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
I have the good fortune of wearing many pieces of Billy Hill's art. I now live in Austin, TX and am constantly approached and asked where I get my work done because it is so original, so clean, so colorful, and basically, so beautiful as to cause Envy. I love taking my ideas to Billy in raw form because he really does take the time to come up with an original creation that is always far superior to anything that I could have imagined or designed myself. His studio is visually calming and Billy is wonderful at making your tattoo experience relaxed and enjoyable. He has recommended tattoo artists for me to visit in Austin but I have decided that there is no other place that I would rather go to than Envy and am already planning a special return trip to Columbus for another amazing Billy Hill special.
We are a group of 66 year old ladies (grade school/high school friends) and this was our first experience with a tattoo -- the entire experience was outstanding from the beginning. The Envy Skin Gallery is a beautiful facility and the owners, artists, receptionists, etc. were all exceptionally professional . . . and fun as well. They set it up as a "party" for us with snacks and a private room to wait for our "turn" with Billy Hill. Although we have no comparison, we just KNOW that Billy is the best tattoo artist, and we were very happy that we put our "bums" in his hands!!! He walked us through the whole procedure and made us very comfortable -- so if this is your first tattoo . . . go to the Envy Skin Gallery and Billy Hill.