This is a true "blow by blow" review! Long but worth your time reading!!!As a suit & tie wearing professional that waited until age 47 to find something meaningful enough to use as the subject matter for my first tattoo I wanted the entire experience to be GREAT! I wanted to feel comfortable, relaxed & at "home" during the experience not tense and out of place like I felt at the other shops I visited. I asked clients & friends with ink who they suggested. I visited those shops & they were just as I expected, loud music & the typical uninterested tattoo artists. I was not expecting the rude brush off I got at those shops I went to because I was not looking to do some crazy expensive sleeve or giant back piece. Never blow off anyone. You never know when that $200 tattoo can turn into a $1,000 back piece!Then I did what I should have done in the first place....research! With in a few minutes of going on the internet and reading reviews on many different websites the names Shavon & Purple Lotus kept coming up with five star & very complementary reviews. At this point I spoke with my wife, who is getting a very detailed back piece, about Shavon & she immediately said "Oh, that's exactly who I am going to have do my tattoo, she has so many people that love her & her work. I have been researching for months".I called The Purple Lotus, set up a consultation & went down to her studio. I walked in & immediately knew this was the environment I had been looking for! The entire first room is filled to the brim with Japanese art, carvings and artwork. After meeting with Shavon for a few minutes I knew she was the artist for me! Shavon is as genuine a person as you will find. No pretense, no BS, no attitude......and mostly a friend. After my consultation & setting an appointment for the next day (She was booked until November) She said "give me some love" & came around the table and gave me a genuine hug. My personal opinion is Shavon is a TRUE artist and books by feeling not by dollars.The next day I came in early for my appointment & Shavon was doing VERY intricate wrist tattoos for a client and i was told it would be a long while. During the time that I was hanging out, I met a very cool "cast" of friends that help her out at her studio. They were all very friendly & inviting! Again making her studio feel much more like "home" than a tattoo studio. From time to time Shavon would call out to me, or come out & tell me to come in & see the work she was doing. As it came to be my time for a tattoo she was very gentle, she was very calming, looked me square in the eye during every conversation (trust), answered every question I had (even the dumb, first timer questions) and was just very soothing. She told me EXACTLY what to expect before she started from the sound of the tattoo machine to the different needle sizes and the pain they cause.Because it was my first tattoo she went VERY easy at the beginning to give minimal pain and time for my endorphins to kick in.During the hour and half or so that I was on Shavons table a steady stream of her previous and prospective clients and friends came in and out of the room and Shavon spoke to them all during the whole tattoo process. When she was done with my tattoo and temp bandage she turned around and said to me "your part of the family now". And of course, as I was about to leave she said "where is my love", walked over and gave me another genuine hug.I have to say the experience at Purple Lotus with Shavon and her family FAR EXCEEDED my expectations of the entire process!!! I WILL be back for more ink and with my wife for her back piece just to hang out with the Purple Lotus family!
My best friend and I decided in October that we wanted our very first tattoo to celebrate a milestone birthday next year. My friend is local to Columbia; I live in NC. We made an appointment for a consultation with Shavon in November. Shavon went over the details with us, we told her what we wanted, and we set our first appointment for Thanksgiving weekend. Shavon sent us artwork in advance, and we both made slight modifications to our art prior to our first sitting.On the first sitting in November, Shavon inked the outline for our art. We then made an appointment to come back in December to complete the work.I just returned yesterday with my completed artwork, and it is quite lovely! I am so happy with Shavon's work! I collect fairies, so, of course, I wanted my own unique fairy on my back. The detail work in my ink is beautiful, and Shavon was very good at capturing the vision I initially described to her. I had a certain color scheme in mind, and she honored my wishes.I am one of Shavon's "mature" customers, and was very anxious about the whole process. I asked a lot of questions about sterile technique, aftercare, etc., and she knew her stuff. Her shop is nothing like what I envisioned a tattoo parlor is supposed to look like. I walked in and felt very comfortable from the get go.I encourage everyone considering a tattoo to do your research. I certainly did, and I am walking away as a satisfied customer, and I know I made the right choice.I guess the best compliment I can pay Shavon is that my friend and I have decided we want to come back for another, which I hope to complete next summer. I think she's a very talented artist, and for me, it was a very positive experience.
My babe and I were having a get-a-away for the weekend. Before we even left, I had it in my head that I was getting ink- the search started- Tattoo studios around the Columbia SC area- I had to have looked at hundreds of tattoos from different area artists. As SOON as I saw Shavon's work- I was thoroughly impressed!! I've seen different tattoo studios over the years of getting my ink...thoroughly impressed by the shop--there are NO god-awful tattoo books, from you to pick and stick. You can tell each piece is individual and personal to the persons specifications- Amanda~you are AMAZING!!! Thank you so very much for being an amazing receptionist! Nelson~it was a pleasure meeting you *I even think Steven thoroughly enjoyed the conversation (and that's huge!) Shavon- you are truly an amazing artist and person, thank you for allowing time in your BUSY schedule to see us and thank you for making my special to me tattoo even more of a personable piece than I ever imagined possible!!We will DEFINITLEY be seeing you again!!~*A very greatful fan of Shavon's from Georgia*~
Shavon is a very talented lady and I am nothing but satisfied with my experience at the Purple Lotus Tattoo studio. She worked with me from the beginning to make sure that my tattoo design was drawn to my satisfaction before she inked it onto my skin. She has a wonderful personality, loves to laugh and smile, and has many interesting stories to tell about her travels around the world. Her studio is decorated with many beautiful paintings, sculptures, candles, and other curios. Once you enter the doorway, you feel right at home. She keeps it very clean and the room where she has her tattoo equipment is very tidy and well-lit.She is very skilled with the needle and her eye for shading and color is unmatched. I am delighted with my tattoo and can't wait to show it to everyone! The first aid afterwards was very well done and I was well-informed about aftercare procedures to do when I got home. She made SURE I knew how to care for my tattoo before I left and wouldn't let me out the door without a hug!
Amazing! After taking over 2 years to decide what I wanted to cover up an existing tattoo, I went to Shavon's and showed/told her what I was thinking. She so very kindly scheduled me for work on her day off which I really appreciate. We decided on colors together and she gave me her artistic opinions as to what would look the best. Once she got to work, there was great music to be heard, relaxing conversation and an overall sense of feeling at home. Since the new piece is a cover-up, she told me in advance I would probably have to come back for more coloring because the colors of the new tattoo are lighter in shade. I think the best part, besides her talent, was the hug she gave me before I left!! She said you become part of the family once you get work done there and I truly felt that. I look forward to getting more work done in the not so distant future. Thank you very much, Shavon!
My wife and i each have 5 tattos so far. 2 of mine and 3 of her's were done by shavon. we both agree that she is the best out of the artists we have gone to. she does custom tattoos. she draws up what you want and works until the details are perfect. then, once you are done, she sends you home with the drawing. nobody else will have that tattoo. she works faster than the other artists i have gone to, yet does not slack in quality. in fact, she excels in quality of her work. she is also the least painful artist i have gone to. she is a very funny person, but you may need to have some thick skin if she takes a liking to you. her humor paired with her work makes getting a tattoo from her the best experience it could be. she will probably be the last artist i will go to. if i move, i'll have to come back here any time i want work done.
I new before I put something permenant on my body I wanted to do my research and find someone who would do a great job and ran a clean shop. I found exactley that in Shavon at the Purple Lotus. The work I had seen by her was some of the best I had ever laid eyes on and most of them were on good friends of mine. I trusted Shavon, she is great and will do you right. She makes amazing custom tattoos and is truly talented. She works very quick but also very precise. I think what i am most impressed with is also her devotion to her work. She wants every piece she does to be perfect and every customer to love there tattoo. The purple lotus is so much more personal then any other tattoo shop you could go to. No matter where I go in the future any tattoo work i have down the road will be done by Shavon at the Purple Lotus.
My father and I both recently got tattoos from Shavon, and we both love them! Aside from the long wait time on the day of our appointment and not getting the designs e-mailed to us in advance, there is nothing negative to say about Purple Lotus. And, in all fairness, I wasn't certain what I wanted, so she couldn't have gotten mine to me earlier. She drafted not one, but THREE awesome designs for my dad to choose from, and is an incredible artist! The shading that she did on my tattoo is unbelievable! I highly recommend Shavon. She is an amazing artist, and is honest and down to earth. She did my tattoo very quickly, and it hurt much less than I anticipated. The environment is relaxing and very comfortable, and it was a great experience! I highly recommend the Purple Lotus to anyone considering getting a tattoo!
I would have to say that if I could rate the Purple Lotus higher than 5 stars, I would have to give them a 10. Shavon is one of the most wonderful people that I have ever meet. The attention to detail is by far amazing, because this Japanese Dragon tattoo I got has some of the most vibrant color that I have ever seen on any work of art on skin. As Shavon say's, "You will have this work of art for the rest of your life, and it is the only thing that you can take to the grave." Those are very true words spoken from someone great. Since my original review, I have gotten more work done and the quality hasn't waivered one bit. I love Shavon and her work of art that she always comes to the table with. If you make the right choice and decide to get an absolute work of art, then tell Shavon that Mike Chaney sent you.
What a FANTASTIC Tattoo experience! I've been to several shops and this was the most fun I think I've ever had. From the phone call saying I could be worked in all the way up to the hug good-bye for me and my family there as well when it was over. My Tattoo was just the word BELIEVE across my back and Shavon did a fantastic job, helping me pick out a font, drawing it up for me, and then sizing it up. Being new in town, I just wanted to get something done and this was where I was recommended by a few folks, my oh my how right they were!!!!!!I will definitely go back to Shavon's Purple Lotus Body Art for any work that I need done! I would recommend anyone else to go there as well! Fantastic job and I can't wait for my next piece!