Firstly, after having an issue stir about that I was completely unaware of, I've discovered Phillip AKA "Phil" Colven, who happens to be the owner of this tattoo facility, and his wife, are one of the very first rude, unpleasant people I've had to deal with since my move here in Atlanta just 4 months ago. I personally, will never step foot inside this establishment after dealing which such hurtful and completely selfish individuals. No offense to the great artists that work there now, my apologies, I have nothing against you... But yeah, I, as a lover of tattoos, and regularly working with Tattoo Magazines and other artists much like Phil, cannot simply recommend getting their work done by someone like this.
SO IVE BEEN GETTING TATTOOS SINCE I WAS 18, AND A FEW OF THEM HAD TO BE LASERED OFF WHICH IVE BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO. I WAS VERY NERVOUS ABOUT CHOOSING AN ARTIST TO COVER MY TATTOOS AND A HIGHLEY RESPECTED TATTOO ARTIST FRIEND OF MINE WHO LIVES IN ANOTHER STATE SAID MEMORIAL WAS THE BEST. SO I WENT IN, MET PHIL AND MIKEY AND EVERYONE WAS HELPFUL, FRIENDLY ( WHICH IS RARE IN THE TATTOO WORLD ) AND MOST OF ALL MADE SURE I FELT COMFORTABLE. MIKEY TOOK MY RUFF DRAFT IDEAS AND MORPHED THEM INTO SOMETHING LIGITIMATE AND WEARABLE. I CANT RECOMMEND THE GUYS AT MEMORIAL ENOUGH. THEY ARE THE BEST IN THE ATL.
Pros: GOOD SERVICE, GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD, TALENTED AND FRIENDLY STAFF
Outstanding art by amazing artist. Phil Colvin is a tattoo wizard. Dave Kruseman is one talented dude. Mikey is as awesome as he is small and Gary Yoxen rocks to hard for pants.
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Pros: Anything you can dream up, they can tattoo on you.
I've been getting ink for 12 years and the artistry and patience that Phil Colvin posesses-- amazes me even after a decade of encounters. I believe in Custom tattoos and the gents at Memorial Tattoo do as well. Phil, Dave, and Josh are some of if not the BEST in Atlanta. Going to Memorial is almost like going over to a friends house for a brew & movie or just to hang out. As soon as you walk in you do feel like family. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are accepted. THIS isn't your everyday experience. There aren't books and books of flash encouraging you to be a drone. A tattoo shouldn't be like a shirt you get at the store. It should be as distinctive and absolute as the individual. The staff encourage you to challenge them with custom work that showcases their talent but also is an artistic expression of the art your going to love and live in for a lifetime. I have first hand knowledge that Colvin and Kruseman are able to take your words and ideas and give them "life". Personalizing something as simple as a camera( kruseman) or as extensive as Bjork tribute(colvin). Also they believe in being honest about size and clarity. They will refuse work because of the pride they have in each piece. Sometimes you just have to get the big piece otherwise the work you want is never going to meet your or their standards. I think we all can appreciate someone who believes in quality work. Another bonus is the guys are talented on the human canvas and off. All the staff have outerwear designs,and the ocasion painting available for purchase. So I ASK you do you want your ink to be unique, your experience to be clean, your artist honest and your work superb? Then pay for the honor of doing business with Memorial Tattoo for family and friends.
Pros: custom work, clean environment, friendly
OK, so I got my last tattoo at a shop in L5P and this experience at Memorial was so much better, I had to write their first review.
To begin, the place is colorful, with a lot of seating, cool memorabilia and is EXTREMELY clean. Not alot of books in the lobby area to peruse to get ideas, but hey, you probably are going to show up set on what you
The individual artist spaces are ample and well organized. You can tell they are creative, but older, not the reckless tattoo shop employee stereotype.
They got a MAC on site if you need to look up images online.
Phil Colvin is the main guy there, great artwork, lots of shading, colors, that kind of thing. He has done alot of work on a buddy of mine and it is just incredible. Actually, he's well known if you want to google him.
BUT, Dave Kruseman is the MAN. Super cool guy that genuinely took the time and effort to give me ideas and talk me into a better tat. I actually wanted my image in a different spot at first, but he printed out several sizes to give me a better idea of what it'd look like. I went with his experienced suggestion and was not let down. Very happy.
Also, if you have someone waiting or have to wait yourself, you have two excellent restaurants right next door. Village Pizza is amazing and cheap(try the greek!!) $4 PBR pitchers. Carroll St Cafe is more of a sitdown, but awesome beer. Milltown Arms is a bar next to Village Pizza(potato skins!!!). There is even a tiny boutique grocery....
Anyways, I digress.
Memorial Tattoo is the best shop to get a tattoo. Great prices for intown, convenient, clean, professional, friendly...yada yada.
Check em out.