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Editorial Review by Mary Morley. North Portland tattoo shop's five experienced tattooists offer a variety of styles; several of the artists have art education backgrounds.
i had my second tattoo done a few years back, by jennifer at atlas (when they were still on broadway) and it looks just as fanastic today as it did day 1. she did a BEAUTIFUL job and was attentive and kind and very helpful with the art - even setting the text on the sort of antique typewriter i adored (unknowingly, but yay coincidence). i left the coloring entirely up to her and it is far more beautiful than i ever could have imagined it. now i wish i'd had it done in a more conspicuous place......
thank you, jennifer! when i think up something good for my 3rd, i'll be back!
Superb service, excellent art...and good conversation. I've been tattooed by some of the old-school big names, and have been with friends when they got tattoos in various places all over the country... from sketchy biker shops to top-notch houses of artistry. In my experience, Atlas is one of the best in the United States. Aside from first-class drawing and tatting skills (these guys are all artists in their spare time), the level of service is excellent. They did everything to make sure that I was getting EXACTLY what I wanted, where I wanted it, and took the time to explain to me the limitations of the medium and process, etc. When I was in the chair Jerry was funny and sweet, and the rest of the crew took the time to check in with me and do some friendly bantering. Three hours later I paid less than I would have in most other shops. My sister, who has been to other tattooists in Portland and who was with me at Atlas, says she won't ever get a tattoo anywhere else! Neither will I.
No tip. While I'll admit that they did a very good job on my tattoo, they were SO RUDE that I will NEVER go back there. Yes, it was my first tattoo, and yes, I was a little nervous under the gun - shouldn't a skilled professional tattoo artist be able to a handle that? I warned them that it was my first time and that I was a little nervous, but they were so incredibly rude to me, it was unbelievable. They were insensitive and insulting, said offensive things ABOUT me IN FRONT of me. It was surreal. I didn't know that civilized human beings acted like that. I have since gotten two more tattoos and plan on getting even more done, and I will never go back there. So what - you have a lot of tattoos, that makes you too cool for school? BS. Once a upon a time you were probably a nerdy dork who got picked on and decided to hide his insecurity and humiliation behind a pseudo-punk attitude, and you know what? No amount of tattoos is gonna change that. You ruined that entire experience for me when really, all you had to do was keep your mouth shut and the needle moving.
Jerry rocks. I went here after twelve years of searching for the perfect tattoo. Jerry really took care of me. He did an amazing job and it only took 45 minutes for a relatively large tattoo (4"x4"). Also he used my skin tone as part of the color pallett, totally brilliant. Every time it's visible I get compliments, and more importantly I'm thrilled with it. I can't recommend him enough - especially if you want a really colorful tattoo.
Amazing artistry. I took in to Dan a design I found in a flash magazine. Really liked the fact that many of the artists there have educational backgrounds in art and design. I explained the changes I wanted done to more fit my personality. Dan created a new look that I loved. I was having a cover up done and was very concerned that I get the right people to do it so I wouldn't end up with disastrouse results. It is incrediable and I get comments on it all the time.
Huh?. Just because you show up for an appointment doesn't mean that your tattoo artist will:(
My tat is awesome!. Just got my first tattoo from Jerry. It far exceeds what I expected. The art work is beautiflu! Very friendly atmosphere!
Atlas is the place for me!. I've been tattooed before, in S.F. and Chicago, and tiny little Atlas studio is the best place I've ever been. The folks who work there are super nice, the shop is clean, clean, clean, the work is top-notch, and the prices are right. Expect a 1-2 month wait for an appointment, 'cause all body-art lovers "in the know" go there! Dan and Lew are especially great for Japanese-inspired designs.
THE BEST. Coming upon almost 50 years old and just recently getting my 1st tattoo I can hight recommend this place. When I realized that reservations for a tattoo would need to be made and there was several people coming in an out making appts etc. I decided this was the place for me. Excellent and am going back in one month for my 2nd...
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