All of my life I was against tattoo's. I didn't want anything to do with them. Then one day I met my estranged daughter who was no stranger to the art. Unbeknownst to her she inspired me to get a tattoo which I did the year prior at another shop in town. It was extremely impromptu but a good experience and ever since then I had been wanting another. I spent countless months searching for the perfect piece; artwork that was bold, colorful and would make a statement the moment you saw me and I finally found it. Money was no object. The week prior I headed in to Tattoo Charlie's to check out their shop and make an appointment. My wife and daughter had work done there multiple times. I have to feel comfortable and like the people. Nice shop, friendly people, all with a positive attitude, and very professional. The shop is clean, the chairs in the waiting area are comfortable and there is plenty of artwork on the walls to review while waiting. A few folks around town had recommended Jeremiah to me who is the resident custom artist. He liked the design I had brought in and definitely wanted to work with me to get it done. He estimated about three hours to complete. Great! I'll be on vacation next week! All of Jeremiah's first appointments (they start at 12:00 PM) were booked up for a couple of weeks in advance but they do take walk-ins and he offered to take me after his noon appointment on the Tuesday of the following week which couldn't come soon enough! I was so excited! That Tuesday finally arrived and I was up early. Grabbed some breakfast, a haircut, anything I could do to kill time until noon. I arrived as promised to get signed in (being the eager beaver that I am I was actually 20 mins early). After about forty-five minutes, Jeremiah advised that it would be a few hours and that I could stay or wait for their call at home as I lived nearby; something I found extremely accommodating. I did nothing all day but wait for that call which I received at 6:15 PM; an hour and forty-five minutes before they closed. I was really looking forward to this but I can't fault them for it. My advice, be patient, and book well in advance. I give three stars for the kindness and professionalism. I cannot attest to anything else. As for my eagerly anticipated and much desired artwork, I guess it wasn't meant to be.
My new tattoo has a very special meaning to me. I had been planning my tattoo for almost a year,a lot of thinking went into it. It had to be perfect and get my message across to my parent's. I decided on what I wanted but couldn't find the right person to do it. After asking around, a friend suggested Joel. Joel had done a lot of work for him and his work was great. When I showed Joel what I wanted he wasn't sure it could be done the way I wanted due to the size and amount of words I wanted, he thought words would run into each other. He took a lot of time and thinking and worked it out exactly the way I wanted it to be. I LOVE IT. My tattoo has so much meaning to me and to have someone understand and create that for me was an awesome experience. Plan to get 2 more and will only let Joel do them. THANK YOU JOEL I LOVE IT.
THE best place in Louisville to get any tattoo. The artists will work with you on every single detail. The cleanliness is obvious as soon as you walk in the door. They follow every guideline and law there is where others do not. I've gotten every one of my tattoos from Tattoo Charlie's - that's been a family owned business forever - and I'm proud to tell everyone where I got them. Every employee at Tattoo Charlie's will come to assist you with any questions. I love how they will help with the designs, the placement, etc. Quality all around. I've also gotten the BEST piercings from Tattoo Charlie's. They don't just do tattoos, they also do piercings! Go there. Seriously. You will not be disappointed.