Tattoos >Tantrum Tattoos
235 Bartow Aly, Petersburg, VA | Directions 2380337.227928 -77.401928
Unusual for me.................. – I can honestly say this is the first time I've ever written a review about anything or anybody! But I had such a good experience at Tantrum that I decided to jump in here. First, this is by far the cleanest tattoo shop I have ever been in-by far!! That was important to me-even the bathroom was clean! I went with my date as it was recommended to me by my doctor's nurse-just this past week. It's a little difficult to find, but Map Quest it and there's no problem. It's tucked down an alley, but there is a sign and arrow that points you in the right direction. It's a bright yellow building so you can definitely see that once you've turned of the road. I went just to look around, show them my idea, and talk to George Archer as he was recommended to me. Turns out they accept walkins on Saturdays and it seems we were like good to go. I showed George my design, he had a few ideas of his own, and we agreed on a price-about 1 1/2 hours-2 hours later I walked out with the best tattoo I've gotten yet! He is quite some artist and with 17 years in the tattoo business -he knows what he's doing!! My date decided that she might as well join me and had a design in mind as well. She talked to Greg, he drew it up, and off they went to the room beside me. Both of these guys did a great job!!!!! We are both very pleased and I don't see myself going anywhere else in this area for my next tattoo. I never thought I'd be getting inked at 51 years old, but I definitely will be paying George a visit at Tantrum real soon!! Thanks for listening!
gotta say this – I just have to write this review. I don't usually write reviews on things unless I'm extremely satisfied. I went to Tantrum for my 3rd tattoo because I had heard such good things about the shop and I had seen what great work they do. I went in with a picture my son had drawn for me. I had no idea that they would be able to do the tat that day and I didn't know who to choose to do it. They hooked me up with Mike. He was such a nice guy and took time with me to find out exactly how I wanted the the tat to look. It was amazing!! It turned out EXACTLY the way I pictured it. I absolutely love it!! I will never go anywhere else for my tattoos. And Mike has become "my tattooist".
Pros: Clean, friendly atmosphere
Cons: Had a hard time finding the building
*Ahem* – The point of custom work is that it is drawn FOR YOU, after you tell the artists what you want. If they put custom work out there on the racks with the flash and just anyone could get it, it wouldn't be very custom, would it?
If you want to see previous examples of custom work, each of the artists has a portfolio. Just ask a desk girl if you can see it - if it gets left out on the counter someone will steal it and try to pass the work off as their own.
The shop minimum is $40, and the prices go up from there depending on placement, size, detail, coloring, etc. They usually give you an estimate before the tattoo is drawn, then a final quote when it's actually been drawn, and that is the price you pay.
Best Piercings – After going several places to get my septum pierced, no body felt comfortable doing it nor could do it. I even had one guy try to pierce it and instead pierced the wrong spot and it hurt so bad.
Finally I found this place and spoke with one of the piercers, Jessica.
She took the time to find the right place to pierce in my nose, and it was virtually painless.
Also, everytime I come in with one of my friends, we are ALWAYS greeted in a friendly manner. The staff is very professional and they want your business.
I HIGHLY recommend them, hands down.
Tantrum Tattoos – Tantrum Tattoo is absolutely the best around. My husband and I have had all of our tattoos done by the owner and would not let anyone else do ours. We tell anyone interested in getting a tattoo to go there. The shop is spotless and the staff very professional. The staff is very talented and the artwork turned out by the shop is awsome. I had pictures of my dogs and wanted to get a tattoo of them on my back. I went back and got the tattoo and it looks exactly like my dogs, colors and all. Will continue to recommend Tantrum to everyone I meet. Keep up the great work.
Creme de la creme of tattoo artistry – Absolutely the BEST around. My husband and I wanted a tattoo for our 8th wedding anniversary (we made it past the 7 year itch)...and we had custom designed a tattoo -his was a larger polynesian tribal design with a sun-waves-turtle and tikki God and mine was just the identical center turtle. We did our "shopping around" beforehand..as this was my husband's first tattoo and he wasn't comfortable at the first 2 CH city shops...so we crossed the bridge to Tantrum. BEST decision we could have made. Talked to Mike...set up an appt. and as of this evening- have the tattoos of our dreams. Absolutely perfect and flawless. The shop has a great "feel-good" funky and eclectic vibe...fun colors, wall art and antiques to keep your gaze occupied. the place was soo clean...you could eat off their floors..literally...and I am a total neat freak. I would hands down-without a doubt, reccommend Tantrum to anyone thinking of getting a new tat, or even just one recolored or added to. Kudos to the staff-mngmt-and owner!!!!
Best ink anywhere! – I have gotten ALL of my tattoos from Tantrum and I have gotten nothing but compliments. Mike, George, Emmy... ALL of them are so talented! If you go there with an IDEA of what you want, they will draw up a design and ask you what you think. All of the artists have portfolios. With all the cell phone cameras around, why put your work out in the open to be stolen and copied somewhere else. Certainly reasonably priced! The prices are quoted BEFORE they touch you! And the quote stands. The shop is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN! What's more important than that? How about NO VULGAR LANGUAGE? No cursing is allowed in the shop! They even have a swear jar! Until Tantrum, I NEVER would have thought a tattoo parlor could be "family friendly"... Tantrum is! I will continue to refer friends, coworkers, family and strangers to Tantrum!!! Check them out!
BEST TATTO'S AND PIERCING AROUND! – I went there and got my tattoo on my foot (which is very detailed and CUSTOM made) it is a sea turtle and a hibiscus flower. I also got my belly button repierced there. My Husband got two tattoos there one on his back and a USMC one on his leg...they are the best work around and very clean. I have worked in the EMT field and i am very careful with where i go so when i walked into this place i was VERY impressed.
aviod this place at all costs – these people are crazy. they quote you one price, and then you ad a dot, and it goes up 40 bucks. they are greedy and money hungry and will do anything to get into your wallet. don't go there, it's not worth it. my friend and i went there last year, and shop looked good, but i didnt see any custom stuff, and they just seemed to expensive, if they were good wouldnt they want to show you their work and not just the shop..that place is a waste of space
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