Slinging ink ain't easy, and the guarantee of a stellar tat comes just as hard. But in a largely revolving-door profession, the artists at 10-year-old Tatu Tattoo pride themselves on long-term customer satisfaction, boasting, "We don’t care what the guy down the street charges. He knows what his work is worth."
That said, every tattoo starts at $50, which will get you something the size of a postage stamp. If you're looking for a piece that's a little harder to conceal, expect to pay about $100/hour. Though the price may seem more painful than the art itself, with clientele like Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Eddie Vedder and politician Jesse Jackson Jr., it's doing something right.
Name dropping aside, the shop caters to the entire spectrum of ink-toters, everyone from "yuppies to the blue-collar type of guy to even grandmothers for the very first time." Whether absolutely positive or extremely hesitant, whether toting your own drawing or taking one off its wall, the staff will slow down to hash out your vision: everything from cartoon ladybugs to full-body tribal work. Rest assured that every artist has been through an apprenticeship of some sort, so you won't be hearing any "uh-oh's" while under the needle, and sterilization is the guiding principal.
The same applies if you're looking to add some more holes to that body of yours, as Tatu Tattoo specializes in piercings as well, with a considerable amount of fancy jewelry to fill 'em. If for some reason you're dissatisfied with your art, it also tries to right any wrongs. Its fault or yours, Tatu Tattoo will work with clients well after their initial visit, which makes you feel like more than just a piece of skin.
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul