1111 N Main St, Summerville, SC 29483
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If you are considering getting a tattoo at this establishment, there are a few things you should know. One, if you make an appointment, count on the tattoo artist not being ready when you arrive, not even close. Two, if you want to get an estimate of how much a piece will be or how long it will take to do before you go in to get this permanently inked on your body during multiple sessions, don't count on an accurate number the first time. Or second time. Or third time. Three, don't expect any privacy here, or respect, because you're the customer/"canvas" and not the artist, so you're going to have other artists, customers, and associates of the artist constantly walking in and out of the room, disturbing the artist and dragging out the entire process, so you pay for more time than what you're actually getting (this is a charge by the hour place). Four, if you do make an appointment, don't expect to keep it. While the artist is booking his own work, the shop is also assigning work to the artist, leading to scheduling conflicts--so basically what I'm saying is that this place is disorganzied and unprofessional. Five, if you're 2 of 4 sessions down on a tattoo, don't expect that this gives the artist any reason to want to answer your calls or respond to your messages at all, because you're not a customer--no, at this establishment, you're merely the canvas who signed up to be permanently painted by a person who doesn't even care if you're happy with what's on your body because he's the artist, and it doesn't matter how much much you've spent.
Prior to writing this review, I thought Artistic Ink was a decent shop. The employees' unprofessionalism is what deserves a two star rating.
I worked with artist, Nick Bishop, to sketch and place the first tattoo in a half-sleeve. He did clean and meticulous work, but over-promised and under-delivered the progress he could make in a six hour sitting. At first this wasn't a concern, because overall the work was good.
I called several times as a follow-up once my tattoo healed. I asked the receptionist (MaryAnn) to tell Nick to give me a call to discuss how long it would take to wrap up the piece. I received zero call backs from Nick and no updates from MaryAnn. Still, this wasn't a huge deal.
Finally, I had a second appointment scheduled... or at least I thought I did. I arrived 20 minutes early and Nick wasn't there. No one in the shop knew what was going on, so I left. While in the car I received a call from...dun dun dunnnn...MaryAnn. She had the nerve to inform me I misunderstood the appointment she organized. What? Excuse me. No. You're just an idiot.
I guess they didn't care about the $600+ cash (no credit/debit accepted) I was planning to spend during my second appointment to finish up one tattoo. They also didn't seem to remember I was planning a half sleeve.
Unless you're planning to get work done in one sitting, don't risk the annoyance due to unprofessionalism. Find a shop who doesn't hire idiots, is consistent in their service and cares about your overall experience.
I'm taking my business elsewhere.
I was a tattoo virgin until today... I had researched best tattoo artist in Summerville and viewed Tim's portfolio and reviews and KNEW he was the artist I wanted for the one signature tattoo I envisioned. I wanted a blue morpho butterfly to symbolize metamorphosis, of my life after the death of my husband... And the rekindling of my faith. The beauty of the artwork was way beyond my wildest hopes..... This very mature lady will treasure the experience and making a new friend. God Bless.
I got my tattoo done by Tim Brown back in December while I was home for Christmas. After returning to my base a bunch of my friends asked me where I got my tattoo done at, for they wanted to same guy to do theirs. Tim's nice clean lines and attention to detail in his work speaks for themselves. I actually got a touch up done today and Tim still remembers me (even after only meeting me once months ago). He's very enthusiastic about his work which makes me want to keep coming back for more. He's very well mannered and has a good taste in humor that puts some of my military friends to shame.
Tim is something similar to a Tattoo God…He has this very unique ability to capture and represent a deeper meaning with his art. I can walk in, or text , and spit a few words from my head n heart and before u know it he has got me in his chair, throwing ink up out his hands and onto my body. Before I know it I’m walking out the door with the most gorgeous work I have ever seen an artist create. I have watched him do this time and again, and am never anything but completely in awe. I have never seen anyone pull an idea out of someone’s head, put it on their body, and it turn out better than they could have ever imagined. He actually cares how things are going to look long term…If he thinks it’s it won’t come out right, or in a couple years will look something out a cracker jack box, he’ll let you know, he’s very honest and truthful … I really value that in an artist. He’s not out just to make a buck, but is very passionate about his art. Tim has an old soul with the heart of a child and ink work like I’ve never seen before. It’s safe to say, he will continue to have my body as his canvas <3
I HAVE JUST GOT MY THIRD TATTOO FROM ARTISTIC INK AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE SHOP AND THE ARTISTS. IT IS A VERY COMFORTABLE AND PROFESSIONAL ATMOSPHERE. TIMM BROWN IS MY ARTIST AND HE IS AMAZING. BEST SHOP IVE BEEN TO IN CHARLESTON.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jim we spoke when you were in here is there any way you can write me back when you see this? Timmbrowntattoo@gmail.com