Tattoos >No Ka Oi Tiki Tatoo
610 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914739.941384 -75.149309
Neighborhoods: South Philadelphia, Queen Village/ Pennsport
Not sure...? – I recently got a piercing here and the woman who did my piercing didn't really talk much. I was really nervous so that didn't help. She also didn't go through the aftercare for the piercing until I asked about it afterwards. She just circled some spot on the pamphlet she gave me and sent me on my way. I'm not sure how I feel about this place.
Great Experience – Last Friday, I set out to get my newest tattoo in my new neighborhood. I live 4 blocks from South Street so I did a little research on a couple shops and visited them, sharing my idea for a quote that I wanted to get on my wrist. Neither of the shops I visited were of any help and made me feel uncomfortable, so I decided to hold off on getting my tattoo.
My boyfriend and I walked by No Ka Oi on our way home and decided to just stop in to ask for help with my design. The women at the desk were so friendly and even offered to draw out their ideas and (because my font was so small) they even suggested I get the quote split between both of my wrists so I didn't have to make the font too big and still have the look I was going for. She drew it out and taped the quotes to my wrists so I could see what it would look like. I loved her attention to my wishes and how she didn't compromise them for the sake of putting a larger, more expensive tattoo on my body. It was what I wanted. She quoted me a price and asked if I wanted to think about it or do it that night. I decided to do it that night and she set me up with artist Christine Nelson. She took me in about 5 minutes and my wrists were done in about 20 or 30 minutes. I am so happy with the finished product. She did an amazing job and was very professional and nice. Every single person I came into contact with at No Ka Oi was pleasant, helpful and freindly. The interactions between the staff, themselves, and their interactions with the customers made me feel comfortable. I will definitely be going back.
Grade A Piercer! – This past weekend I went to No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo to get my earlobes pierced. I knew that I wanted them to be stretched in the future, and I knew that I wanted a professional to pierce them. So I did some research on piercers on the east coast and Luis Garcia was a name that I kept coming across: bme, app, etc. When getting in contact with him, he recommended piercing them with an 8g, which sounded like a great idea to me as well. Not only was the shop incredibly clean, but the staff was nothing but polite, so was Luis. He answered every question that I asked, and talked me through the entire procedure. Overall, this was a great experience and I would only ever trust Luis with any piercings in the future. If you're ever around the Philly area, be sure to check this shop out. Well worth the drive from Baltimore.
Luis is a GREAT piercer! Went to get my first body piercing this weekend and Luis was friendly, patient, and talked me through the whole process! WELL worth a trip to south street!!!!
Will never ever go back or to any of the body graphics – I have never had such unprofessional experience with a tattoo place as I have had with an artist from No Ka Oi/body graphics. Both my roommate and I were tattooed by the same artist. She is so unreliable, she didn't show up for my roommate's appointment twice and for my roommates friend's appointment she was also no show(luckily Carla stepped up and did an amazing tattoo for her). I should of learned from their experience but I like her line work so I went ahead with it. And what a surprise she was a no show for my appointment. They called her and she "explains" that she is finishing the drawing for my piece and I should come back in two hours. She did finally show up, nothing new had been done to the drawing at all, I sat for 4 hours while she sat in the back doing whatever, I finally get tattooed and while she's tattooing me talks about how she stayed up all night and only got less than 2 hours of sleep. Awesome. Just straight up unprofessional, and the owner thinks talking down to you and calling you crazy is "customer service".
I recommend this tattoo shop to everyone!!!! – I went in a few tattoo shops on South Street, but something about No Ka Oi drew me in. It was very clean and beautiful. The staff was cool and very friendly. They took me in right away and I was tattooed by Ms. Anna Paige herself, which was awesome. I had a really great experience and can't wait to make my next appt with her. I have definitely found my tattoo artist!!! I recommend this shop to anyone.
I will always go here for piercings – So I went to No Ka Oi for my first piercing, I was planning on getting my septum done. The lady at the front brought me upstairs to the piercing area, and described in great detail the piercing process, aftercare, prices, jewelry options. She was amazingly helpful, friendly and congenial. The man who pierced me was Luis Garcia and he did a great job. The piercing area was very clean, and he got the piercing done so quickly and painlessly. I'm super happy with my experience at this shop
Knowledgable staff, friendly atmosphere – I would recommend visiting this shop in Philadelphia above all others. The atmosphere was super inviting, smelled nice, and I was greeted by everyone as I walked in the door! I was undecided about a tattoo design and went with my boyfriend to help me. I wanted to get his name on my arm but when I couldn't make up my mind I looked to my boyfriend for his advice. When I was talking to my boyfriend about what he thought the girl at the front desk was so polite and said something like honey, its your body, you make the decision. If you aren't sure about it, then maybe today isn't the right day to get tattooed. You should always be sure about it before just doing it because its permanent. if your not sure about his name, then get an image that reminds you of him instead, that way you wont have a name on you forever. she then drew up a version of what i wanted and i loved it! Then the girl with the hat in the back station tattooed me shortly after. she was very smart and made me feel so comfortable!
p.s. you should ignore that angry woman below. everyone i know gets tattooed at No Ka Oi and obviously this woman didn't want to hear the answer NO and should just go somewhere else with her crappy attitiude!
Stay AWAY!!! Dont let the cool atmosphere fool you! – I went to this place at the end of October 2008. I wanted to have a tattoo that my husband designed for me. First the guy at the desk looked at the design, and said what is that and he kinda seemed skeevish of it, which i didnt like. then another artist there doctored it up and made it really pretty. the nice artist had an appt, so i was stuck with the horrible crazy lady who everyone commented about. So she too said, "what is it, thats it?", like she was almost to good to do it, or like it wasnt worth her time. So i let that go, and she said she'd be with her in a minute. It took her 15-20 mins to set up, which was way too long bcuz i think she was slow on purpose. When ready, she told me to lay down on the table. i said should i pay now, and she said, "i dont care if you want i mean whatever" so she took my money and tossed it like it was diseased. Anyways The table was cheap, so when i went to lay down, it started to tip over, and my husband says she mad a face at me like it was something wrong w/ me. so i was getting it behind my ear, and i said which side should i lay on, she said which side are you getting it on, instead of just saying left or right. then she puts the stencil on, i asked my husband what he thought, and she sighed. he couldnt really see so he was coming around the wall and she yelled, "Dude, you have to stay over there!" so we decided we didnt like the position, so i asked her to change it. that made her mad. she changed it, and we still didnt like it. As im talking to my husband, she started to yell "Sweet heart, its your body, his opinion doesnt matter! this is why i hate in when couples come in!" she was very disrespectful to me and my husband, so i snatched my money off the table and left. She even tried to charge me $50 for set up. She sits at the first little section and she's kinda goth. She is a crazy feminist with no respect for men, or any other customers. she makes the whole place look bad, but they support her, so dont go there!!!!
I just wanted to thank this customer so much for her review! I have been looking for a feminist tattoo artist in Philadelphia and thanks to your review, I now know where to go. How awesome! Can't wait to meet Carole. P.S. Sounds like maybe she hit a nerve...?
awesome shop...great artists...amazing tattoo! – at first i was a little hesistant to go into this shop because of the reviews i had been reading. however, i decided to go anyway to check it out. i went in on a thursday night, talked to the nicest, most enthusiastic and brutally honest shop manager i've ever met. he was great. i talked to cindy about my idea, she told me what she thought and we set up an appointment for that sunday. the tattoo took about 3 hours, she was incredibly nice and professional the entire time. originally i was going to need two sittings but she said the hell with it and offered to do the whole thing at once. all in all, the place is asthetically pleasing and the artists are great. this was my 4th and by far best tattoo i have gotten and i would go back there in a heartbeat. remember people...they are artists, their work is on your body and they want it to look good. so take the critisism and except their ideas because in the end you'll walk out with a sh*t eating grin on your face!!
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