I have lived in many places, and have had various artists, some with a greater or lesser degree of talent. I can usually tell within the first five minutes of being in a parlor if I am going to enjoy my experience, and either stay, or leave accordingly. This type of prejudgement might be considered inappropriate, but hey, it is my body, and I consider the art of tattooing to be somewhat still kind of a sacred ritual, so I am okay with that.
After hearing from a friend the name of this company, and the exceptional experience they had, I looked them up online for me and a visiting friend to go to so we could get some artwork done. Within a few seconds we were greeted and were already discussing our desired concepts with a very enthusiastic artist. That set me at ease in a moment. He was serious and attentive, and obviously loved what he did... Three qualities that I think a great artist should have.
After designing our custom works, which were better than the designs we had in mind anyways, he set to work on us efficiently and with great care, resulting in that zen experience I strive for. After staying open almost two hours late to create that immaculate piece of work, instead of rushing to get out on time, said a lot not only about his ethic, but the company that took the time to find such a great asset as well.
Suffice it to say we left more than pleased and with an even better sense of assurance that we would definitely come back for more.
And I did, a week and a half later, with four family members, to an even better experience.
A new idea, a different artist, and an even better environment. Always clean, it was freshly renovated and with a positive vibe. In moments we set to work with our individual artists to change a concept into a piece of reality. I was taken into a different room this time, with the same exceptional clean standards of my previous visit.
I cannot speak for the others in my party, but they all said they shared the similar experience I will relate. My artist was dilligent, attentive, serious, and very professional, but with a good personality and a steady hand. It was easy to get lost in the feel of the tattoo, and I liked it more as it was a little quieter in this room, where you could get more into the sensation of the machine. Hours passed like minutes, and it was really a terrific experience.
Once again, the staff stayed open late to make sure everyone in my party was happy with thier individual custom pieces they selected, and sent us off with a welcome invitation to return. I'm sure we will defintely take them up on that offer.
We felt so good in fact, that we went to the casino to win some money afterwards, which we did! Can't beat a night like that!