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508 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811747.676074 -122.362881
Neighborhoods: Northwest Seattle, Northwest, Phinney Ridge
First Tattoo in years – I got my last tattoo years ago when I was in the military and I had been on the fence whether I’d ever get another one. One of my friends had gotten a really impressive sleeve done by Aaron Bell and it encouraged me to get a new one. I’m really pleased with the work on the tattoo and am now kicking around the possibility of getting yet another one!
Great Work and service! – Slave to the Needle obliged my silly cliched tattoo idea to get my children's names tattooed on my body. Even though it's a common tattoo that parents have been getting for a million years, Aaron and his staff treated me as if I was getting the most original, important tattoo on Earth...which to me, it is. I really appreciate that more than I could ever say or type. Thank you guys.
Honest Jon!! – Honest Jon has been working on my sleeve for a few months now. His work is AMAZING! Since I've been in the shop quite a bit, I've got to see some of the other artists' work. Oh my, John Fitz is a great artist and Van is AWESOME!! Van's japanese art is just BEAUTIFUL! I'm back and forth about staying with HJ or going to Van to work on my other sleeve... they are both so good at what they do!
Anyway, Slave is the ONLY place I'll get inked. I've gotten ink at other places (which will be covered up at Slave) and Slave just pwns! Check it out for yourself
Be patient and wait for Aaron Bell & don't settle for 2nds – I was inked by John Fitzgerald and I don't know if it was time constraints and/or just an artist past his prime, but I received a piss poor tattoo on my forearm. I researched the artists work and thought he had talent so who knows what happened that day? The dragon shading looked rushed and resembled a dead fish with virtually zero detail? The shading was sparse in too many areas like my skin couldn't take ink there?? My daughters name had a letter off-centered and each individual letter's detail can be questioned whether or not the artist has the shakes.
My answer to the whole problem was to simply climb the tattoo artist food chain and get this fixed the right way. I found a genius tattoo artist up here in Arlington that just covered up this sub-par effort with wicked and crazy detail....even over the sparse shading that looked rushed!! so all is good now.
Do your research and make sure the tattoo artist has plenty of time to do it RIGHT and stay away from places that are run like an overworked assembly line.
SO Worth It.... – I already had a few tattoos from other shops but was skeptical and patient in waiting to find the right shop to do a very creative and special sleeve. I had yet to see any work at any shop that showed they could capture what I was looking for. I was referred to Slave to the Needle.
Still skeptical, I checked out their work and was intrigued by Andrea's portfolio. After an initial consultation with her, a second appointment to check out the drawing, and finally getting the tattoo...it was PERFECT! I waited months to get in and spent a large chunk of money on this tattoo but it was well worth every cent I spent and every day I waited.
Since then I've gotten a handful of piercings and a few more tattoos by multiple artists at Slave to the Needle. This is absolutely the ONLY shop I trust to do my work! The staff is beyond friendly, the artistry is top-notch, the prices are reasonable....what more could you ask for???
Best tattoo experience, hands down! – So far I have been tattooed by 2 artists at the Wallingford location and pierced at the Ballard shop. I have had nothing but stellar service and always left more than happy with my tattoo/piercing results.
Robert and Marc have both given me fabulous body art.... including a huge back-piece and some smaller pieces. I constantly am stopped by strangers and asked where I got the amazing ink. Thanks guys... you ROCK!
I have no idea where these other reviewers with the negative attitudes are coming from, but I have always seen other clients treated in nothing but a positive, friendly manner. Deposits are mandatory at all other tattoo shops I have encountered, so this is nothing "strange" or out of the ordinary. It covers the artists's time spent creating a piece of art for you.
As for the quality of artwork and passion of the artists... well... the portfolios, awards, and clean atmosphere speaks for itself.
I am looking forward to getting inked by some other artists there! I'm a return customer for sure!
Rips You Off!! – I am a stickler for my money being my money, and these bastards stole my $100 deposit. They are swindlers, do not trust them.
Best Tattoo Parlor Ever! – I had the best experience here, the place was super clean and the staff treated me like we were old friends. My tattoo is beautiful too and healed up perfectly. I could not have asked for a better experience. I recommend this place to everyone who stops me to ask where I get my work done. I'll be going back for more work.
Obnoxious staff, inconceivably bad service. Go somewhere with nice people instead! – OH MY GOD! I can't be in Seattle! Slave to the Needle must have been picked up by a tornado and brought here from the island of misfit, miserable toys. I am trying to remember if I've ever had a worse experience with anyone in any service business. I think Slave is the worstest. My tattoo "artist" must have had he day off from filming Dawn of the Dead XVI. But he was still in-character and about as artistic as Charlie Brown. I have two tattoos from Adorn in Portland (Love Adorn!!). There they asked me to send in my tattoo images by email and when I arrived my artist (Jesse rocks!) had been thinking about the design and had done some sketching and had some great ideas - very creative and artistic - as you should expect from a good tattoo artist. You won't get that at Slave. I can't imagine worse service. You'd be better off just walking in off the street anywhere else.
Excellent Tattoo Parlor! – I have used Slave for two of my tattoos. I am also set up with an appointment to have my next tattoo done at Slave this month.
If you're thinking about new ink, Slave is the perfect place to go. A very clean facility, and very experienced artists.
I would and do recommend Slave to anyone asking me about getting a tattoo.
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