I was in Birmingham for a weekend and decided to get my nose pierced. I went there because it was the closest to the place we were staying. I loved it. The guy at the front desk wasn't the nicest, but Aaron, the man who pierced my nose was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. He was patient with me, he explained everything perfectly and was so kind and extremely clean(changed his gloves 3 or 4 times, everything was sterile) and organized. When it was time to go, he explained everything and offered to change it out whenever it healed. I live 2 and a half hours away and would go back to get all of my future ear piercings from him. Me and my friends couldn't stop talking about how awesome he was when we left.
First of all, let me suggest Classic13 Tattoo shop. They used to work at Cloud9 until even THEY got tired of their pretentious attitudes! They are VERY PROFESSIONAL AND FRIENDLY at CLASSIC13. Anyways, they are overpriced (they charged my roommate $90 for a small word on her chest). They are cocky, lazy, and disrespectful. I went in there to buy some tea for back pain, my husband and his friend were also present. When I decided to look at the pipes, my husband and his friend decided to go sit in the car. When I decided to purchase the pipe, the guy at the counter laughed and said, "where did those freaking little kids go? I'm not selling this to you without their ID!" Not only was I shocked that he referred to my husband as a little kid, but I was surprised this guy at the counter had the audacity to speak! He only looked 16, himself! They need to be put out of business, sorry...Classic13 tattoos! Look it up!!
I recently passed by the store with ideas and pictures, ready to speak with an artist about my potential tattoo. Upon entering Cloud Nine, the staff seemed upset that their personal conversation would have to wait. Nevertheless, I made my way to the back, where the tattoo section of the shop is. There, I waited, but never spoke to an artist before leaving. I did see a gentleman, who appeared to be a tattooist, but he didn't acknowledge my presence. Instead he went into the back, and did not emerge again. However, the first gentleman I saw, when I walked in the front door, asked me if I had pictures of what I had in mind. I told him that I did, but that I wanted to show them to the artist, so that we could discuss ideas. (I wanted a custom piece like most people... they were going to quote me simply by looking at reference material.) The artist refused to meet with me, which is okay, because I dropped in without notice. However, what really ticked me off was that Cloud Nine refused to set up a general meeting so that I could come in the next day to speak with an artist. Instead, I was told that I would need to put down a deposit if I wanted to schedule a short meeting to discuss my potential tattoo. ---- The customer service at Wicked Ways Tattoo, right next door is 1000X better! -----Anyways, business must be booming at C9 b/c they are not eager to acknowledge nor entertain potential new clients.
Customer service is horrible. I recently purchased some smoking accessories (dab bowl and glass nail) and the employee seemed to be in a hurry to get away from helping me even though there were no other customers in the store. The best part is the pieces she sold me did not fit together after I was assured they would. When I contacted the store the same day they informed me of their no return policy on smoking accessories which would be completely understandable if their employee did not assure me it would work after i asked profusely. This makes it very hard for me to support local businesses.
They are complete jerks, I was going in there one night to check into the pricing of a tattoo then going next door to enjoy my night out at a friends bar. All of the business in the shopping center share a parking lot & there are not assigned parking places for any of the business. After I left this place & was walking next door they yelled out the door for me to move my G-Damn car or it was going to be towed since I was not their customer. I told them that I was not parked directly in front of their store & that it is open parking. They said they did not want the bar customers parking near the store because their real customers could not come in. FIRST I was the only person that had walked in that place in the hour I was in there SECOND You ruined your chances of getting some good business.
My wife and I ended up getting some custom work done by Aaron Hamilton @ Aerochild on the Southside in Birmingham. Some shops and artists are snobby and generally unfriendly, you should not have that problem here. Aaron is genuinely the nicest guy on the planet, his prices are great and he does good work. Most importantly to me, Aaron will talk to you about your ideas and give you feedback, letting you know why something won't work and offering alternate versions. He can show you a stencil (like a washable tattoo) of the design on your own skin so you can decide on final design and placement before the permanent ink goes on.Remember, every artist has their own unique style. ALWAYS research, look at the artist's portfolio to make sure the particular artist you want to use can do the type of design work you want and in the way you want it done. YOU are the paying customer who will have to live with the design in permanent ink on your own body. Research first. My wife and I are both very happy with the work Aaron did for us both. He was willing to talk to us about our ideas before we had the work done. We would definitely use Aaron again.The shop is very easy to find, it's clean, not too cluttered like some tend to be, and Aaron showed interest in what we wanted done and obviously cared about doing a good job --- and he did do a great job on our 3 custom designs, and charged us a very fair price for the work. I highly recommend him for anyone looking for tattoo work, whether its your 1st or 50th piece.
My wife & I went to C9 while shopping around for new tattoos. I like talking to the artist about my art ideas to get his/her feedback before finalizing - I don't rush skin art. Sometimes the artist will suggest really helpful things about the design I have in mind that let me change & refine it to work better than it would have otherwise. You never want to look at your tattoos & think "this could have been better". It's best to take more time researching your ideas & talking to people on the front end so you can be confident about your design & the work you want done.We went to several places to get ideas & prices for our new pieces, bc diff artists have diff styles & pricing structures. I had never been to Cloud Nine before, & I will may never ever go back unless I have work that needs Marcos' specific style.To start with when we got there the guy at the counter was very rude & unhelpful. He said he was not an artist, but acted like he knew everything there was to know about tattoos. He was arrogant, unfriendly & had a horrible attitude for someone who's job is to talk to potential customers.. Honestly not even sure why they have him working the tattoo counter. He told us we could not get the designs we had in mind & proceeded to tell us why. I interrupted him to ask to speak to an actual artist & he told me he would have to speak to the artist for me....I then waited for him to go back to the mysterious back area. I don't know if the artist was just busy, taking a break or just did not want to talk to customers. Who knows. When the front counter guy came back he told me yes they could do the designs & then quoted me a price that was 3x (3 times!!) the price of 2 other local shops. Tattoo work is something that requires a lot of skill. Artists have a right to charge whatever they want for the work they do. I also have the right not to pay too much for anything I buy. The free market works, competition & competitive pricing is a good thing. These prices were crazy high.The designs we had in mind were not overly complicated things. I had a custom cross idea (with images already composited) & my wife wanted a simple logo & a custom name anklet - All of them fairly simple things. These guys just didn't want the work, so they were being obnoxious & jacking up the price. I asked if there were another artist we could talk to & was told yes, but he was at lunch. So I waited for him to come back. This guy, Marco was in fact super nice, friendly & accommodating, but his prices still ended being double every other shop in town. So we left.We ended up getting the work done by Aaron @ Aerochild 2 blocks down from Cloud Nine. Aaron is the nicest guy on the planet, his prices are great & he does good work. Most importantly to me, Aaron will always talk to you about your ideas & give you feedback, letting you know why something won't work & offering alternate versions. He will show you stencils (like a washable tattoo) of the work on your own skin so you can decide on final design & placement.I'm not saying to avoid C9. Marcos is a nice guy & a VERY talented artist. But I would shop around before committing to get work done there. Or at least be prepared to pay their rates.
This is a fun, friendly place to visit and shop, with lots of really good art work.
One of the best tattoos I recieved was from them but my last tattoo was hands down the "worst" tattoo I have ever recieved. Also when I expressed my issue ( I went there 3 times) they assured me they would work something up to fix it. That has been months ago and I have not heard from them. It's your call but to me business is business and they are lacking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had my navel pierced here, and I couldn't be happier. The owner, Darin Cooper, was the one who pierced me. When we walked in, we were instantly greeted and he got right to helping me pick out jewelry and doing the paper work. We went back to the piercing room, and he sterilized and marked my belly and then I laid in the chair. He didn't use clamps on me, he just used a piercing tube, but I liked it that way. He told me to take deep breaths, and then he pierced me! He put the jewelry in it, and all I could say was, 'that was it?" It was quick, and relatively painless. The piercing didn't bleed until later, and it was my fault that it bled, and it's been healing quickly and nicely. I received in depth after care instructions, as well as a sheet to take home reminding me of what to do. I'm very pleased with the care I received, as well as my piercing. I would recommend this place to anyone!