immaculate, but warm and inviting. It is very sterile and clean and eclectic at the same time. The artists stations are orderly and very professional. It shines like a beacon right on the town square with neon galore! The best shop I've ever seen or been in! A number 1 experience! Extremely helpful and friendly staff. Erath County finally has true professionals! Artist Review--Lyle "Lucky" and Freddy Payne <nbodyink [at] netscape.net>: Lyle "Lucky" has done a fantastic gothic, wood-carving-looking piece for me on my lower back as well as butterflies and wolves. I plan on getting my left arm sleeved this summer! Lyle "Lucky" and Freddy Payne are both fantastic artists. Lyle has been tattooing for 15 years and has been a graphic artist since 1981. Freddy has been tattooing 6 years. The proof is in the pudding.Real professionals, not like some other area scratchers' shop we went into! World-class art here! Numb Skulls Tattoo 1017 E. Moore Ave, Terrell, 75160 Ph: 972-551-0013 Visa, Mastercard, cash Reviewed 09/2003 by Alice Taylor <dragula420_69 [at] msn.com> Shop Review: The shop is beautiful! They have thousands of beautiful designs to choose from. Everything seemed so clean and neat. I was very impressed. There are a couple of other tattoo studios in the area, and to be quite honest, they're pretty scummy compaired to Numb Skulls Tattoo. Another thing that really impressed me was their attitude. They wern't rude and patronizing like a few that I talked to before deciding to go here. I had a wonderful time and am already planing a second tattoo. Thank you, Possum and Storm! Artist Review--Possum: When you walk through the door, the first thing that hits you is the wonderful, clean smell. Numb Skulls Tattoo is a small husband/wife operation. The shop, itself, is on the east side of Terrell, on Hwy 80. Possum, the artist and his wife Storm were extremely friendly. They seemed really concerned about what I wanted, and were more than happy to help design this lovely dragon, which twists through some fluffy clouds, on my back. Their prices are very reasonable. Possum was very diligent when it came to keeping everythig clean and sanitary. He changed his gloves several times and was very proud to talk about his sterilization procedures. He was very informative. He told me about how to properly care for my new tattoo and invited me to come back after a couple of months to see if any of the colors needed a touch-up. When I returned for my belly piercing, Possum and Storm remembered me and were, again, very friendly and helpful. The piercing went off without any hitches. Possum was very professional. He knows what he's doing and displays a lot of confidence. That was very comforting to me. He says he's been doing tattoos for 15 years and piercings for five.I will recommend Possum to all of my tattooed friends. --==*-< >-*==-- UTAH State Code 76-10-2201 Prohibits piercing and tattooing minors without parental consent Happy Valley Tattoo 37 South Main Street, Pleasant Grove, 84062 Ph: 801-796-3863 http://www.tat2me.com $150/hr Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Shop Gift Certificate Reviewed 01/2006 by Cameron Nielsen <theonekid [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop is very clean and well kept. There are books of art/portfolios readily available to be looked through and reviewed. Artist Review--Kita: Kita was awesome to work with. She was very good about placement and having you look to make sure it was exact. All her years of experience really show in her phenomenal work. --==*-< >-*==-- VERMONT: Requires parental consent to tattoo minors. Legislature: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/ Laws: http://198.187.128.12/vermont/lpext.dll/Infobase/22d7c/24945/2495b?f=templates&fn=document-frame.htm&q=tattoo&x=Advanced&2.0#LPHit1 No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- VIRGINIA: Code of Virginia 18.2-371.3 Prohibits tattooing minors without parental consent. Legislature: http://legis.state.va.us/ Laws: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+18.2-371.3 Crazy Daizy Tattoo 952 W. Main St., Abingdon, 24210 Ph: 276-623-2345 http://www.crazy-daizy.com Cash Reviewed 06/2005 by Esther Moffet <twoballcaine [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: Matthew was extremely professional and used brand new, sterile equpiment on me. He seemed very knowledgible of his trade as well. Not to mention, he did beautiful tattoo work. Artist Review--Matthew <tattooricci [at] yahoo.com>: Crazy Daizy is a small, but sanitary studio. There is no smoking, alcohol, or drugs allowed on the premises. They use state of the art sterilization practices. Body Art 8 Chalmers Ct, Berryville, 22611 Ph: 540-955-0111 http://www.bodyarttattoostudio.com cash and credit card Reviewed 11/2006 by Chelsea Best <prblmchld8896 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop is very clean, and relaxed. It's actually clean enough that my doctor recomended it too me as a place to get tattoos. They have tons of flash on the walls and comfortable seating for those who are waitng. All tattooing is private, but I've gone with friends and have always been welcome to go back with them. And all the artists have awesome personalities. Artist Review--Neil: I've had two tattoos done by Neil. One was writing across my lower back that turned out perfect, and another of a dragon on my right ankle. I couldnt have asked for better quality work. I really enjoyed having Neil tattoo me. We talked pretty much the whole time about stuff like movies, and other tattoos. He was very friendly, and anytime the conversation got really interesting he would pause in tattooing for a second to make sure he didn't get distracted and mess up. All and all he made the whole thing fun. Abstract Art Plaza 17, Gloucester Ph: 804-642-0028 http://www.abstractarttattoo.com Cash, credit cards Reviewed 09/2000 by Rebecca S. Barninger <barninger-becky [at] cvn.net> Shop Review: Abstract Art tattoo shop is the cleanest shop I have ever visited. It is also large , open and kind of airy. Gives you room to look and really think about the piece you are thinking of getting. The staff are all helpful and willing to answer all your questions no matter how lame they might sound. They are friendly so they make you feel comfortable. They give you special attention and make you feel like your tattoo is the most important one they have ever done. Artist Review--James Jarvis: James has done 8 tattoos on me. He is clean, friendly and full of life. The work he has done has been mostly custom work. He has never disappointed me with the out come. The tattoos are vibrant and seem to carry a life of their own. I now live in another state but I love his work so much I travel 5 hours to have his work done on me. In my humble opinion there is no better artist then James Jarvis. James is also trained in blood pathagens and makes sure everything is clean and sterlized. He has been an artist for Abstract for about 6 years. Accent Tattoo 2072 Route 17, Gloucester, 23061 Ph: 804-642-7473 Reviewed 05/2002 by Alex Mankowich <princessxela [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Shop was neat and clean. There were places to sit and the flashes were right there to see. It was close to a 7-Eleven for cold drinks and ciggies. People were nice. Much better feeling than the other places I stopped in. Artist Review--Lauren: Lauren was fabulous! I felt very comfortable with her from the first day I walked into the shop. This was my first ever tattoo, and I was nervous and needed many breaks. She was patient with me and remained professional and polite through my experience. She let me bring friends to hold my hand. She gave me a cold drink and brought in a fan for me. I would recommend Lauren to other female friends considering a tattoo. One of my non-tattooed friends who came with me now wants a tattoo after sitting through mine with me. I think that's a great statement for Lauren-I certainly could not have said that after the first tine I saw one of my friends get a tattoo! Oh yes-I love my new sun tattoo too! I am showing it to everyone. Even my 64 year old, hyper-conservative mom has admitted it is pretty. (And she should know-she gets the honors of putting on my tattoo goo every few hours). I AM Tattoos 3020 W. Mercury Blvd, Hampton, 23666 Ph: 757-827-1919 http://www.iamtattoos.com Reviewed 10/2003 by Christine Larson <Takayla [at] aol.com> Shop Review: Everything was clean, hygenic and well handled. Artist Review--David "I AM" Heydn <contact [at] iamtattoos.com>: David was fabulous. Completely worked with me, he is a magnificent artist and has a wonderful chairside manner. He completely reworked a tattoo that I had done by someone else that was really bad. I would go back to him again!! --==*-< >-*==-- WASHINGTON Revised Code of Washington 26.28.085 Prohibits tattooing minors 82.04.050 Concerning retail sales and tattooing Legislature: http://leginfo.leg.wa.gov/ Electric Crayons Tattooing Co. 1170 sw Bay St, Port Orchard, 98366 Ph: 360-895-8751 $100/hr Cash Credit Debit Reviewed 12/2002 by Dustin Markson <RIZSMT [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: This shop is state of the art, with separate wet lab super clean environment and professionalism put before ego. Ray and Skrappy also of Storybook ink have done a wonderful job in designing and tattooing myself and my friends. There is no substitute for exellence and cleanliness. Artist Review--Fat Ray <FatRaysticker [at] aol.com>: Ray is so funny. He kept my sister from crying one time and he wasn't even tattooing on her. The bedside manner of the entire shop is excellent The diversity of the five artists is unmatched in Kitsap county. Vyvyn's Tattoo 1516 Western Avenue, Seattle, 98101 Ph: 206-622-1535 http://www.vyvyn.com cash Reviewed 09/2000 by Jenny Peck <offwiththeirheads [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: A private shop on the west side of the Pike Place Market. There is no flash on the walls, only custom tattoo art by Vyvyn (on display). The decor is varied with a lovely and fun theme. It always smells good. The cleanliness is impeccable, and offers complete privacy for both consultation and tattoo session. Artist Review--Vyvyn Lazonga <vyvyn [at] vyvyn.com>: Vyvyn is an amazing person. She not only helped me to fully-realize the design I had been meditating on, but practically psychically pulled certain elements of the design from my being to create the perfect piece of art for me. She is fun, friendly, cooperative, open-minded, and extremely sensitive to client needs. She is a pioneering female tattoo artist, and has broad experience in many different tattoo styles and environments (having more than 25 years of experience and far more qualifications than I could possibly list here) that have given her knowledge and foundation, and has allowed her to evolve into the *extremely* talented and unique artist that she is today. I can't recommend her highly enough. She is everything I was searching for in a tattoo artist, and more. Reviewed 10/2003 by Paul Hoffman <phoffman [at] proper.com> Shop Review: Artist Review--Vyvyn Lazonga: She was great, the shop was great, and the tattoo is still wonderful after five years. This is definitely art, not craft; she did the full design based on a few concepts I gave her. Her shading on the flowers and action in the water were particularly nice, and I get oohs and ahhs from folks who see it. Constant Creations 704 N. Monroe, Spokane, 99205 Ph: 509-327-4254 $100/hr Reviewed 03/2003 by Cassandra <african_violin [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: The shop was very clean, with a nice sized waiting room. All staff were friendly and receptive to my needs. When I went back with a problem, I was given great tips on how to fix the problem. Artist Review--Clae: Clae was very gentle, this was my first tattoo, he started off lightly and blurred into heavy lines later, when i became more comfy. there was no shortage of conversation and the whole thing was lighthearted. he's a very skilled tattooist and a very nice guy. R Rated Tattoo 220 E Wellesley Ave, Spokane, 99207 Ph: 509-489-1631 http://www.ratedrtattoo.com/index.shtml Reviewed 08/2005 by Lee Ann Wilson <lele_36 [at] hotmail.com> Shop Review: Shop was clean, well organized, with sanitation measures used consi tantly. Location was right off the main road, across from a major mall, very easy to find. Except for a lack of seating for more than 3 people waiting, the entire environment was friendly and comfortable. Artist Review--Skully: Skully was a great guy. After you got past his gruff exterior, he was very humorous, and proud of his skills without being overly egotistical. He was businesslike without being rude, and made sure that the customer he was working on was comfortable. He discussed the flash I chose for my tattoo with me, making sure of exactly what I was trying to accomplish before I committed to anything. And his technique is very gentle and thorough, without being slow. Except for the typical after pain you get from tattoos, I've not suffered half as much as I usually do after getting ink. I would recommend Skully, and his partner Ed who did another tattoo for me and my husband that day, to anyone. Flaming Dragon Tattoo Co 9724 79th St SW, Tacoma, 98498 Ph: 253-627-7203 $100/hr Cash Reviewed 03/2002 by Mark Klue <markklue [at] qwest.net> Shop Review: The shop is clean, bright and comfortable. There are two chairs. If you want flash, they have flash. Bring in your own design or concept and they will make a tattoo of it. They also have a piercer on staff. The actual location of the shop is in the Asian district on S 38th, in Tacoma. Artist Review--Scott Schafer: Scott has the patience to do good tribal work, like mine. But his skill shines with his large Asian work. He won four awards at Reno. A friend has a coy fish that goes from her shoulder to her thigh. Beautiful work to match the samurai half sleeves Scott did for her before. House of Tattoo 2701 6th Avenue, Tacoma, 98406 Ph: 253-274-8282 $100/hr Reviewed 05/2005 by Kathleen Mitchell <kmitchel [at] simon.com> Shop Review: I had a appointment for a consultation with the owner, Katie. I was kept waiting for over an hour, and then she hurried me through. I gave her a picture of what I wanted and set an appointment. On the day of the appointment, someone called from the shop asking if I could move to the next day. I wasn't able to do this, so Katie said she couldn't do the tattoo because she hadn't done the drawing yet. I told her I would be up to get my deposit back. When I came in to get my deposit she had someone else give it to me. I felt that I just wasn't treated very well as a customer. Artist Review--: Daves Unique Ink (DUI) Tattoo 9106 Suite A NE Highway 99, Vancouver, 98665 Ph: 360-576-7085 http://www.davesuniqueink.com $100/hr Cash or credit card Reviewed 10/2006 by Larry Valjean Johnson II <johnson1137 [at] comcast.net> Shop Review: Priority on cleanliness, state of the art sanitation, and customer service. Maybe the friendliest shop I personally have ever been in, and I have been in dozens. All 4 artists are excellent in their craft, 2 have won awards relating to their tattoos. Artist Review--Jesse: Jesse was professional, courtious and personable. Most important, though, is that he gave me one of the best tattoos I have ever seen (a realistic tiger tattoo on my shoulder). He made it look like an oil painting. I highly recommend Jesse and every artist at Dave's Unique Ink. --==*-< >-*==-- WEST VIRGINIA: Code of West Virginia Article 33 Prohibits tattooing minors without parental consent; regulates tattooing No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- WISCONSIN State Statutes 252.23 Regulates tattooing and body piercing. Tattoo artists are licensed by the state, and shops are inspected by the health department. Legislature: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/ Laws: http://folio.legis.state.wi.us/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=141919&advquery=tattoo&headingswithhits=on&infobase=stats.nfo&record={11660}&recordswithhits=on&zz= Skin Prints 309 E. Grand Ave., Eau Claire, 54703 Ph: 715-831-8780 http://www.jennpaulson.com $100/hr No checks Reviewed 11/2003 by Kelly Baker <kbbaker00 [at] yahoo.com> Shop Review: This shop is spotless and has never ever had a health violation. I saw a health review on the wall that had been done a few months prior to our visit and it specifically said that the sanitition of the shop was great. Private rooms, great atmosphere, inside of the shop looks like a castle which is very cool. Bathroom was spotless and I am a neat freak so that says a lot coming from me! Artist Review--Jenn Paulson: For my 2 sisters and I, this was our first tattoo and it was my mom's second, her first also was done by Jenn. We picked designs out of a book which Jenn then customized. They are identical and beautiful. We couldn't be more pleased with the work and also the entire experience. Jenn is very professional, caring, and talented. Steves Tattoo 1148 Williamson St., Madison, 53719 Ph: 608-251-6111 Reviewed 01/2001 by Monte Klink <monteave [at] netscape.net> Shop Review: very satisfactory, really nice people working there. Clean, area was good, great environment to be in Artist Review--Gary Gaulke: Awesome, he's a great person, does very good quality work, hope to get inked by him again Skin Candy Tattoo 31131 Washington Ave., Racine, 53403 Ph: 262-632-0549 http://http://www.skincandytattoos.com Reviewed 03/2003 by Jessica Wollmuth <nerske [at] tds.net> Shop Review: This shop was very clean. They use hospital sterilizied instruments. And new instruments are used on every client. The environment of the shop was very lade back and relaxing. I felt very at home when I went into this shop. The shop is located right downtown in a fairly good neighborhood. Artist Review--Dave Nack: This artist is one of the nicest guys I have met. I visited many shops before choosing Skin Candy. I found Dave to be very friendly and able to work with me on what I wanted for my tattoo. His pricing was very reasonable too. Seeing as this was my first tattoo, Dave walked me through every step of the tattoo process, and always took time to ask me how I was doing. --==*-< >-*==-- WYOMING State Statutes Title 14 Prohibits tattooing of minors No reviews have been submitted for shops here. --==*-< >-*==-- New Zealand Living Canvas Tattoo Studio 77c Briggs Rd, Christchurch, New Zealand Ph: 64-3-3858969 Reviewed 06/1998 by Amy Simmons <simmonsa [at] xtra.co.nz> Shop Review: Appeared very sanitary. Autoclave used (+ new needles/ink). No smoking/eating/drinking in the separate room used for tattooing. Complete privacy - ALWAYS, no matter where on your body you are getting the tattoo. Appointments not always necessary, except for genital tattoos where appointments must be made. Does not offer piercings. Artist Review--Korrina: Owns the shop and has won quite a few awards. Very friendly, helpful and approachable - answered all my questions in a friendly & professional manner, and was great at helping me to relax before having the tattoo done. I provided the drawing of the design I wanted, and she did it almost exactly as I had drawn it. I was very satisfied with the result. Offers a free follow-up appointment to make sure the tattoo is healing properly. --==*-< >-*==-- Portugal Bad Bones Tattoos Rua do Norte, 73, Lisbon, Portugal Ph: +351.1.346 08 88 Reviewed 11/1998 by Miguel Rego <mrego [at] ogilvy.pt> Shop Review: A very nice and friendly shop. Two private rooms and one lobby/reception. It's in a old neighborhood that used to be a kind of "redlight" and now has tons of bars, restaurants, art shops, smart shops and alternative spots. It's 100% safe and clean. Health authorities check the place & the people who work there regularly on the shop request. Artist Review--Jo?o Paulo Fontinha: Used to do illustrations for advertising. He has been tattoing for 7 or 8 years now. He is one of the best-known portuguese tattoo artists. Very good on drawing, and different styles. I enjoy particularly his tribal, bio-mechanical and cartoon stuff. --==*-< >-*==-- Scotland Irezumi Tattoo Studio 25 Dowanhill Street, Glasgow G11 5QR, Scotland Ph: 0141 342 4008 Cash Reviewed 10/1999 by Leslye Weir <lezlian1 [at] aol.com> Shop Review: The shop is in an easy to find and very diverse location, with good parking. Hygiene is of high importance with all stringent procedures carried out in front of you, with equipment being autoclaved. Shop has separate non-smoking waiting area and is light and modern inside, with plenty examples of flash and Steven's own artwork on display along with many photographs. Artist Review--Steven Wrigley: Steven is a friendly and easy going guy (watch out for the wry sense of humour!), more than happy to discuss ideas and suggestions. A very conscientious worker, nay perfectionist, willing to draw designs from your ideas for your approval. Has a great eye for placement and use of colour. An unassuming character with pride in his work and your satisfaction. Son of the late Terry Wrigley of Terry's Tattoos (also Glasgow) --==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==--==*-< >-*==-- This ends "rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 5/9--Artist List." This should be followed by "rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 6/9--Care of new tattoos."

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