I had a great experience at High Voltage. Yeah, Kat was there and there were huge crowds. But what do you expect when the shop basically has it's own show. I was up in LA for 1 day (I wsa out from Kansas for a conference in Long Beach) to see my in-laws and had planned ahead of time to make the trip to the shop. I had an image in mind and I came to LA prepared with my design. I had to go back and forth to the shop several times in order to talk with an artist that might be able to get me in that day and fighting the crowds that were there for merch or were standing around staring at Kat and Bam was annoying. However, Pixie was very nice and worked with me on when to come back to talk with an artist. They were able to get me in with an artist that day. Yes, it was pricey. Yes, they wanted $100 cash deposit. Yes, they are cash only when it comes to tattoos. And yes, there are other tattoo shops in LA with great reputations and great artists. But I wouldn't trade my tattoo or my experience for the world. C'mon. I'm a Kansas girl. I met Kat, Pixie, Hannah, and Bam Margera was in the shop. Once Kat and Bam Margera left, the crowds thinned out immediately. One of the other artists in the shop, but not on the show, Nate Fiero, did my piece. I got a 3.5" x 2", multicolor, multishaded, very detailed piece for $400. I don't think I could've gotten the same piece done locally with the same results. Nate was very thorough, he did his research on the piece to expand on what I brought it, and was very friendly. Yes, even I know $400 pricey for a piece that size. However, if you're going to High Voltage, odds are you're going partly for the experience of the "LA Ink" phenomenon. Not saying all people do, but I know that was part of my draw. So between the gorgeous ink Nate gave me and just the sheer experience of it, I definitely recommend High Voltage.
The draw to High Voltage Tattoo is obviously Kat Von D and her show LA Ink. Here is my experience: I went to book an appointment at another tattoo shop in Silverlake - the artist there designed the T-Shirt for Musink. My long time friend went with me. He had wanted to get a tattoo as well, but this artist was booked a month in advance. This tattoo was about 2.5" x 2.5". So, since he wanted to get it that day and not wait, we went to another shop in the area - the answer was the same - no we are busy for the day, come back another time. Well, we finally decided to go to High Voltage - we are LA natives and what better way to connect than getting a tattoo there! We called ahead of time to see if it was going to be possible - we were told to come in and see if my friend could be squeezed in. When we arrived, it was definitely packed! My friend pushed through the crowd and put in his request. Pixie was not there - but oh well. Dennis H. took on my friend's tattoo - he was almost out, but took the time to do it. It took about half hour with prepping and all. But they did charge $300 even though it was only half hour. Dennis was awesome and the orange ink he used for the piece was brilliant - I asked where he got it, and he said its a private source. In the end my friend was happy with his tattoo and his claim to having it done at High Voltage by a top notch artist the same day!
This is one of the best shops ive seen in awhile ! Very nice atmosphere and they were very infromative. I got a tattoo done there and its the best one i got hands down! I recomend "under the skin" to anyone who likes good art.