The shop and service is clean and sanitary. Artists are well trained, certified, and provide professional tattooing and piercing in a hygenic manner. They have literally thousands of ready designs available, as well as an in-house Artist (Mary Spaulding) who can customize stock designs, or work with you to design a one of a kind tattoo. The owner, Tom Spaulding is a master tattooist and Artist of the first rate. He's had his shop in Albany for over 30 years, having been mentored by his father, a very well known tattooist 'in the day' who owns Spaulding-Rogers, a manufacturer/supplier of fine tattooing machines and supplies. Tom is very well known "Ink Slinger"and has customers coming in from across the country to be tattooed by him. Yet he doesn't think he's anything special - he just keeps tattooing away on you and I - 6 days a week - and while working with you, he makes you feel like you are the only one in the world that matters. He loves his job and takes pride in every piece, from a lowly 1' heart to a full backpiece - he is "The Man" I've been going to Tom and Mary Spaulding's shop for several years now, and have always been satisfied with his work - and I'm scared of needles!!!
I started out my tat history in in Mt. Vernon in the 80's - Big Al and Company were "Who" you went to. I have been through a couple of different states but also have had a lot of work done by many in this area. Ken blows these local artists away - IN EVERY WAY! He's such an awesome artist - if he has an idea, trust him, because he always So right on! Ken listens to you - you will get what you want - I have never regretted trusting his judgement. Ken has a soft touch but packs a big punch. His lines are never janked up (he does writing amazingly perfect). He recently did a Scooby Doo for me and there is not one scratch of a line out of place! Ken's free hand artistry is his best trait...He can truly draw! He's got a cool store on Central Ave. and his staff are really nice. I have overheard Dre (sp) show a lot of integrity during a consult, which you don't always see in this business. Ken just added a full time piercer - YAY! Ken's prices are amazing - He will give you twice the time and tattoo and he rivals these overpriced parlors! Check him out, he is one of the best in the area! (30+ tattoos and I am working on my 5th with Ken!)
i loved my whole experience while there i was overwhelmed by all the artwork walking through the door but from the help of all the artists there i was able to decide on the perfect piercing and my snug is so amazing thank all of you your the best -gene ps im coming in soon so you can start my back tattoo your shop is AWESOME