This is one of the hidden gems of Athens. It isn't downtown but this makes it all the more a great experience. The guys in this shop are really down to earth, and make you feel comfortable. They are realistic with what you should expect in a tattoo. Mike D does beautiful work! If you are looking for amazing flowers, Japanese design, lettering, you name it he can do it. Need something custom? He's got it. Alan has beautiful color in his work. Ryan can set you up with anything you need as well. Need a specific time? They can accommodate whatever is needed. On Sundays, Devon is known for her beautiful work and is well experienced in classic art. Either way, you can't go wrong here! From the front it looks like a typical street shop, but walk inside and it's a collage of collectible art and decor. I go back here for all of my work.
Dae is awesome. He did navel piercings on me and my friend and it was hands-down the absolute best experience I have ever had with a needle in my entire life--I'm completely TERRIFIED of needles and he made me feel comfortable and somehow made it not hurt at all. All my friends have gotten tattoos here as well and none of them have ever had a single complaint--they got awesome designs, the staff is wonderful, and even years later the tattoos look amazing. If I ever get another piercing, it'll be from Dae, and everyone I know would absolutely get another tattoo here. This place is the best!
Not entirely sure why there are so many negative reviews about Mark but I've gotten several large pieces from him & I have absolutely no complaints. Sure, he is not afraid to tell you if your original design will not look flattering, but he has been tattooing for quuuiiite a way, I think he knows what he is talking about! Mark is knowledgeable and very talented & my husband & I both refuse to go to anyone else. I would recommend him to anyone!
When I went there for my first tattoo, the guy who did it was super nice and friendly! He talked me through the process and made me feel at ease. However, when I went to get my nose pierced, another employee (Alan) was working. He was pretty rude and made me feel super on edge. I have had problems with my piercing since. Maybe he was annoyed that he had to do a simple piercing, but I think that customer service should come first regardless.
I've had 3 tattoos done here and Mark is great!! He's very honest on what will and will not work due to size. They may seem stubborn due to size requirements but they are correct. Best to be honest upfront than regret it later. All 3 have been ideas I've shown up with and Mark personalized it and made them perfect. I refuse to go anywhere else. I also had them add to and touch up my first tattoo. I love them all... Tattoos and crew!!!
Haha, American Classic is really a great place, so it's odd to see all the negative reviews. They aren't the friendliest, but at least they're honest. I'd rather someone tell me they couldn't do a piece (whether it's their fault or the customers) than attempt to do it when the artist was not comfortable with the design or scale. They did a great job on my very first and my third tattoo, and I'll most likely go to them again.