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570 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN | Directions 5510444.958318 -93.166872
Neighborhoods: Hamline - Midway
Disappointed – I set up an appointment for a consultation with Chad. I had been planning a tattoo for nearly the past year to commemorate my 5 years as a vegetarian/vegan, and I was really excited. After meeting Chad, who initially seemed very cool and chill, I told him that I was vegan and that was the reason for the tattoo. That is all I said, and he went into this long rant that began with, "Honey, you are the total opposite of me!" He proceeded to talk about how he ate a steak sandwich during the movie "Food, Inc." and how he grew up on a farm and killing animals was normal to him. This rant went on for a long time before he finally asked what I wanted. I told him I wanted a small farm animal, a piglet, with text underneath. After asking me how to spell "Earthlings" 3 or 4 times, he wrote the phrase out under a drawing of a pig, and I said that's what I wanted. However, then he said, "If you are going to do this, you should go all out." I let him know that's really all I wanted, something small, and it has to be easily concealed due to the nature of my work. Every time I said anything, he looked at me as though I had asked for an obscenity to be tattooed across my face or something. He said he had an idea and grabbed a pad of paper, which made me feel better because I thought maybe he was going to be helpful. He then scribbled something I couldn't decipher, and said I should get a pig with broccoli around it, with a banner underneath, in addition to the text. I said I didn't really want broccoli tattooed on me to which he smirked, "You won't get broccoli tattooed on you...but you'll get a pig?!" Finally, I had had enough and walked out, telling him I did not like his condescending attitude and that I would be going elsewhere. He did say, "Wait," but honestly, I was done.
I should note that I have never walked out of any business before. My friends and family were shocked when I told them because it takes A LOT to bother me. Chad's attitude and rudeness completely turned me off of this place though. All I wanted was a tattoo, not to have someone judge me.
Love it :) – My best friend lives near the shop and one random night my and my partner decided to stop in, felt comfortable, Nik is totally cool and nice, I knew this place is chill. I got my first tattoo and I love it a week later my partner gets tatted as well, I want to say the place is clean,lovely chill easy going and the artists are friendly cool and not tool's like other shops andwhat I love it is affordable and great quality great artists. I'm plannin in getting my big tattoo there again and very happy with the outcome. You guys rock love it and you'll be seeing me soon in the future thanks a bunch :D
Really great spot for piercings – When I turned 18 I wanted to get an industrial piercing. I did some internet sleuthing for a shop close to me, and ended up in a tattoo shop that recommended I check out Fluid. It was a great idea.
Scot met with me and told me that the piercing I wanted would be impossible for my ear, by proceeded to give me 10 other ones he could do. I ended up getting one of them and left with ideas for three more. Six piercings later, I'm still going there and I don't regret it. Scot is nice, funny, professional, very concerned with hygiene, and explains everything that's happening every step of the way.
Amazing artists, cool people! – This shop is amazing I went and checked out a bunch in the Saint Paul area and this is the one that looked the cleanest and was the most comfortable! They have screens if you want more privacy, unlike most of the others I visited. Everyone I met that worked there is super nice!
Lolo did my tattoo for me and its my 1st so needless to say I was extremely nervous! Especially since its a giant dragon that takes up half of my back! He explained and answered all my questions even while tattooing and was perfectly fine with my friend, mom, and boyfriend being there to distract me and even had fun chatting while he was working! He drew out the piece for me and really listened to everything I wanted and we just seemed 100% on the same track from the beginning!
Needless to say everyone I know I have recommended to at least check out the shop! My boyfriend will hopefully be getting his 3rd tattoo from an artist there in the coming months!
Amazing for my 1st time experience! Way better then what I thought it could ever be!
You've got to be kidding me! – Ugh, icky. This place, besides being in a scary neighborhood, is full of a bunch of scary people, or "artists," as they call themselves. Chad did a drawing for me which literally, looked like it was drawn by a child, it was done with pastels, ( maybe?) I wanted a black and grey image. A complete and utter fail and bad judgement call on my part. I was initially attracted to the decor of the shop, but inside it is really dark. The bathroom was painted by someone who doesn't even work there anymore, (I aksed), too much testosterone, I wanted a tattoo, not a new boyfriend. Gross.
GREAT TATTOOS AND ARTISTS – I have 3 tattoos all of which I got at Fluid Ink. Benny is my artist. He does a great job. He takes his time, draws what you want done, and is very nice guy. I will only let him tattoo me. Everyother Tattoo shop I have been to, makes me feel uncomfortable. This is definitely a chill place that is very fun and professional.
Awesome tattoo shop! – I just got a tattoo at Fluid Ink and I highly recommend this place. It was a great experience overall and I'm so glad I went to Fluid Ink rather than settling for any old tattoo place! I walked in and was greeted by Scot who was very friendly and answered my questions. After deciding on the tattoo I wanted, Chad answered any other questions I had and was very friendly and personable. He helped to pick an artist that would be best for the tattoo I wanted. I had never been there before so his help in answering my questions was really appreciated. LoLo did my tattoo and did an amazing job! I love it! He was nice, funny, and put me at ease through the whole process. Overall, I highly recommend this tattoo shop. The price wasn't outrageous like some places try to charge and the atmosphere of the shop is very friendly, welcoming, laid-back yet professional, and very clean. I will absolutely be going back there for any further tattoos or piercings I get in the future!
Chill shop with gr8 artists – fluid ink is a really great shop with awsome artists. Ive been to alot of tatu shops with snobby stuck up greedy artists who act like their gods gift to the earth. FLUID INK IS NOT THAT TYPE OF SHOP! finnally a shop with talent and great attitudes. benny being my artist of choice can put up with my pickyness for desighn and redrew a tatu for me for an hour understanding that tatus are a lifetime comittiment and wasnt acting like it was a hassle to help me out. everyone there treats their jobs with respect and thats rare to find. the tatus are well priced and good quality. Also for the lngst time i said id nvr change my piercing shop from saint sab- but after meeting scott and seeing how cool and fun and very talented he was i changed my tune and felt really comfortable going there!!! love the shop and should b stopping in soon again!
solid – My first experience at Fluid Ink was with Sara. I was looking for my first-ever tattoo, and very excited. As tattoos are permanent I was sure to check around first. I went to a number of different shops (Xoel at Grand Tattoo, St. Sabrina's, Steady, etc) before I chose an artist. In the end, I liked Sara's sketch best, but I did not like Sara. I looked around some more to see if I could find someone that I liked both as an artist and as a person. I didn't have much luck, so I went back to Sarah.
For a while my tattoo looked great. The details were phenominal and I was incredibly pleased. I went back to get it colored. I asked for a wash, but what I ended up with was a full color (Sara was very stubborn). Soon the details began to fade, no matter how careful I was in the sun, etc.
I soon found myself wanting another tattoo, and migrated back to Fluid Ink. I found that I really liked the rest of the staff, so I'd give them another try. As it turns out, Sara no longer works there. The owner of the shop, however, asked to see the tattoo Sara did for me. He agreed about the details and how they were disappearing, and offered to redo the entire thing (both color, outline, and shading) for free! I was shocked, but he claimed that he wanted to uphold the integrity of the shop - even if the artist was gone.
Needless to say, my skin is Fluid Ink's forever. Any shop that will honor the tattoo without the artist is a place I'm willing to revisit.
Excellent art work! – I went in with absolutely no idea what I was looking for (tat-virgin). The guys were all friendly and helpful, and they really put me at ease. Benny did a great job, and it's healing like it should. I'm already thinking about what my next tat will be...
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