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.
Dennis does an excellent job, if you go to this business request him. However, the owner did my last tat and it is a disaster. The lines are shakey, the whole thing is crooked, the color doesn't come all the way to the edges, he is VERY heavy handed and drilled way too deep in most areas, and in other areas he barely left a mark. Within an hour when I took the paper towel bandage off, my skin was bright red and burning. I left the place with an infection- there is no way I did that to myself. I went to another artist to see about getting it fixed and he just laughed at me. What REALLY burns me is Ray had to have known this wasn't his best work and should have made it right. There is no way I could put a tat like that on someone and still charge them for it. I would feel terrible that they are stuck with a tat that looks like this one does. And it seems a bit shady that as soon as he was finished he covered it up without even letting me look at it. He knew he did a terrible job. I will NEVER recommend this place.
I love Roses & Ruins! Every time someone asks me where I get my tattoos done, or if I can recommend a tattoo shop, I always say Roses & Ruins. Each and every artist is beyond amazing. They are by far the most helpful and friendly artists, in my opinion. I've never been more pleased with the outcome of any tattoo, than I am when I come out of there. They are also really affordable with their prices and try to work with you so you can get the exact tattoo you want, without breaking the bank. I've had the pleasure of having both Brandon and Betsy tattoo me and they are both phenomenal artists! I've never been unhappy with any detail in any of my seven tattoos that they have both done. I will continue to recommend this shop to any needing new ink. :)