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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.


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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.  


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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...       


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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:
Unregulated.
Legislature: http://www.dc.gov/

No reviews have been submitted for shops here.

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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.


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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! 


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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.


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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.				    

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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.


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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.


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IOWA

No reviews have been submitted for shops here.

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KANSAS

No reviews have been submitted for shops here.

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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... 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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,,,


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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. 


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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.

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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. 


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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!


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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. 

 
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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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NORTH DAKOTA
Unregulated.
Legislature: http://www.state.nd.us/lr/ 

No reviews have been submitted for shops here.

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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.


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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.

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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.   


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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.   


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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 !!!


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SOUTH CAROLINA

No reviews have been submitted for shops here.

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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

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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


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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!!


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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. 


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WEST VIRGINIA: 
Code of West Virginia
Article 33
Prohibits tattooing minors without parental consent;
regulates tattooing

No reviews have been submitted for shops here.

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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.


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WYOMING
State Statutes
Title 14
Prohibits tattooing of minors

No reviews have been submitted for shops here.

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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.

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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.

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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)


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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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I real to know much the history of tattoo, from the begin. Please send for me the all details/summary or imformation of tattoo. You can find me also on facebook as Toto mbata chico. Thank u

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