I recently went to Broken Art Tattoo to get a piece done that has been in my mind for a couple of years - it is a back piece that started with a tribal phoenix on one side of my back that I got done in Vegas with an average artist. So I came upon Broken Art by doing careful research and seeing the portfolio of work. Jeremy Swan has the most consistent beautiful art work I have seen. Then I found out he designed the shirts for Musink. That sealed the deal for me - I had to get my next piece, a cross, with him. I went in the shop and the first thing I notice is a life size statue of Darth Maul in the entrance. Then as I go in further, there is a small bar in one corner, a couple of couches, and a ping pong table! It was an inviting atmosphere. Jeremy was tattooing someone at the time, but was able to pause for a bit for me to present the work I wanted done and book an appointment. So, it was not surprising I got my appointment about a month later and placed an $80 deposit for it. He charges by the hour - $175. When the day came to do it, I was excited. I got the shop and when Jeremy arrived, he greeted me, went to settle down a few things, and went to work on my design on paper with a few custom changes. Immediately I was impressed with how quick he did this and how the ideas flowed from his mind to paper. When he saw the phoenix I had, he looked at the cross, and immediately suggested to not only get the cross done, but also get the phoenix on the other side as well with a few more additions to "frame" the cross and make it complete - all this came to him on the fly. So, looking at a rough sketch of what he meant, I immediately agreed. The tattooing session itself was about 2 hours and it was intense. When the cross was done, my jaw fell down. The colors and design just stood out - it was perfect! I booked my next appointment - about a 5 weeks from now - to finish off the piece. I could not recommend a better artist! If you want quality work, stop by and check the place out for yourself - you wont regret it!
OMG... Let me start start by saying it was about 10:ish pm (mind you shop closes @ 10:00 pm) on a Friday and we passed by this lited up spacious artistic tattoo shop. This shop is beautiful- the music was going, it was clean, and no cluter. Walked in and the artist was working on some guy... the shop owner was a cool guy, he greeted us as though we walked in his house. I told him I was interested in getting a Dia De Los Muertos skull on my side- thinking that he would tell me to come back tomorrow he said "Let's do it, once my artist is done you'll be next". I thought WOW he definitely showed customer service. I got my tat done and let me tell you, I found the only artist 'Andres' to work on my body! Dude this guy is so detailed that the flowers inside the skull looked like you should be smelling them, the lines were so straight, and shading... DUDE this guy was a perfectionist. It looked so realistic - I absolutely love it! They then loaded my picture on to myspace for everyone to see. I totally recommend that if you want someone that cares about his work you have to go check out Andres @ Ricroks Tattoos & Body Piercing! Thanks Andres and Ricky! -Lola
You can walk into any tattoo shop, pick a design from a book, and have it tattooed on your body, then walk out the door and run into three people with the same tat. Or you can walk into Hollywood Stars Tattoo Studio and tell one of the artists what you have in mind. He or she will design it for you, with your input if you wish, collaborate with you till the design is just what you'd hoped for, and have it permanently "painted" on your body for you and the world to enjoy. Jen is my artist of choice, but all the staff are friendly, expert at what they do, and just fun to be around. I had been planning my tattoo for months, took some pictures in to Jen, and a few days later she was ready to get started. After three sessions (about 8 1/2 hours total) it was finished. I have had compliments galore. We are doing a sleeve now. Jen said it might take a couple of months because I have so much I want to put into it, but I know it will be a masterpiece when she is finished. btw: They are featured in either the August or September 2008 issue of "Urban Ink", so you don't have to take my word for it, they are the best. JoAnn