I am 22 years old & currently have 4 tattoos.
I have gone to two different tattoo shops, both very different from each other.
My first: two butterflies. These are on my left shoulder blade. I went to Iconic Ink in Grafton, MA to get this done by Kevin. They were absolutely beautiful! And honestly, almost painless. From tattoo stories, I was super nervous but he was friendly and let me take my time. But if anyone wants to get a tattoo here, do it, it barely hurts and they’re beautiful. Over time the tattoo has faded, unfortunately, but due to my neglect to put sunscreen on it. I might eventually go back to get the colors touched up because the tattoo and details are truly beautiful. (I think this was $230 or $320)
*This photo was taken the day it was done.
Tattoo 2: Believe. This was also done by Kevin at Iconic Ink in Grafton, MA. This one was simple and took about 20 minutes (max). He does beautiful work and I am very happy I had him do this one. This tattoo is on my right ribs. A place that is known to be extremely painful, but I honestly didn’t think it was too bad. A nice place to get a tattoo that people will rarely see unless you’re in a bathing suit. (Minimum Price, approx. $90)
Tattoo 3: I don’t have a photo of this tattoo, but it is the silhouette of a black cat. This tattoo I wish I had thought out more before getting it. From a distance it looks like a black blob, I should have gotten a cat with more detail so it was easily distinguishable. I got this tattoo done at Lucky’s Tattoo & Piercing in Northampton, MA. I’m not sure who did it, though. This tattoo is close to my right knee, and I would say that this one hurt the most. But hurt, in terms of getting a tattoo, mostly means pinchy & uncomfortable. (Minimum Price, approx. $90)
Tattoo 4: Tulip. This one is by far my favorite tattoo so far. It is simple, small, and beautiful. It is on my Left inner arm. This was also done at Lucky’s and by Alysha. But this took about 15-20 minutes and that was it. (Minimum Price, approx. $90)
*I wish I had a better picture taken with a DSLR, maybe in the future.
Iconic Ink: this shop is owned by one man, who at the time was doing tattooing part-time and the only artist in his shop. The shop was two “rooms”, one serving as a giant waiting area, a pool table, and a tiny bathroom. One customer at a time, sort of place & by appointment only. Small and quiet, besides the great music. It was close to home and he was friendly. Kevin is a father who practices tattooing on himself but looks like a total casual dad.
Lucky’s: This is a very large place in a city setting, there are tons of artists and they do more than just tattooing.They have tons of rooms, a loft with a waiting area, huge fish tanks, many customers at once. The workers and artists there has crazy piercings, tattoos everywhere, super hipster, not as easy to approach. Although, they are good at what they do.