Where to begin? I contacted Vince about a memorial piece back in January – less than a month after my Grandmother passed away when emotions were still high and raw. We communicated through his website working out initial design ideas. I never had to wait more than 12 hours for a response from him or someone on his team. We finally were able to coordinate our schedules for early September. Upon walking into the shop for the first time I was immediately impressed by how clean it was. I have seriously NEVER walked into a cleaner tattoo shop than this one. It sparkles. There wasn’t a streak of dirt to be found, no cobwebs, no nastiness on the baseboards. .Everyone was incredibly friendly which was also unusual for a shop like this. Many other shops can feel intimidating to walk into – not Mystic Owl. I was greeted warmly by Tara and the other artists as well. They immediately made me feel comfortable and what little nerves I was feeling dissolved away into nothing but excitement.Vince came out and showed me his sketch and I was blown away. It was bigger than I was planning on getting, but after looking at the sketch itself I realized that through our conversations Vince had really understood the concept of what I was going for with this piece – how much it means to me as a memorial piece and he had gone above and beyond what I was expecting. I was stoked and ready to go.I knew going in that this was going to be my biggest piece thus far. I guess it can be considered almost a half sleeve since it extends from my back and behind my arm, over the cap of my shoulder and down almost to my elbow. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to sit long enough but Vince was incredibly gentle, made sure that I was comfortable and didn’t work in one spot for so long that it became unbearable.I’m thrilled to death with this piece, with the way I was treated at Mystic Owl and the entire experience. I can’t wait to go back to get started on color!
The Mystic Owl is easily the best tattoo shop in Marietta. The interior is bright, clean and inviting. My first experience was truly ideal. From the helpful staff who quickly and politely greeted me to the artist who worked with me, I felt truly welcomed. The artist, Thomas Sands was polite and listened to my idea. Not only did he redraw what I brought in better than I ever could have, he allowed me to replace the stencil multiple times without complaint. The atmosphere and chairs were so comfortable that I hardly even noticed the work being done. I know that all the artists there are amazing, but my experience with Thomas was what I consider the modern tattoo experience to be all about. He truly cared and made sure I received exactly what I wanted. The one thing Thomas was a little pushy on was the Redemption aftercare product and man am I glad he was! I got the large for only ten dollars since I got a fairly large tattoo, but will probably only end up using a third like they said. My recovery has never been this pain free. Aquaphor and other petroleum based products don't even come close. The entire crew at The Mystic Owl know what they are doing. Professional, friendly, clean, talented individuals who truly care.