Love my tattoo!.
Reading the reviews below I was hesitant to attempt a visit to Miami Ink. It was my first tattoo and I figured that even if it wasn't an artist from the show at least with the show's notariety there would be reputable artists working there. I was disppointed that I couldn't get an appointment in advance, was told it was walk in only - first come first serve, but I was also told that if I came early in the day I would be able to be "seated" that day. I got there at 1pm, showed my idea and learned that my design would not look good in future years as it was very small and would most likely run together after a few years. A new take on my design was drawn and it was better than I could have imagined! The tattoo took about 2 hours ( less than what I was told). The best part of sitting there for a few hours was watching the interactions between the shop employees and the general public. Its incredible how dumb people are. People show up and expect to walk in to an appt with Ami James or Chris Garver. Also many people come in ( I actually saw this happen) saying that they have come from other country's just to see Ami and they get upset when they are told he's not at the shop, like he lives there or something! The number of really annoying questions asked reached 50 in only the 2 hours I was there so I can't imagine what these guys go through in a whole week. I mean really dumb, does it hurt? Come on....
Even after the guy taking the appts told people to bring back some kind of reference for what they wanted they came back with nothing! No idea of what they want - one guy got upset because he was referred to the artists books for ideas. Why would you get a tattoo if you have NO IDEA what you want? I am in love with my tattoo. I think your visit will be greatly enhanced if you show that you have a minimal amount of common sense.
WHOA !!!. My wife and I thought it would be a good idea to go to Miami Florida, South Beach for our honeymoon. We also thought that this would be a great time to get a tattoo at from the guys at Miami Ink. I just got off the phone with the receptionist after I told her that I would like a certain artist to do some work for me and before I could finish telling her what I wanted she told me that this artist had a $1000.00 min and if I was still intrested.
went by Miami Ink.
The guys here opened late the day I was here. About 2 hours late. I was kind of ticked off by then, but I thought, "what the hay," this is a tatt from "Miami Ink". I waited about an hour and a half for them to stop B.S.ing and get down to business. Finally, Darren Brass produced a picture of my design idea and I was put in the hot seat. He actually is a very good artist and tattooist, (probably one of the best in the biz) and I was quite pleased with the outcome. I arrived at noon and was not on my way back to the hotel until almost 5pm. The tattoo only took about an hour and 15 minutes. Rediculous amount of wasted time.
A few months later, I had a trip to Miami again. Thought it was time for a second tatt. The wait to even get in put me off the second time I went and now they wanted a $200 minimum. This second time they seemed quite full of themselves. So, I went around the corner on 14th to "tattoo's by Lou". The guys at Miami Ink even recommended this guy. An equal (at least in my eyes) to Miami Ink artistry and talent and half the price. The guy at "lou's" drew up what I wanted, placed it perfectly and went to work. Didn't stop until he was done. Now, I just say, " i went by (passed by) Miami Ink and look at what I got!"
miami's claim to fame. I personally loved my experience at miami ink. i went to the walk in session at 9, got my name written down, and was in and out with my tattoo in under an hour. the guys were sweethearts, and the design james created was amazing. people need to realize, however, that because of their shop's fame they have limited time with each customer. if you're looking for a huge, intricate tattoo designed on the spot you've come to the wrong place. if you're rude and pushy, don't expect much...it's really an honor for them to be doing your tattoo in the first place. believe me, they don't need to take walk ins to stay in business.
Avoid Miami Ink. MIami Ink is totally overrated! Their customer service is a joke and the guys spend more time bullshitting and taking smoke breaks on the sidewalk than actually tatooing. I went on a weekend vacation from Pittsburgh and wasted three trips to this pathetic business. I stood there while fifteen people waited and none of the artists were even working, it was unreal. Trust me, it's the worst. I was so turned off that I will never even watch the show. All Lee did was write my name on a piece of paper three different times and never made an effort to talk to me. The guys from the show were nowhere to be seen, go figure!!!!
Miami Ink. After being wounded in Iraq I thought I'd go get a Tattoo that meant a little something to me and what I left behind. My artist was cool and expensive...BUT...He was bumped once screwing up my ink and did a couple weird marks himself...after many smoke breaks. I've called several times to try arrange a repair and the follow up service has simply SUCKED! DAN R. if you're out there...how about a call so we can fix this pig. Try answering your shop phone, follow up on complaints, maybe just good ole' fashion customer service would make someone happy. I hope you enjoyed the $200.00 tip though. I learned never to tip first again!!
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors. The home of Miami's famous (thanks to the TLC reality series) and talented tattoo artists.
$$$$$. You pay for the noteriety. My tattoo was done by one of the guys not on T.V.(the famous guys are only there during the week). The guys were really nice but my artist spent a good chunk of time texting on his cell and going for smoke breaks. The Tat was goood but not fabulous. All this would not matter if they didn't charge double what you would pay anywhere else (In cash no less).
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