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807 East Main Street, Durham, NC | Directions 2770135.998121 -78.892044
Great tattoo & piercing – Got my first tattoo there, the artist Nathan did a great job on me while my wife got a tattoo from WIlliam in another booth. Both artists did great work. Another time, a friend of mine got a half-sleeve by Kathryn - she designed it and did the work and it looks great. No healing issues, no fading, nothing bad at all. These guys are pros.
PIERCING NIGHTMARE – Went to have a piercing done here, and was dismayed when the piercer was unable to get jewelry into my piercing AFTER HAVING PIERCED METWO TIMES !!! After inquiring as to her experience piercing she told me she had only been piercing for 1 WEEK !!! This business has gone downhill over the last 4 years & this experience will keep me, and everyone I know away. STAY AWAY !
Great Experience! – I brought Nathan a photograph and he spent a lot of time drawing up the stencil. I did not feel rushed and I felt like he was trying to be very careful to get it right. During the tattoo he made me feel very comfortable by checking in with me (it was my first tattoo). When I saw the end result, it looked better than the photograph I brought him. It was better than I thought it could be.
Mixed at best – I've patronized Dogstar over the years several times for tattoos and piercings, and although I've rarely experienced the outright rudeness some reviews claimed, it has been a mixed experience. Several years ago they had some excellent artists who were very clean, friendly and professional. I had a beautiful piece done by Mike - I drew the design and it had a lot of personal significance to me, and after talking with him he added his artistic touches and designed a gorgeous tattoo that I will be proud of for the rest of my life. I was nervous and so happy to have someone who understood how important this was to me, and seemed to genuinely enjoy the design process. I also had a piercing done by T and she was extremely clean, precise and informative. She talked me through the aftercare and even followed up a few days later. She was awesome.
But those people are gone and over the years, some of the new artists have been awful. I had one tiny wrist tattoo done by a guy who was extremely rude and appeared to be hungover. After a few days it was all blotchy and uneven, so I went in and he tried to fix it and was much nicer, saying "Sorry I was a **** the other day, it was just a bad day." I understand, but your 'bad day' is now on my body forever. I also got a piercing from a guy who was VERY twitchy and ended up getting blo0d everywhere. Again, it looked infected after a few days and I had to go in and get it fixed. After these two experiences I don't patronize Dogstar any more.
So I would warn people that this isn't a place like Warlock's where the whole staff is experienced and good at what they do. There are some good artists there (I heard Nathan is great) but you have to DO YOUR RESEARCH first and not just walk in expecting excellent service. This place is the McDonald's of tattoo shops - I think they get such heavy walk-in traffic due to location that they don't have to worry about repeat customers. It's too bad, because Dogstar has the potential to be a great neighborhood tattoo shop.
The land of "Sound" tattoos – Where to begin? If you are looking for a place that is professional and values its clients, this is not the business. On December 13, 2008 me a couple friends got tattoos (walk-ins). At completion, my tat looked good. However, within a couple of days I knew something was terribly wrong. Mind you, this was my third tat. It was so poorly done that it scabbed (you wouldn't believe) and I even lost pigment. When I went back to talk to the owner, even though she knew his (Nathan) work was poor (she couldn’t disguise her reaction), she told me I had a "sound" tattoo. I didn't pay to get a "sound" tattoo. She made sure that I knew that they didn't give refunds and that I would have to wait to have the same person retouch my tat. Really? To think that I would want to go back to the person who damaged my skin. Please! He didn't have any idea how to tat dark brown skin and failed to let me know. I can provide pictures to anyone who would like to see my formerly desecrated back. I found wonderful artist in Atlanta to do the cover up (Miya Bailey, City of Ink). I have pictures of before and after. Seriously folks, after my experience I wouldn’t recommend any black person patron their shop. Hell, I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone given their total lack of sensitivity and professionalism. Email diva1955@hotmaildotcom to request pictures.
Stay Away From This Business – If you enjoy being treated like an idiot this is the place for you ! Went here to receive a nostril piercing after being given a gift certificate. Upon entering the shop I was ignored by the 3 employees who were busy laughing it up amongst themselves. Once I was deemed worthy of attention the female piercer was very unfriendly, and acted like I had imposed upon her time. Well, I got the piercing. About three weeks later when the piecing had developed a bump, and was NOT healing up I returned. The piercer told me I was doing something wrong cleaning the piercing, and was completely uninterested in assisting me. At this point I went to another local studio where the piercer was helpful, diagnosed the problem, and corrected the problem caused by Dog Star. I guess location is the only reason this business continues to have clients. I for one will never return, and will make sure that none of my friends fall victim to the negligence practiced there.
NO NO NO NO NO! – I had the misfortune of having a piercing done here...do not make the same mistake! The piercer is extremely unfriendly - AND THAT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT - but I could live with that; after all, it's a business transaction. However, I had some problems following and she couldn't have been less interested in helping. In desperation I finally turned to another piercer who diagnosed and corrected the problem within minutes. Presumably, the piercer at Dogstar should have thought of this option *sometime,* if not right away. I wish I had gone to [other piercing place in town] initially.
Anyway, I emphatically DO NOT recommend Dogstar. The piercing itself could have been more pleasant, certainly, but the follow-up? A complete joke and near-nightmare.
I'd give it zero stars if that were an option.
How Dare You ? This studio has had multiple cases of STAPH infection in both tattoo work & piercings caused by the poor sterilization practices of the shop.I personally know of 4 cases of people having contracted STAPH infection. The last being one of my dearest friends who had saved up to get a quarter sleeve done at Dog Star, and ended up with a sloppily done piece along with a STAPH infection. This friend was forced to miss work,have 3 seperate surgical procedures done, and paid the doctors over $1,000.00 to save the skin of thier upper arm from having to be removed. The staff at Dog Star offered no assistance, and in fact blamed the infection on a cat having possibly licked the tattoo! Funny the STAPH infection was only apparent on the area of the body where the unsterilized tattoo needles were used! ***BEWARE***
The Best First Experience Ever – I was so scared to get a tattoo almost close to tears but when i came to DOGSTAR all fear left it was very clean and the people are respectalbe and nice everyone was very understanding of my situation and assured me that everything was going to be fine. WILLIAM was fun and he is a great artist. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world and I wouldnt go any where else for a tattoo!
~HA Platt,. USN~
SherReese N Platt
Great Shop – Friendly staff, super clean and safe, great artists. I'd recommend this place to everyone who's looking to get a new tatt.
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