TAT Looking for good portrait artist in Michigan

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  1. Uthinkso

    Uthinkso Tattoo Canvas

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    My wife and I had our first daughter Giada Gabriella four months ago and I want to have a portrait tattoo done of her. I'm in Michigan and the only cats I can locate that are solid portrait artists have waiting lists that are forever long. Not to mention they are a little bit proud in the pocket book for me. Trust me I'm not saying that somebody isn't entitled to get what they want for their art, but I think the tattooee needs to have a price they are willing to pay.

    I'm looking to have it done on my shoulder blade and in a 6"x6" size and I think $500-$750 is reasonable. I've been quoted as high as $2,000. Just not gonna shell that kind of scratch.

    Just to play process of elimination too, Tyrell and Renshaw are names I already have looked into and that I'm familiar with.
     
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    I've always said it.... If I ever got a portrait it'd be from Renshaw. :bowdown:
     
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    My largest gripe with him at the moment is hte two year waiting list.

    The man is incredible though......for those tht don't know who we're talking about www.tomrenshaw.com
     
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    I'm no expert here but I think when it comes to portrait tattoos, don't cheap out. I've seen too many portrait tattoos where the artist fucked it up or the client decided to cheap out and went to an artist who hadn't done a lot of portrait tattoos.

    You get what you pay for. Might be worth the waiting list and the coin. This is your skin we're talking about here and let's think about it. Do you really want someone to fuck up a portrait of your daughter? Portraits are damned near impossible to fix.
     
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    True I suppose. I really need to consider what kind of tattoo I want and what I'm willing to pay for it then either do it or don't.
     
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    Check out Heggie.
    He owns Big Top Tattoo in Sterling Heights (Utica?).. Off Van Dyke.
    He does awesome work and can pull off amazing portraits!
     
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    Ok I thought I had heard that Garth from the Magic Touch was an owner or co-owner of Big Top. I also thought Heggie was in Ann Arbor somewheres. I'
    ll have to check that scene out.

    One of my boys is real tight with Garth and Rob and has a lot of stuff done by them. Actually most of his stuff is done by Jimi before the ES days when he was still at magic touch.
     
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    Yup, Heggie and Garth are partners.
    Heggie moved back to this area for Big Top. I think that was early last summer.

    Heggie is the only man for me :mamoru:
    All my ink was done by him, aside from 1 piece that I had done by Nate from Eternal..

    Heggie does awesome work and he has a great touch. Well worth checking him out.
     
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    does big top have a site? I can't seem to find one.
     
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    Not that I know of.
    I think they have a cheesy myspace account under bigtoptattoo
     
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    It's a damn good thing that girl looks like her mom... or this would be one ugly tattoo :fawk:
     

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