Looking for a decent tattoo artist, preferably female since all my other tattoos were done by female artists, but I'd be willing to look at male artists as well. I'm on STX, but after having met with Jerry across from Plaza Extra, it'll be a cold day in *ahem* a very warm place before Iget a tattoo from him--I found it suspect that he didn't have any photos displayed of his own work, just the flash on the walls, and I got a weird vibe from him that I didn't quite trust. I've also seen some of his work, and it's not the quality I would like for myself. I'm willing to go to another island to get it done if I need to, but I would like to hear recommendations from the people here as to who's good.
I wouldn't send my worst enemy to Jesse for Ink. His shop is dirty (compared to what a true Tattoo shop should look like, think "Microsoft clean room") I asked him about his autoclave (Heat/pressure cleaning system for his tools) and he gave me a blank look and replied "What?"
The pieces I've seen that he has done are a small step above prison ink. Raised, infected lines are his norm. He's a hack. STAY AWAY!
Remember, it will be on you for the rest of your life. Why rush it?
PS: Never trust a shop that has all flash art, but no portfolio of previous work.
Also, it's easy to "win" best of VI when you have no other competition listed...
I'm not sure when you last visited his shop, but it was immaculate -- far cleaner than any I've seen, which is quite a few. All his tools came out of pre-sealed packages, and he had walls full of photos of his work.
I guess my advice would be to visit him and make your own judgment.
jesse, has been the only option on STX for years, and by looking at locals tattoos, you can tell. It's sad, but Eli had to turn away a TON of business for his first few months here because everybody wanted him to fix Jesse's stuff. it didn't go over real well with Jesse, kinda like a gang members and graffiti. So Eli decided he wouldn't touch any of his stuff anymore, and still turns away jobs every day because of it.
Eli really does amazing work. He's done 3 big pieces on me, and he did a full sleeve on my buddy. he's a real artist, he thrives on custom work. jesse is a "heart with an arrow through it and MOM written under it" kinda tattooer. that being said, Eli is kinda tough to get a hold of, and is renowned for being late or not showing at all...and he's a little crazy, but damn, he knows how to lay ink. going to him is definitely an experience you will never forget, and you will be left with a tattoo that you can be proud to show off.
Mark, who is rated as one of the top ten in the COUNTRY, visits Compass Rose every coupla months...was just here, so he'll be back in about 2 mo...he books up quick...it may be worth your time and money to fly over to STT...he's THAT good! My Motorcycle Club uses only him and we kinda get preferred status with him...but I didn't book fast enough and he was booked the entire month he was here...no days off, from open to close...The man is TALENTED! Compass Rose on Facebook