As I understand it, personal tattoos for the average person are becoming more common. There is a group of us from the States who are studying in Chengdu this semester and are looking for a legit tattoo parlor to visit - one with an autoclave, standard sanitary practices, etc. We'd appreciate any input any of you has to offer. We're only here until December and would hate to miss an opportunity.
try jessie brett, the australian
you can find her contact info in chengdoo magazine, the "success and failure" issue
www.chengdoo-magazine.com for download
Thanks hapatofu - which issue should I look in?
i've heard only good things about this tattoo parlor;
it was referred to me by a few americans who'd been there and got tattoos they were definitely pleased with. haven't had a chance to try it out myself yet, time and money being an issue!
then there is also fishbone tattoo studio
havent been to see them either, but from their website they seem to have everything you're looking for. heard they're more expensive than the first one though.
don't go to fishbone!! we had a really bad experience with the main artist a few months ago. he was really rude and we felt like we were inconveniencing him... and the results were less than desirable. and yes they are more expensive...
there is a great local guy off first ring road near chuan da campus. he's in the big plaza next to all the big clubs, on the second floor. we've been to him several times since living here and he's always really great.
fair enough, i'll scratch fishbone off my list!
any chance you've got a name of the shop of the local guy near jiu yan qiao? or a contact number?
Is the local guy near the old campus? If so, which gate is he closest too. And most importantly - will he speak english or should I bring a fluent friend with me?
Thanks for all the responses!
The issue 31 of Chengdoo Magazine online doesn't come up with anything ON the pages. Does anyone know Jessie Brett's contact information?
To contact Jessie e-mail her at wenwendewenshen [AT] gmail [DOT] com or see samples of her work at www.tattoobin.com/artist/wenwendewenshen
One final question - do you tip tattoo artists in China? And if you do, what's standard?
Thanks for all the responses. They've all been super helpful.
please please please do not scratch Fish bone off your list, they rock! I had the very opposite experience there and I'm sad the other folks that feel that way. I felt really welcomed and immediately felt that I was in a place where they knew what was going on. I brought an image in and explained (in English) what I wanted and got way more, it's really stunning, the colours shading, needless to say I'm really happy. The price is extremely reasonable too and especially when you're getting good ink, there's some things in this world you don't want to cheap out on... This is far from my first tattoo but by far my best and best experience.