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Old March 15th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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Best Tattoo Artist

I'm looking to get my first tattoo. I have a design already done (getting a piston tribute to my brother who passed away), now I'm looking for the best place to get it done.

I figured there are a lot of people here who have tattoos, or know of people with tattoos. So hopefully you guys can recommend a great place to get one done.

I want the best person I can find to do the tattoo, I don't want to go to some random shop with a guy who bought a gun on ebay, and is tattooing because he's bored.

I am willing to travel - basically anywhere in Michigan, northern Indiana or Ohio, or Chicago area. Or even into Canada if it's not incredibly far away.
I also have family in Virgina, I'd even go there if someone knows of a good artist there.

I am also okay with waiting, if i have to wait a while to get an opening I'm okay with that.


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Old March 15th, 2013, 08:55 PM   #2
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Ray at American Graffiti in Brighton has done all my work as well as a few friends. He's an amazing artist, highly recommend him you won't regret it.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:32 PM   #3
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these guys have been around for many years.

http://area51tattoo.com/home.html
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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:36 PM   #4
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Sky images does nice work! Expensive though.. Cheif or ray at awol are good an decent price! http://m.facebook.com/findfriends/se...ser=1547431708

Chris does good work to check him out. http://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/Christ...ser=1547431708

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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:44 PM   #5
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Brian at Stained Glass in Wadhams. Not your typical shop. No books to pic from, all work is one off custom, everything!
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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #6
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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:51 PM   #7
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There's this girl in Leamington/Ontario. She used to work in a strip club near Mio, but she has recently rented her own apartment and is going to run a tattoo business from the apartment while her ex-boyfriend pays her rent as backpay for 8 years of sex without a wedding ring.

She sounds good and cheap. Not sure she's trustworthy though.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #8
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Old March 15th, 2013, 10:02 PM   #9
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Jason at Intricate Decor in Mt Pleasant does really good work.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 10:04 PM   #10
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There's this girl in Leamington/Ontario. She used to work in a strip club near Mio, but she has recently rented her own apartment and is going to run a tattoo business from the apartment while her ex-boyfriend pays her rent as backpay for 8 years of sex without a wedding ring.

She sounds good and cheap. Not sure she's trustworthy though.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 11:01 PM   #11
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There's this girl in Leamington/Ontario. She used to work in a strip club near Mio, but she has recently rented her own apartment and is going to run a tattoo business from the apartment while her ex-boyfriend pays her rent as backpay for 8 years of sex without a wedding ring.

She sounds good and cheap. Not sure she's trustworthy though.
Yup, use her, everyone else does!
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Old March 15th, 2013, 11:04 PM   #12
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Yup, use her, everyone else does!
I did last month and it barely even itched when it was healing!
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Old March 16th, 2013, 08:34 AM   #13
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There's this girl in Leamington/Ontario. She used to work in a strip club near Mio, but she has recently rented her own apartment and is going to run a tattoo business from the apartment while her ex-boyfriend pays her rent as backpay for 8 years of sex without a wedding ring.

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Old March 16th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #14
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go to josh at tna tattoo in burton. i was there last night does awesome work at reasonable prices
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Old March 16th, 2013, 08:50 AM   #15
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If you can track down Donny Cox he is an understudy of Paul Booth. Donny is the best I have ever seen(outside of paul )He is actually lil Wayne personal artist now. If you can get to NYC and get a appointment with Paul that would be the way to go. I have many by Donny myself and some from another local guy named Bill Canavan. Bill is good but nowhere near as good as Donny. I'll make a couple calls and see if I can get you a number for him. Or just google Paul Booth and be done.
here's a link to Paul Booth.
http://www.darkimages.com/

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Old September 20th, 2013, 08:22 PM   #16
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Old September 20th, 2013, 08:41 PM   #17
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I just had my 1st tattoo finished yesterday. It was 2-8 hour settings and 2 hours yesterday.

I was off from work a couples months back after have surgery and went to almost every shop with in 50 miles of Grand Rapids. That being said I found a lot of great artists. I Finley went with Justin Fisher at Screaming Needle in Allendale. He had the best portfolio and was full of the style of art that I wanted.

You best bet will be to take all the places that everyone has given you and do some research and find an artist that does most of there work in the style you are looking for. Everyone has there own option on who is the best but you might not care for there work and or the artist themselves.

All that being said I will be going back to Justin to get more work done and would recommend you check screaming needle out. There are 12ish artists between the 3 shops.

http://screamingneedletattoo.com/

Also don't go in to a shop and price shop go in to the shops and shop for the art. It is a meaningful piece and you want it done right. If its exactly what you want it will be worth paying for.
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Old September 20th, 2013, 09:26 PM   #18
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The guy that did 2 of mine is in Jackson, look him up- he goes by 315749
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Old September 20th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #19
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I just had my 1st tattoo finished yesterday. It was 2-8 hour settings and 2 hours yesterday.

I was off from work a couples months back after have surgery and went to almost every shop with in 50 miles of Grand Rapids. That being said I found a lot of great artists. I Finley went with Justin Fisher at Screaming Needle in Allendale. He had the best portfolio and was full of the style of art that I wanted.

You best bet will be to take all the places that everyone has given you and do some research and find an artist that does most of there work in the style you are looking for. Everyone has there own option on who is the best but you might not care for there work and or the artist themselves.

All that being said I will be going back to Justin to get more work done and would recommend you check screaming needle out. There are 12ish artists between the 3 shops.

http://screamingneedletattoo.com/

Also don't go in to a shop and price shop go in to the shops and shop for the art. It is a meaningful piece and you want it done right. If its exactly what you want it will be worth paying for.
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Old September 20th, 2013, 09:51 PM   #20
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go to josh at tna tattoo in burton. i was there last night does awesome work at reasonable prices
He was asking people with tattoos....smh...
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