Sweet Baby Octane
1525 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
Simply put, these are good people that do amazing work. They take your vision and make it even better. I had an idea for a cover-up and D took it to a whole other level. Rev Dice was great to work with and worth every penny and then some. Don't waste your time elsewhere - get it done right at Sweet Baby Octane
D an Mike have done several tattoos for me.. but recently D done one very dear to me that has my fathers signature in it. I'm always amazed with Sweet Babys work..it is fanominal!! This piece filled my eyes with tears of joy! LOVE IT!! Staff is very personable and professional. . HIGHLY RECOMMEND SWEET BABY OCTANE!
Mike Gombeda created a custom piece of art for my arm! He took his time with the drawing, planning, using the stencil, and free-handed portions. He always asked permission to free-hand something in place of an original idea to see if it would work better. He was never pushy and never made me feel like his ideas were better than mine. He was especially patient with me when picking out the colors, particularly when I was being indecisive. I really appreciated and welcomed his suggestions during the whole process. Also, as a woman a big plus for me was that Mike never gave me that creepy guy vibe.
I never had a fear of infection or cross contamination because Mike is crazy about cleanliness. He washed his hands before we started each session and after breaks, he probably changed his gloves 10 times each session, too. Everything was wrapped in plastic i.e. trays, machines, chairs, electrical wires, etc. Plus, I had the opportunity to watch him open all the needles and tubes from their original packaging during every set up.
After completely healing, there are no lumpy scar tissue spots and my skin is smooth to the touch. The colors in my tattoo are vibrant and beautiful, I get compliments all the time!
Going to Mike Gombeda at Sweet Baby Octane was a great experience and I've already scheduled my next piece!
I went there this past week and got a cover up on my ribs. I must say its the best tattoo I have yet & AMAZING ART WORK. My tattoo artist was D Willy & he did the best work ever. I just gave him an idea of what I want and he went to work. It looks like its coming out of my skin & it has colors I wouldn't have thought to put in it. Most artists will do what you say to do & have no input but he put his own two cents in and made it outstanding. Everyone at the shop will work with you to make your experience great and your tattoo absolutely amazing. The shop is in a great location and its pretty cool too. Its very clean and they make sure it always is also. The tattoos aren't cheap but would you rather get a cheap and awful looking tattoo or a awesome tattoo people want to get too because it looks so good? I have and always will give Sweet Baby Octane an awesome review and will send people their way :)
My first tattoo, not a youngster a little aprehensive but all the positive reviews were right on. D WIlly what a great job, the detail mind blowing, folks at work amazed. I already got plans for my next. Won't go anywhere else.If you want some work done GO TO SWEET BABY OCTANE!
03/20/2012Provided by Citysearch -
My sister told me about this place, went there got 2 zodiac sign ""D"" was so awsome easy to talk to made you feel comfortable. I will definitely tell all my friends about Sweet Baby Octane... Going back to get my cover-up. Very Clean... Everybody in there are very nice. I now know best place in Cbus/Grandview.
02/29/2012Provided by Citysearch -
This place is awesome. Sweet fun atmosphere and very very clean. The guys are all professional and very friendly. I got large owl on my back last June from Rev Dice. I gave him a general idea of what I wanted but left the design and size up to him. I'm so glad that I did! His work is stellar! His design was leaps and bounds above anything I could have dreamt up on my own. My suggestion is to let him work his magic. That being said, he is committed to making the customer happy and genuinly concerned with making sure the design is what you want. When I came in for my appointment he had the design ready in 3 different sizes to find the best one that fit my body shape. He was also very understanding when I felt sick and had to take a break. (A bit embarrassing I must admit, but shows his character and professionalism). I will not go anywhere else for tattoos in the future. ...just be sure to book an appointment because these guys are in high demand.
07/24/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Great shop and great guys. You get what you pay for. I am extremely happy with the tattoo I received and will DEFINITELY go back. I recommend them to anyone who wants to receive a quality work and a great experience. My wife and I wanted to go together, since we were driving a couple of hours to get there, and they had no problem accommodating us. I can't believe anyone would come on here and bash these guys. It's ok, though, because I plan on making up the difference in what they would've made from that girl, plus a whole lot more. D, I will be scheduling very soon on resuming my Halloween sleeve.
07/15/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have a few tattoos, none from the same artist. I was eager to get my next piece, and decided to try out SBO this time. My artist was Mike. I met with Mike one Friday afternoon, and showed him what I was looking for. We scheduled an appointment for a later Friday afternoon to do the actual tattoo.
It took a while (a LONG while) to get Mike's interpretation of my idea to jive with what I truly wanted, but he was great about working with me, and redrawing, and redrawing, and REDRAWING the piece until I was satisfied with the result. Mike never showed discouragement or frustration when he showed me his latest modification, and I told him to rework the design again. He really was patient and gracious.
My actual tattoo is exactly what I wanted and expected. Mike's technique is unusually tolerable. I was not uncomfortable the entire time I was under the needle. His lines are flawless, the fill is without blemish, and the design itself is definitely *ME*.
Incidentally, in the middle of our session, Mike confessed to me that I wasn't actually scheduled for the tattoo that evening. My appointment was supposed to have been only for finalizing the artwork, with the intention of scheduling the real tattoo appointment for a later date. The mistake was completely *MINE*, not his. And even though I did not have an actual appointment for the tattoo that night, he saw how eager I was to get my ink, and he accommodated me despite the fact that I wasn't booked for that evening. That is some real professionalism.
Mike will be the first, and likely ONLY tattoo artist I visit regularly. I am already conjuring up my next piece, and I don't want to go anywhere else.
Sweet Baby Octane is far superior to other shops in Columbus. The shop itself is amazing! It is clean and the location rocks. The guys are professional, personable, experienced, and they are a fantastic group of artists. I came to the shop with an idea in my head, and D. was able to merge my ideas with his ideas to create some beautiful custom pieces. I will not go to another shop! I trust my skin only to SBO. I recommend you do the same!
I've been a devoted customer of D.Willy for nearly 15 years. Sweet Baby Octane is an absolutely amazing shop. Fantastic artists, terrific service and BAD-A$$ TATS!!!! Don't go anywhere else! The artists are happy to work with you to draw up the perfect design and they want to make sure you're happy with the results!
I drove quite a distance from where I live to get to the shop. The atmosphere was far friendlier than any tattoo shop I've ever been to, and the work was excellent. Tucked away in a nice part of town with good prices and great work, you just can't go wrong with Sweet Baby Octane. I'd recommend it to anyone.
This is my 3rd tattoo. I've read alot about d and Rev, but Mike G. is totally awesome. The prep he did, didn't compare with the other 2 places i went. The shop is super clean. I have so many compliments. Everyone asks where I had it done at. I'm working on my 4th, after my daughter graduates . Thanks Mike G. Excellent work.
I've had 3 of my 4 pieces done by Mike Gombeda. Fabulous original artwork. Incredible person. Simply beautiful tattoos. It was evident to me from the first time I met with Mike that he has a real passion for his art. I trust him completely with ALL of my ink adventures. The guys at Sweet Baby Octane are all about the art and soul, and for that reason I will never go anywhere else :) <3
Kristen - Worthington, OH
04/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
everything was great the art was better than what i saw in my head .... just wish i didn't have to wait so long to get an appointment (not a bad sign though - would rather have a good artist who is in demand than some crappy work done just cause you can do a walk in, right?)
D-Willy did a small memorial tattoo on my arm for my grandmother. I brought in a letter that she had written to me when I was about five with a heart that said Grandma plus Michelle with an arrow going through it. I had him tattoo this on me. I looks as if she drew it on my arm. It is one of my favorite tattoos. He did a great job. He is probably one of the nicest guys in the tattoo biz that you will ever meet. Thanks D-Willy :)
I no longer live in Ohio, but when any of my friends from back home ask me where to go to get a great tattoo, I always tell them to go to Sweet Baby Octane to see D-Willy and his staff.
D-Willy at Sweet Baby Octane is worth every needle stroke! I spent years in Columbus admiring his craft on my friends. When the day came to get my half-sleeve he was very professional and creative in adapting my 2D drawn idea into a tattoo on a 3D surface. ME! DWilly also did two touch-up sessions for free on my shoulder where MY skin had trouble accepting the ink, now it looks fantastic. I now live in Seattle, where ink seems to be a state requirement. I get compliments on my work all the time. Even during an ink discussion at Pikes Market Place with a random admirer, they knew of Sweet Baby Octane. We will be flying back to Ohio for any more work on my wife or myself because DWilly DELIVERS!