620 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94401
This is a response prompted by mikem82's amazingly negative review below. \r
Blaming a tattoo artist for not giving you a crappy tattoo [he neglects to mention that he came in with a design suggestion that in the artist's opinion was bad] is akin to blaming a surgeon for not giving you an unneeded operation. Everyone has a right to pick the tattoo they feel comfortable with, and if the design isn't good you also have a right to walk. \r
Conversely, a tattoo artist also has a right to tell you that your design idea isn't good--it's his professional opinion as a specialist. From the account I read of the incident, the artist you refer to attempted to take a bad design idea and polish it up so that it looked good and then had to suffer through your cousin's critical opinion about how the tattoo should be accomplished, placed, etc. -- all while you hemmed and hawed for an hour while other paying customers waited patiently to get tattoos in the shop. \r
For what it's worth, almost every one of my friends (and I) have gotten tattoos at this shop and we are all overwhelmingly satisfied. All of the guys who work there are good, professional, artists-- but don't try to treat them like Burger King employees (no offense to fast food people)-- they aren't low-wage functionaries you can demand to ""have it your way"" with-- these are skilled tradespeople practicing a craft that's a mixture between art, trade, and medical procedure. Your failure to respect the artists, to have a well-articulated design from the beginning, or to speak for yourself in the matter created a nearly impossible situation for a worker and an artist to perform under. \r
Godspeed is a good shop. Give them a chance, show them equal respect, and let them do their jobs. If they don't like your design for a tattoo and try to help you--either appreciate their honesty and skill and accept the new design or go elsewhere where people with less ethics and less pride as artists will do it for you just for the money.