This is the story of how I met Paris Pierides and began turning my body into a work of art. When I set out to get my most recent tattoo, I decided that I should do some research to determine the best tattooists in the Charlotte area. I knew of some studios that had been around for the past decade or so, but before beginning my research I had never heard of "Paris Tattoos." Naturally, when "Paris Tattoos" showed up in my search results with a multitude of five star reviews, I was curious. (If you haven't taken the time to do so yet, stop reading this review and go directly to http://www.paristattoos.com. If you have any doubts after viewing the galleries, please return to this review so that I can do my best to convince you of the quality of Paris' work and his personal dedication to the art of tattooing.) I've spent a lot of time looking through tattoo galleries, and I like to judge an artist by their observable abilities before I judge them by their written accomplishments. I'm someone that goes by my gut instinct, my first impression usually being the most reliable, and once again this has proven to be true. As I glanced through Paris' online gallery, it didn't take me long to decide that I must be looking at the artwork of someone incredibly talented, someone that I wanted to tattoo me. I quickly decided that I must know whose work I was looking at before I continued looking through his or her gallery, so I jumped over to the biography. Perhaps needless to say, I was pleased to discover that Paris Pierides is a world-renowned tattoo artist and winner of many tattooing awards. That said, let me attest to the fact that Paris' abilities far exceed his international recognition. When you meet him and see the work he does it becomes obvious that he is a true master of the art. Even though Charlotte is an ever-growing city, I am still amazed that it harbors such a talented artist. Charlotte is beyond fortunate to have a tattoo artist of Paris' caliber, and I have nothing but the highest praise to bestow upon him. It is an inexcusable shame that Charlotte has yet to give Paris the recognition that an artist of his talent deserves. The quality of your experience at Paris Tattoos begins as soon as you step into the studio, or perhaps even before that if you call to schedule your appointment. Paris and his wife Alexandra are both incredibly polite and helpful when it comes to scheduling appointments and planning for your body art. I've never been in a tattoo or piercing studio like theirs; from the red leather sofas and pristine wooden floors to the tribal masks and original works of art that adorn the walls, the studio itself is nothing short of aesthetically astounding. Furthermore, the space is immaculately clean; there is certainly no question about hygiene in their studio. It is a work of art in and of itself, exuding the essence of quality and care that Paris and Alexandra apply to all of their work. The experiences of making an appointment and visiting the studio, as wonderful as they may be, pale in comparison to the experience of actually working with Paris to complete your tattoo. He has exquisite insight when it comes to designing art that fits not only the contours of a person's body but also their personality. For him, your body is a unique canvas, and his goal is to turn you into a true work of art. Two (and I am sure there are more) unique abilities that make Paris' work more credible than most: (1) He has a strong instinct that he is not afraid to follow and (2) he has many years of practice supporting his art. If you give Paris an idea and let him run with it, he will give it life! I feel honored to have been this artist's canvas. He transformed my original design into something bigger and better than I could have ever imagined. And since he tattooed me a week ago, I haven't been able to stop planning what work I want to have done next.
What can I say about Paris Tattoos http://www.paristattoos.com/ ? I wish I could explain my experience in just a few words, but that would be a trick. I am simply not the kind of person that takes for granted great work and a great experience. I found Paris by what I consider to be thoughtful consideration. As you know, a tattoo is something that is very permanent and meaningful! Previously to finding Paris I interviewed other artists in Charlotte about the design I wanted. Sorry to say I was met with confusion and a general lack of understanding. I just really needed to talk about the design because I was not crystal clear how it would look with another piece I already had on my arm. Unfortunately, before I met Paris I was forced to drive to Florida to get work done. This was big problem and I was tired of being forced to leave the state. I can honestly say that I would have continued to make the 12 hour trip to Florida if not for Paris Tattoos. My first impression upon visiting Paris’s Tattoo studio (more like art museum) was that this is going to be expensive and I should probably not even ask about getting work done. Money was a second factor, the first consideration was will this artist talk to me and help me? I was met at the door by Paris himself, and found a friend in him immediately. I was able to ask questions, hear his opinion, and discuss the process. This task was so easy and simple, that I booked him a day later. Little did I know that I would continue to make appointments for the next few months. The experience is indeed important... Customer service is so important to this group and I feel like I am a part of a family. Alexandra remembers my daughter’s name and asks questions that are very specific to her. This is not the kind of thing someone can fake or make up on the spot. This experience was so different from the experiences I have had in the past. If you think you are going to walk into a musky, dark, dank tattoo studio where people stare at you and wonder why you are here, then you have a surprise coming. It is almost a joke to me to hear prospective clients walks into the studio and utter the words “WOW, I thought this was an art museum.” I smile each time I hear that, because that was the first thing I said to Paris when I met him. So the place is ridiculously clean, professional and comfortable…OKAY, but what about the tattoos I wondered. Forget the amazing images on Paris Tattoos http://www.paristattoos.com/ website; rather ask me how I feel about my tattoo! I am a Professor with a PhD and many other college degrees. I am a professional researcher by trade and a certified school principal in NC. I do not settle for less and my reputation and recommendations are important to me. This guy can do it! The worst part for me is that his work is SO GOOD that I have extended my tattoo further than I thought I would. The best part is that his prices, and art are so reasonable that I keep coming back for more (don’t tell him I said that). After the tattoo session ends for the night, Paris speaks to you about care and schedules a follow up visit to make sure everything is healing well. Who does that? This was a first for me… Paris Tattoos http://www.paristattoos.com/ is in a class all by themselves. I certainly do not mean to offend other artist in the area, but if I found what I wanted earlier, then I would not be writing this letter and would have not met Paris. Finally, thank you to Paris Tattoos and the crew at the studio.
I was involved in a tattoo collaboration with a "friend" and assumed I was getting a custom piece. The only part I was able to get completed was the outline due to scheduling and then I found out the outline was a trace from someone else's tattoo!! :( I was very disappointed... So, here I was on the lookout for another tattoo artist who could finish my owl to my satisfaction and with trust! I was looking through the shops that have been around town for many years and found great ideas...BUT, I decided to google "tattoo shops in Charlotte" and this very moment changed my everything!! I stumbled upon (more like divine intervention) Paris Tattoos! From the first glimpse I was hooked and sold on this place... I stopped by to check them out in person and I have never been in such a classy, eclectic tattoo/art studio. I was at a loss for words! I truly had no idea that this genre of business could be so colorful, energetic and full of life - and that this type of style had moved into my city!!! You can feel the positive energies as soon as you enter through the door! It is by far a step above your average tattoo parlor that generally has the hard edged roughness that defines the scene! This "studio" is filled with artifacts, artwork and pictures of amazing tattoos! Paris and Alexandra take pride in their chosen paths and that exudes from every corner! I received a nose piercing from Alexandra first. She is so gentle in nature and very kind. I closed my eyes and before I knew anything was happening, she was done - it didn't even hurt a bit!! She is very fluid in action and very detailed with care/cleaning instructions. I then met with Paris and at first, he wasn't so excited to finish someone else's tattoo! The reasoning?? He didn't want to be disrespectful to the person who started it!! How's that for A-1 style?! He agreed to help me out and I am so very grateful! I spent 4 hours with him on his table and it was something I will never forget! He is so very engaging and concerned with your well being. We had great conversation and great music. I very much enjoyed the atmosphere; very relaxing and easy going during a thousand+ needle punctures at best!! I am already thinking of many more to get! I have wanted tattoos for a long time and just waited...to find Paris in my own back yard!! He is also very concerned with after care to ensure proper healing and schedules a follow up just to take a peek! Few places care so much after the sale is complete...the final view shows his dedication and detail orinetation to the world and he really cares what others will see! Art is his life... I highly recommend this studio to anyone!! I'm still in awe about the images that come from this Man and his imagination...one of a kind person in this sea of life that can put art on your skin for you to carry for eternity!!