My wife & I went to C9 while shopping around for new tattoos. I like talking to the artist about my art ideas to get his/her feedback before finalizing - I don't rush skin art. Sometimes the artist will suggest really helpful things about the design I have in mind that let me change & refine it to work better than it would have otherwise. You never want to look at your tattoos & think "this could have been better". It's best to take more time researching your ideas & talking to people on the front end so you can be confident about your design & the work you want done. We went to several places to get ideas & prices for our new pieces, bc diff artists have diff styles & pricing structures. I had never been to Cloud Nine before, & I will may never ever go back unless I have work that needs Marcos' specific style. To start with when we got there the guy at the counter was very rude & unhelpful. He said he was not an artist, but acted like he knew everything there was to know about tattoos. He was arrogant, unfriendly & had a horrible attitude for someone who's job is to talk to potential customers.. Honestly not even sure why they have him working the tattoo counter. He told us we could not get the designs we had in mind & proceeded to tell us why. I interrupted him to ask to speak to an actual artist & he told me he would have to speak to the artist for me....I then waited for him to go back to the mysterious back area. I don't know if the artist was just busy, taking a break or just did not want to talk to customers. Who knows. When the front counter guy came back he told me yes they could do the designs & then quoted me a price that was 3x (3 times!!) the price of 2 other local shops. Tattoo work is something that requires a lot of skill. Artists have a right to charge whatever they want for the work they do. I also have the right not to pay too much for anything I buy. The free market works, competition & competitive pricing is a good thing. These prices were crazy high. The designs we had in mind were not overly complicated things. I had a custom cross idea (with images already composited) & my wife wanted a simple logo & a custom name anklet - All of them fairly simple things. These guys just didn't want the work, so they were being obnoxious & jacking up the price. I asked if there were another artist we could talk to & was told yes, but he was at lunch. So I waited for him to come back. This guy, Marco was in fact super nice, friendly & accommodating, but his prices still ended being double every other shop in town. So we left. We ended up getting the work done by Aaron @ Aerochild 2 blocks down from Cloud Nine. Aaron is the nicest guy on the planet, his prices are great & he does good work. Most importantly to me, Aaron will always talk to you about your ideas & give you feedback, letting you know why something won't work & offering alternate versions. He will show you stencils (like a washable tattoo) of the work on your own skin so you can decide on final design & placement. I'm not saying to avoid C9. Marcos is a nice guy & a VERY talented artist. But I would shop around before committing to get work done there. Or at least be prepared to pay their rates.
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The previous review is ludicrous and obviously written by someone associated with another tattoo studio that is threatened by both Cloud Nine Southside���s excellent reputation and the high quality work that we do. They have posted the same review on other sites. See plenty of reviews on Cloud Nine at www.InsiderPages.com Cloud Nine Southside is state-of-the-art, very clean and managed by someone who has a masters of science degree in public health, 16 years experience as a public health professional and is a guest lecturer for the UAB School of Public Health. The studio is fully inspected and licensed by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ie. health department), has never failed a single point during an inspection, and has zero complaints. Our tattoo artists and body piercers have successfully completed Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention training with the American Red Cross and, like healthcare professionals, have been vaccinated to protect them from Hepatitis B. All precautions are taken to prevent cross-contamination of infectious diseases including, but not limited to, the regular use and changing of latex gloves, thorough cleaning of all surfaces between customers and the use of disinfectants effective against bacteria, viruses, fungus and tuberculosis. Needles are brand new, sterilized before use, and disposed of in a red biohazard sharps container like those used in a doctor���s office���needles are never reused. All instruments are sterilized using industry standard cleaning and sterilization procedures including a heated ultrasonic and an approved and regularly tested autoclave sterilizer (like they use in hospitals). Most of our clients say they feel like they are in a doctor's office when they are in our procedure rooms. The staff, artists and body piercers are highly-experienced professionals, sober and take your health and safety very seriously. You can be sure we take all precautions to protect you, even those that the health department doesn���t require, while we provide you with high quality body art. Check out our work at www.cloud9south.com We invite you to meet our staff and personally inspect our facility, our sterilization room and autoclave inspection results, our licenses and inspection reports, as well as our artists��� portfolios. We are proud of who we are and what we do at Cloud Nine Southside. ��� Karri Henning, MSPH, Owner and Manager
Hello, I went to Cloud 9 Southside to have my eyebrows permanently applied in a similar fashion as tattooing, called cosmetic tattooing. Karri did my tattoos, and she did a spectacular job!! That was about 6.5 months ago, and they look so good!! Never again will I have to draw on my eyebrows, only to smear them off on a hot day or swimming. All of the employees who were working that day were very helpful and kind and made me feel completely comfortable. It was clean, organized, the pricing was surprisingly reasonable, and everyone was very accomodating and professional. I was so impressed with the shop, I bought a number of items after my tattoo and recieved nothing but top notch customer service. The tattoo shop is completely sterile and safe, I should know because I worked in a top tattoo studio in Illinois for 2 years and went through all of the training and set up and tear down procedures and these guys surpass health department standards by far. The store area is very neat and accessible. It is one of the most well-stocked smoke shops I have ever been to and I totally enjoyed shopping there! The quality is high, the prices are low, and the service is excellent. I will be returning in a couple of weeks to visit once again. TWO THUMBS WAY UP CLOUD 9 SOUTHSIDE!!! p.s.- on the reviewer who was complaining about the $50.00 minimum, I have to tell you- you get what you pay for with tattoos. I have yet to see a tattoo that cost under $50.00 look good and professional. Most cheap tattoos happen in kitchens by non-professionals or by apprentices attempting to learn the art. In which case, there is no guarantee that you are being tattooed by a sterile, safe, and practiced artist. $50.00 is an extremely reasonable minimum when you think about what all goes into a tattoo. Unless you just dont think, and if you never think, you will probably take awful care of your new tattoo and it will look crappy anyway. So go ahead and seek out the $30.00 artist who is anxious to learn on your skin. But if you want REAL ART permanently in your skin, check out Cloud 9 Southside.