It never ceases to amaze me that people will spend a hundred dollars a week on cigarettes and another hundred on sodas, but don't seem to want to pay for a tattoo. In the past 5 years I've heard more grumbling about tattoo pricing than any other thing, and honestly, it gets annoying. We are artists, and we have bills to pay too. We don't do this as a hobby, we do it as a lifelong career. We work sometimes 16 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week and sometimes more and barely pay the bills. You, the customer, come in and see a tattoo for $200 and you think its too expensive. We finish putting our heart and soul into it and we look at it with pride, but think it wasn't expensive enough. The artist only makes a percentage of that tattoo, and it might be half of the work he does that week. If he closes the week taking home $500 he feels like he has done well, but after calculating his hours and finding he has worked 70 hours for that $500, you find that he makes less than minimum wage. But you, the customer often complain about the price and if the artist doesn't come down you might well go to another studio that does worse work for a better price, or go to a scratcher running out of his home. I never wanted to be rude to anyone, I never wanted to be difficult, but when customers complain about the price, I find myself wanting to tell them that if they don't care about the quality of their work, I will gladly send them to an artist in another studio who is no good and will charge you what he is worth. Things have changed since I entered the tattoo world, and not really for the better. It used to be that people took pride in their tattoos. It expressed something for them and they would save up to pay what it was worth to get a piece of art that was uniquely THEM. They would not go to a second rate artist to get a better deal, they would hunt out the best work and pay what the work was worth. $50 tattoos have always been part of the tattoo world but it was until a few years ago, a small part of it. Now it seems to be overwhelming it with this idea that I can get the smallest tattoo possible for the cheapest price. Today it isn't about expression so much as fashion and no one wants to pay for fashion. Today just HAVING the tattoo is enough. The cheaper the better and if the quality is no good...well who cares, it was CHEAP! So what, you can cover it with a quarter! The title: Tattoo Collector used to be worn with pride, but today I was told, "I'm not a collector, I just like tattoos" Ahhh, how times have changed. I long for the days when people wanted works of art, and were willing to do whatever it took to get it, I long for the days when people hung out at the Tattoo Parlor and brought all their friends, I long for the day when getting your first tattoo was a rite of passage and not something to be rushed, but something to be planned and experienced. I long for the day when Tribal Tattoos were restricted to the Tribes that wore them. Ahhh, how times have changed. The truth is that they have changed, and the appreciation of the art is lacking, and that is simply the way it is.
I went to TigerMoon last year, because I was finally gonna get my tongue pierced while me bff got her first tat. Let me tell u it was awesome. The guy pierced my tongue quickly eventhough I was a little afraid, he talked to me the entire time. It was quick and painless. When we were done I went back out into the shop to see my friend get her tattoo, she said a couple times it stung, which is expected when its on ur wrist, but she talked and laughed the whole time. when we were done, we waited like a week before she decided she wanted her tongue pierced too, so we went back. Again, quick and painless, super professional and friendly. We enjoyed the experience so much that when my boyfriend came home from Iraq a few months late, we took him to TigerMoon, and he got the most awesomest (yea i went there) tattoo on his inner forearm. His hurt a little more, but today he loves it, and wants another when this new tour overseas ends. My mom and I are going back for our tattoos. Pricing is great, and it's clean, professional, and plenty of artwork around to view. They even play movies while you wait.
This shoppe is stellar! I have ALOT of ink and have visited shoppes in several states. There's alot of elitist, snotty, uppity, better than you types in the business. This shoppe is so ABOVE that mentality! NO gradeschool cliquish attitudes here. Top that with the fact that the owner is an award winning artist that is primo at new school, vivid colors, and portraits as well as his staff having varying fields of specialties= good shoppe with a positive vibe. The cherry on top is that the whole crew is VERY on top of cleanliness and sterility almost to the point of OCD. Pricing is quite fair and is even better if you are going to be sitting for several hours. I've been happy with all my ink from Rich- owner . The only negative of this place is that it's 5mi further than his original shoppe- Last Angels on Greenville Ave which was 1.5mi from me. :-P