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! Thanks guys!
Let me begin that Casey and his wife are very personable. Easy to get along with. I called on Sunday Morning, not only was Casey quick to help and friendly he was not all upset that I called on Sunday. I brought my Custom tattoo to him and he did a spectacular job. EVeryone of my friends and family absolutely love my new art. I'm in love with as well. I can not stop looking at it. His shop is clean and fresh. With all the art I have on my body I have never experience an experience like this. I would recommend for anyone that is looking for a clean friendly and knowledgable artist to go see Casey and his artist at ART EXPLOSION!!! This place rocks. 2 THUMBS UP!
Ybor City Tattoo Co has provided me with over 20 hours of extremely high quality, show winning tattoos including half back, quarter sleeve, and side pieces. All of my tattoos are done in brilliant colors outlined with smooth professional line work. Though I used a primary artist, I witnessed all the other artists at work and I was thoroughly impressed with their work as well. I've had tattoo work done at three other high profile studios and I've finally found a shop that I can count on. THANK YOU YBOR CITY TATTOO CO!