first a little background: I have 7 tattoos on my body. These tattoos were obtained from 5 different shops in various cities throughout Ohio (Brunswick, Athens and Columbus). Needless to say I enjoy the art of tattooing. However, I was never able to truly find an artist who seemed to share the passion and excitement I had about my ideas. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the tattoo's I have. But, at the end of the day I never believed the artist truly cared about the idea / tat. A few months back I came up with a new idea. The idea was vague; barely a coherent thought and lacked the important details needed to accurately convey what I was looking for. I visited various shops in the Columbus area and tried to explain what I was looking for. In all instances I received haphazard responses with no display of enthusiasm at the prospect of bringing my hazy idea into focus. With little hope I contacted Anthony (owner) at Stained Skin. I met him, rattled off my now memorized idea and left the shop. I was nervous this was going to be the same old song and dance. I returned a week later to review the drawling Anthony had prepared, as well as jump into the initial phase of the tattoo. Quite honestly I was skeptical I would even enjoy the initial design. However, at first glance it was evident this shop and their artists cared more about the customer than other shops. Anthony took my disjointed array of thoughts and brought it together to form a design that surpassed my expectations and at the same time incorporated some of his personal flare. The actual tattoo process was seamless. Anthony kept the conversation going, introduced me to some great music and discussed what exactly he had in mind as we progressed through phase 1. Not only was Anthony great, but Andy (shop artist) and Joe (shop keep) were awesome as well. The shop truly understands the concept of customer service. All and all it was the best experience I have EVER had on the tattoo front. I believe I can safely stop my search for the ideal shop. My head is already spinning with the possibility of having Anthony spruce up my older tats and provide a new day flare to them. I recommend this shop to anyone, ranging from wile tat vet to tat virgin. Everyone in the shop will welcome you in and make you feel comfortable in the experience. Not to mention you will receive a design far exceeding your expectations. Regards, PH
Mike Gombeda created a custom piece of art for my arm! He took his time with the drawing, planning, using the stencil, and free-handed portions. He always asked permission to free-hand something in place of an original idea to see if it would work better. He was never pushy and never made me feel like his ideas were better than mine. He was especially patient with me when picking out the colors, particularly when I was being indecisive. I really appreciated and welcomed his suggestions during the whole process. Also, as a woman a big plus for me was that Mike never gave me that creepy guy vibe. I never had a fear of infection or cross contamination because Mike is crazy about cleanliness. He washed his hands before we started each session and after breaks, he probably changed his gloves 10 times each session, too. Everything was wrapped in plastic i.e. trays, machines, chairs, electrical wires, etc. Plus, I had the opportunity to watch him open all the needles and tubes from their original packaging during every set up. After completely healing, there are no lumpy scar tissue spots and my skin is smooth to the touch. The colors in my tattoo are vibrant and beautiful, I get compliments all the time! Going to Mike Gombeda at Sweet Baby Octane was a great experience and I've already scheduled my next piece!
I highly recommend Sweet Baby Octane for your next tattoo. You will not find better artist or tattooist in Columbus. The first tattoo I got at Sweet Baby Octane was almost 13 years ago.....and It still looks as though I just had it done. I have since had D Willy (Sweet Baby Octane) tattoo a complete sleeve on my lower leg, a sleeve in progress on my left arm, a back piece. After seeing my tattoos virtually all of my freinds and even some of my family including my wife have all since been tattooed by Sweet Baby Octane. You will not brighter colors anywhere. And the most important thing is that the colors last. That is one of the biggest compliments I get on my tattoos is how bright they are. And then people say "did you just get that done?" And with a smile on my face I reply "No, it was done a few years ago." If you are thinking about where to go and get your next or your first tattoo check this shop out. I am confident that after you do you will not go anywhere else. And with the addition of artist J. Micheal Taylor(sorry if I spelled that wrong J) Sweet Baby Octane is second to no one when it comes to art or ink. If you want something original that will just blow peoples minds, or even traditional that have the WOW factor, these two guys are the ones to go see! Todd