Great Place...Great Tattoos. I have been getting tattoo'd for 8 years and stuck with the same person for my first 6 until I moved out of state from Maine to North Carolina. I love my artist back home so much that I was very hesitant to go anywhere else. I was getting the itch to get another tattoo so I started to ask around, two people I worked with 3 years ago went to a place in Mooresville and their tattoos were really good so I checked out the guy they went to. He was really good and I felt comfortable with him, he took his work seriously and was very much a perfectionist, I went to him twice and got 3 tattoos. Then I found out he was a creep and was soliciting things from girls when they were alone in his room with him, I was never gonna go back there again but I was stuck, where would I go now? I asked around again and no one could give me a decent name so I researched for myself. I live in Salisbury and I looked at places within 2 hours of here because a good artist is worth the travel. I found Nikki's Tattoo Studio. I was so impressed with what I saw on her website that I called and asked when I could drive the hour down there just to show her some of the ideas I had. I had not planned on making any appointments or even deciding yes or no for sure whether I liked the place, I wanted to be sure it was the right place for me. I am looking for a keeper!! Well that day I found it. Nikki is not only spunky but she is AWESOME at what she does, she makes you feel comfortable and she is cool as hell. I am so not a "girls girl" but I love that the place is run by women. Nikki is very professional and she really knows her stuff. I went home so excited and impressed with everything I saw I called the next day and made an appointment for a week later. It is so convenient that I can make the appointment over the internet and can do all the paperwork from home and pay over the phone. I got my tattoo and not only was the work so incredible but the cost was so much less than I would have expected. I am so proud of my tattoo and can't wait for the summer to show it off to everyone. I recommend that everyone go see Nikki, she truly is amazing.
Best tattoo studio I've been to. Nikki's studio was hands down the best tattoo studio I have ever been to, and I have been too a few. All the staff were extremely nice and easy to talk to. Very clean enviroment and work areas. Jason did my tattoo and did an amazing job. It looks better than I was even thinking in my head. It is obvious in talking to Jason that he enjoys his work and really cares about his clients and pleasing them. I will be going back to Jason for all my work in the future.
They know what they are doing!. When I saw my design for the first time, I was extremely pleased. Jason was able to put my exact vision on paper and it looks even better on my body. I have been several places, and no one had done as good of a job as Jason. He was knowledgeable, easy to talk to and paid close attention to detail. I was even given good advice on what to do about some existing tattoos that no longer satisfy me. I will definately go back for new artwork, and to cover up some old ones as well. I would reccommend Nikki's to anyone who is looking to get some ink. Well done!
Unimpressed!. I should have looked at their portfolio before actually agreeing to have the piece.
Cleanest and Friendliest shop in town.. Nikki's Tattoo Studio is the nicest shop I've ever been too. the staff is friendly and helpful, and the shop is the cleanest I've ever been to. Evrybody goes out of their way to make sure that clients get exactly the tattoo they were looking for.I've been tattooed in shops all over the country, and I have to say, Nikki's is the best run I've ever been to. Nikki designed my back piece, and it was completed about a year ago. Now, she's working on a sleeve design. Go see Nikki. She's the BEST!
I will go no where else but Nikki's for my tattoo needs. I went to Nikki's for my second and third tattoo and I will go no where else, she did an amazing job and made you feel right at home! She is very professional and has the cleanest shop in Charlotte. When people ask me where they should go for an experienced tattoo artist I send them to Nikki.
First class operation. i have just moved here in the last year from Buffalo,NY. I was looking for a tatoo studio to have a cover-up done. One of the locale told me about Nikkis place. I can honestly say she is one of the most pleasent people to deal with. Her studio is clean and that staff makes you feel like you have been going there for years. She is a top notch artist and one of the most profesonal people I have ever met. You can tell she not only cares about her work but her clients as well. I have recieved follow up calls and when ever I see her she goes out of her way to say hello. i highly recomened her place to anyone.
Excellent, professional, custom artist. I had a small tattoo done a couple of years ago when she was in her former location and all I can say is that she made my first tattoo experience one that has me wanting more. If her new shop is anything like her old shop then it will be the cleanest tattoo parlor that you will ever see, far cleaner than any other shop in the city. When it comes time to add more ink to my skin I will go nowhere else.
nice lady but horrible tattooist.
I went in and talked to Nikki about doing a piece. She said she could create it so I went ahead and paid the $25 "drawing" deposit. Now this was going to be my 12th tattoo and I never had to put down a deposit like this before. I was told I could come back the following week to check out the drawing. I got there and Nikki was not there but Stacey was and she showed me the piece. I had questions and changes I wanted to make so Stacey called Nikki. After a few minutes Stacey came over and told me Nikki would not be coming in. I tried to talk to Stacey about the piece and she assured me it would not look the way it did on the paper because Nikki would enhance it, adding she could not put all the details on the drawing. Against my better judgement I put down an additional deposit which was half the cost of the tattoo. Again something I never had to do at any other shop. When I questioned Stacey told me, this was standard for any shop. To make a long story short, i went the next week to have the tattoo done and it is the WORST piece I have on my body. It is pathetic, sloppy, unexceptable work that should not come from someone with seventeen years experience, I have seen jail house tattoos that look better.
I went 10 minutes away to Ink Link and the guys there are awesome!! I have since had four piece done there and 1 touch up and I am completely satisified. NO DEPOSITS of any kind, I paid when the work was done.
As soon as Nikki's tattoo heals, they have agreed to cover it up. Nikki is a very nice person but I did not like the job she did on me at all !!
ADDED 10/24/07 TO RESPOND TO SHOP RESPONSE:
I am not a competitor or a former artist. I had a piece down on a Saturday in August. I can't remember the exact date. The tattoo does not need to be touched up, it needs to be covered up. It is really a bad tattoo. I dont know if Nikki is not use to tattooing brown skin or what but it is horrible. I have no reason to say anything bad except for I received a bad tattoo.
After reviewing my appointment schedule for Aug, Sept, & Oct. this complaint doesn't add up. Nor do any of the specific comments about how a drawing question would be handeled at the studio.Let alone a tattoo. My experience is that people who don't like the drawing don't move forward with the appt. All the appointments I have had during this time have been back in for folow up or I have spoken directly to the client. Thats the beauty of being a custom artist. I only do select work and most of it is done in sessions over a period of weeks. This is not a place where people pop in and get a little something and are on there way. My shop is not a walmart of tattoos like some places around the city.
I strongly feel like if someone really spent the type money they are complaining about they would come back in and ask for the complimentary touch up that comes with the tattoo if needed. Not run to another shop.
I stongly feel this is made up by a jealous competitor or disgruntled artist
Nikki rocks!. I visited Charlotte recently and went to Nikki's Tattoo Studio with a friend. It was super clean and the staff was fun and professional. Totally someone to trust when it comes to permanently inking your bod. Designs were great too. Especially for someone looking for a woman's touch, I'd recommend Nikki's in a heartbeat. The atmosphere was really nice with big comfy couches and warm decor (almost more spa like).
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