There are a million tattoo shops in South Beach. The only one I had ever heard of was Miami Ink but honestly I didnt care about Miami Ink- My friends and I walked around the beach for awhile and saw the coolest looking tattoo shop called Salvation. It was a gorgeous place, beautiful FIERCE and really clean studio. My artists name was Brandon and not only did he make my tattoo better than I could ever have imagined but he was so patient funny and most of all talented. The tattoo healed quicker than any of my friends who had gotten tattooed at the new Miami Ink- aka Love Hate. It was a little sore that night,but that was it- my friends scabbed up and hurt for over a week. The funny thing is we both got a jaguar w/ roses running on our ribs. The difference is mine cost half the price and now that we are both fully healed - the artwork is amazing hers not so much. Salvation staff was really fun- and accomadating. I was nervous (especially since I split up from my friend) but by the time Brandon showed me my stencil I was eager to get started. He also gave me really great tips on aftercare - which my friend did not know about- I highly recommend Salvation to evryone who wants a tattoo or peirceing b/c guess what? The next day me and my friend both came back to show Brandon the difference in our tattoo's- when you walk in this shop you immediately see the jewlery counter. Being girls we decuded to check out the jewelery and we met this guy Eric but everyone knows him by the name Kracker---- everyone even the guys eating at Sushi Samba we met later that night. We had on shirts that showed off , what else, our new belly button rings peirced by the infamous &amp;amp;amp;quot;Kracker&amp;amp;amp;quot; Bottom line if you want an amazing tattoo see Brandon or peircing see Eric aka Kracker at Salvation tattoo parlor on Washington Ave. Those two really know what they are doing, and make the whole experience fun, memorable and worth what my friend and I now have nicknamed body beautification. SALVATION ROCKS THANKS BRANDON AND KRACKER!!!!!
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To walk into Salvation Tattoo and get treated so well from the moment you walk in was something incredible if you understand what its like anywhere else. The talent level that they have is outstanding. The biggest problem I had with Salvation was that I didn't know which artist to choose. They were all good. There was a girl in the front patiently discussing every detail of what I could and should do with my design and made me feel free to make any changes I wanted which was so nice. By the time it was all said and done I got an outstanding Tattoo for a fair price and was treated like a king the whole time. Here's a true story about my Tattoo Shop searching experience before I found Salvation Tattoo. I walked into a shop and started looking around waiting for someone to say hello and I just waited.............and waited..............by the time someone said anything to me it was like I was intruding or disturbing their lives or something. I told the guy my idea and I was told it was not possible to get what I wanted and I had to change alot of things about my design. When the conversation was over I was nowhere near what I wanted and I was terrified to let the guy know because he had the biggest attitude! He wanted to charge me for a drawing and that's when I said thank you and i'd think about it. I went to other shops and got alot of the same garbage treatment. What is wrong with these places? Thank you Salvation Tattoo I will be back and I am done with these other shops. In my opinion, they just don't get it.
I had wanted a sleeve done on my left arm. I walked into Salvation Tattoo Lounge on 16th and Washington Ave in South Beach Florida. Once I walked in I was amazed by the cleanliness of the shop. It was amazingly clean to every detail compared to all of the other shops I have visited in SoBe. The woman named Sarah was super nice and extremely helpful. They also have computer workstations to help find tattoo art for my sleeve. In addition the tattoo artist named Victor from Salvation Tattoo was super cool and helpful in my decision/sizing/coloring/shading of my sleeve. After all their help I was expecting to pay with my first born, but since I attend the University of Miami I got 30% OFF my work!!! And they have more coupons for other schools. So after a few weeks and several sessions my sleeve was done and more than I had expected. The Staff and Service at Salvation Tattoo was GREAT! They treated me like King James from the Heat !! My Girlfriend's birthday is coming up and I am going to surprise her with a tattoo from there.