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
These two artist's at Sweet Baby Octane really know how to make a person feel welcomed. The shop when you first walk in is very tastefully decorated in Victorian Decor unmatched by any other shop I've ever seen. It is immaculately clean and when you get to the counter you are warmly comraderized by two of the best artist's in the country(if they aren't busy giving someone some awesome ink) D. Willy and J. Michael are two of the easiest people to get along with in my personal opinion(all but one of my tattoos have been done by these two and thats what keeps me coming back) and when you sit down in their chairs you feel like you've known them your whole life, they keep a very professional yet laid back type of feel about them and they really make you feel right at home. They do some of the best artwork these eyes have ever had the pleasure of seeing and if you don't believe me, go in and check it out, its all over every inch of the shop. These two in my opinion are the best artist in town, the most reasonably priced for the high quality of work that they do, and have mine and countless others highest order of respect.
What is there to say about Sweet Baby except that it's THE place to go for your ink, kids! I was on tattoo hiatus for almost 6 years prior to discovering these bad boys because I just couldn't find anyone who did art the way I like it. But both J Michael Taylor and D Willy have exceptional skills and I simply will not go anywhere else for the art that I am proud to have on my body for the rest of my life. Each of their pieces is a masterpiece and aside from the art itself, both these guys make you feel so comfortable the minute you sit in their chairs! Anxiety about getting tattooed is a thing of the past because I know I'm in good hands with these Picassos. I don't even go in with a solid idea anymore! I just put the thought out of what I want and know it will be done right. I'm proud to be a loyal Sweet Baby Octane patron and believe that both J Michael and D Willy set the standard by which all other artists should hold themselves to. ~ Shidoshi ~
I went there this past week and got a cover up on my ribs. I must say its the best tattoo I have yet & AMAZING ART WORK. My tattoo artist was D Willy & he did the best work ever. I just gave him an idea of what I want and he went to work. It looks like its coming out of my skin & it has colors I wouldn't have thought to put in it. Most artists will do what you say to do & have no input but he put his own two cents in and made it outstanding. Everyone at the shop will work with you to make your experience great and your tattoo absolutely amazing. The shop is in a great location and its pretty cool too. Its very clean and they make sure it always is also. The tattoos aren't cheap but would you rather get a cheap and awful looking tattoo or a awesome tattoo people want to get too because it looks so good? I have and always will give Sweet Baby Octane an awesome review and will send people their way :)
I love Liquid Vision. I have had 3 piercings in each ear, my industrial, my bridge, septum, nose, venom bites [2 in the tongue], canine bites [snake bites and angel bites], 2 dermal anchors in my collar bone, my belly button and my hips... most of them I have taken out because of my high school, but I greatly recommend Liquid Vision. I also got my first tattoo there, and it was cheaper than anywhere else near me. Its beautiful, but better than the original pic I had. It is a VERY clean shop. Joe, Larry and Jeff are great guys and very professional as well as friendly. Its only $25 for the piercing, and that includes your body jewelry, which they have a large selection of. And, you get a free Monster energy drink with each piercing, not each trip. So if you get 3 piercings in one trip, you walk out with 3 monsters. Amazing.
Artist-a: the conscious user of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also: works so produced. (i.e. Joe Evans) If you want someone who thinks just like you, get on match.com. Joe may not do that. If you want someone to do your tattoo who is an artist and has an eye for beauty and dimension and creativity, see Joe. He does excellent quality work. He has done my tattoos and my son's tattoos- in fact, I signed for my son to get his first tattoo at 17 so I could take him to Joe before he tried any run of the mill shop on his own. I have referred close friends and family many, many times. This is not someone who just slaps ink on skin- I have seen alot of his artwork and I am always impressed with his skill and the pride he takes in his work. Would definitely go back.
I've been getting tattoos for over seven years and I've been to a couple of different shops in different cities, but no experience will ever compare to the experiences that I have had at Sweet Baby Octane. I have had the oppertunity to get three tattoos from this studio working with both artists J. Michael and D. Willy. Both are extremely professional in demeanor and do everything they can to make you feel comfortable even if you're a tattoo veteran or a first time novice. The art these two create will also astound you. While a lot of tattoo artists will give you a book to choose from these guys will design you a custom piece around what you're thinking and find a way to transfer it on to your skin. If you're looking for the best tattoo artists in the city, look no further than Sweet Baby Octane!
The location is cool, the shop is even cooler and the guys are the coolest guys you'll ever meet. Extremely professional, the shop is decked out and clean as a whistle. Any concerns or inhibitions are left at the door because the minute you walk in, your made to feel welcomed. Mike G tattoos me and what can I say? He's amazing. A true artist and professional. He loves what he does and accepts no less than perfection. A guy that can grab a pen and free hand the most amazing stuff I've ever seen is the guy that keeps me coming back for more. Mike has done a few of my tattoos and every one of them is more beautiful and more perfect than I could have ever imagined. It is an honor to wear his work. Mike, you are awesome. Go in, check out their portfolios, and find yourself in the right place.