Laughing Buddha Tattoo and Body Piercing

★★★★☆
  • 219 Broadway E Ste 24

    Seattle, WA 98102

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  • 206-329-8274

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I went with my daughter (who just turned 18) to get her 1st tattoo at the Laughing Buddha. Everyone who works there was extremely friendly, supportive and easygoing. She picked the Laughing Buddha because my niece and one of her friends

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I went with my daughter (who just turned 18) to get her 1st tattoo at the Laughing Buddha. Everyone who works there was extremely friendly, supportive and easygoing. She picked the Laughing Buddha because my niece and one of her friends

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I have been wanting to get my navel pierced for a long time and I decided to go ahead and do it. I just have to say that I was very shocked at how friendly the staff at Laughing Buddha was! They were professional, but they even made you

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I have been wanting to get my navel pierced for a long time and I decided to go ahead and do it. I just have to say that I was very shocked at how friendly the staff at Laughing Buddha was! They were professional, but they even made you

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Got a fairly large rib tat done last Sunday by Nando. The whole experience from planning to ink was very professional and top notch. I did some research myself before getting the tat done and people either recommended Laughing Buddha or Slave to the Needle. I did some further research myself and determined that Nando at Laughing Buddha was the person for my tattoo.

I brought in a print and asked for some input to add some more design/detail to the peice. In talking to Nando you'll instantly know that he's an experienced tattoo artist. I got great design advice and was able to give my input throughout several scetches.

In his office you'll see a library of tattoo books and lots of amazing framed pics of tattoos he's done in the past. I popped in my headphones and let him go to work for about 3hrs. The final product has some of the best line work I've ever seen! I'm really happy with the work he did and look forward to getting more work done by him in the future. The tat looks so good that it makes my old tattoo on my back look like crap. I think I'll have him touch that up too.

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Got a fairly large rib tat done last Sunday by Nando. The whole experience from planning to ink was very professional and top notch. I did some research myself before getting the tat done and people either recommended Laughing Buddha or Slave to the Needle. I did some further research myself and determined that Nando at Laughing Buddha was the person for my tattoo.

I brought in a print and asked for some input to add some more design/detail to the peice. In talking to Nando you'll instantly know that he's an experienced tattoo artist. I got great design advice and was able to give my input throughout several scetches.

In his office you'll see a library of tattoo books and lots of amazing framed pics of tattoos he's done in the past. I popped in my headphones and let him go to work for about 3hrs. The final product has some of the best line work I've ever seen! I'm really happy with the work he did and look forward to getting more work done by him in the future. The tat looks so good that it makes my old tattoo on my back look like crap. I think I'll have him touch that up too.

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I love you Thomas Wade! Really... I do. Thanks for covering up all of my bad experiences at other shops and creating new tatts that I love oh so much!

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I love you Thomas Wade! Really... I do. Thanks for covering up all of my bad experiences at other shops and creating new tatts that I love oh so much!

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I have been going to Nina for over 5 years. She fixed a horrible tattoo that no other artist would touch. I have since had multiple fairly large pieces by her and I am extremely happy with the art work. artist and environment.

I recently

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I have been going to Nina for over 5 years. She fixed a horrible tattoo that no other artist would touch. I have since had multiple fairly large pieces by her and I am extremely happy with the art work. artist and environment.

I recently

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I got my nose pierced there two years ago and I just got a tattoo done there a couple of weeks ago as well. I love Laughing Buddha!! They know their stuff and they're very knowledgeable and helpful. I got my tattoo done by Thomas and he

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I got my nose pierced there two years ago and I just got a tattoo done there a couple of weeks ago as well. I love Laughing Buddha!! They know their stuff and they're very knowledgeable and helpful. I got my tattoo done by Thomas and he

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I've had 4 piercings and 1 tattoo and by far Laughing Buddha is my favorite. They are clean, professional, and friendly. What I like most is how you are taken across the hall (for piercings) and watch as the piercer cleans everything from

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I've had 4 piercings and 1 tattoo and by far Laughing Buddha is my favorite. They are clean, professional, and friendly. What I like most is how you are taken across the hall (for piercings) and watch as the piercer cleans everything from

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Had a wild hair and decided to get a tattoo today! i'm glad i did! Dana gladly helped me out. She was wonderful! She was very nice and talked to me and made feel comfortable. and the work she did was amazing! exactly was i was looking

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Had a wild hair and decided to get a tattoo today! i'm glad i did! Dana gladly helped me out. She was wonderful! She was very nice and talked to me and made feel comfortable. and the work she did was amazing! exactly was i was looking

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I had a great experience here last summer when I was getting my very first tattoo. I found everyone I encountered there to be extremely professional. It was also spotlessly clean, which is really important when someone is going to be

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I had a great experience here last summer when I was getting my very first tattoo. I found everyone I encountered there to be extremely professional. It was also spotlessly clean, which is really important when someone is going to be

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This review is for their jewelry selection. They have almost everything or can get it in. i was VERY impressed. The girl that worked at the front desk was knowledgeable and welcoming. I had about a million questions, and she happily

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This review is for their jewelry selection. They have almost everything or can get it in. i was VERY impressed. The girl that worked at the front desk was knowledgeable and welcoming. I had about a million questions, and she happily

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I was pierced by Ruben.... he was AWESOME. Made me feel extremely comfortable, even though I was a bit nervous (been a while since I had gotten anything pierced). Yeah, it hurt, but he was super fast and they are healing nicely.\r
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I was pierced by Ruben.... he was AWESOME. Made me feel extremely comfortable, even though I was a bit nervous (been a while since I had gotten anything pierced). Yeah, it hurt, but he was super fast and they are healing nicely.\r
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I've been here for absolutely spectacular tattoos and piercings, and their brilliance has ruined me for other parlors. I would highly recommend Ruben for piercings-- of the sixteen I've had done, his work was far the best. He was very

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I've been here for absolutely spectacular tattoos and piercings, and their brilliance has ruined me for other parlors. I would highly recommend Ruben for piercings-- of the sixteen I've had done, his work was far the best. He was very

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Rarely do I feel compelled to write a review about a business (whether good or bad) but after leaving Laughing Buddha, I was so annoyed and frustrated that I had to say something to help people avoid this horrible shop in the future.

To say this place is unprofessional would be an understatement. After coming in to the shop for a mandatory consult, I arrived on the scheduled day for my tattoo appointment. My tattoo artist had no recollection of me or tattoo design. She finally pulled out her file and found my paperwork and said "oh yeah, I didn't even bother to prepare for this. What do you want again?" Awesome. We are off to a great start.

During the initial drawing phase, my tattoo artist completely left me and my friend for over 20 minutes while she ate cupcakes, shopped for jewelry around the store, told drunken stories from the night before, and even had other employees jiggle her breasts. Again, we are just standing and waiting for her to draw something... anything. Finally I ask her to work on the tattoo and she told me to give it a shot and draw it myself. Awesome customer service.

As time progressed, my friend gave up completely and told our artist she no longer even wanted to get a tattoo because of the horrible impression. The artist mocked her and told her she was a waste of the shops time. I had already put a deposit down and decided to go ahead since my tattoo was so simple and straightforward.

Yes, my tattoo turned out nicely. Yes, the tattoo shop was clean as other reviews have stated. But it was by far the worst tattoo experience I have ever had and will never go back.

It took us over four hours to get one small tattoo done and when we finally left to check out, not one person in the shop could run the register. Seriously. The shop asked me to figure out the price and to calculate any change back. The whole experience was horrible and made the shop look very unprofessional.

I am surprised their egos even fit in their stupid shop. One artist sat the entire four hours while I got my tattoo done and refused to take any walk-ins (even though he was completely free) because he is an "elitist" and "refuses to bother with stupid ugly tattoos."

Anyone ever contemplating this place - I say run the other way and head to Slave to the Needle. I have been to Slave to the Needle for all my other tattoos and piercings; I should have never tried another shop.

UPDATE: Michelle, the owner of Laughing Buddha, contacted me to apologize for my poor experience at the shop. I appreciated her effort and do feel more valued as a client now. Thank you Michelle for the gesture.

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Rarely do I feel compelled to write a review about a business (whether good or bad) but after leaving Laughing Buddha, I was so annoyed and frustrated that I had to say something to help people avoid this horrible shop in the future.

To say this place is unprofessional would be an understatement. After coming in to the shop for a mandatory consult, I arrived on the scheduled day for my tattoo appointment. My tattoo artist had no recollection of me or tattoo design. She finally pulled out her file and found my paperwork and said "oh yeah, I didn't even bother to prepare for this. What do you want again?" Awesome. We are off to a great start.

During the initial drawing phase, my tattoo artist completely left me and my friend for over 20 minutes while she ate cupcakes, shopped for jewelry around the store, told drunken stories from the night before, and even had other employees jiggle her breasts. Again, we are just standing and waiting for her to draw something... anything. Finally I ask her to work on the tattoo and she told me to give it a shot and draw it myself. Awesome customer service.

As time progressed, my friend gave up completely and told our artist she no longer even wanted to get a tattoo because of the horrible impression. The artist mocked her and told her she was a waste of the shops time. I had already put a deposit down and decided to go ahead since my tattoo was so simple and straightforward.

Yes, my tattoo turned out nicely. Yes, the tattoo shop was clean as other reviews have stated. But it was by far the worst tattoo experience I have ever had and will never go back.

It took us over four hours to get one small tattoo done and when we finally left to check out, not one person in the shop could run the register. Seriously. The shop asked me to figure out the price and to calculate any change back. The whole experience was horrible and made the shop look very unprofessional.

I am surprised their egos even fit in their stupid shop. One artist sat the entire four hours while I got my tattoo done and refused to take any walk-ins (even though he was completely free) because he is an "elitist" and "refuses to bother with stupid ugly tattoos."

Anyone ever contemplating this place - I say run the other way and head to Slave to the Needle. I have been to Slave to the Needle for all my other tattoos and piercings; I should have never tried another shop.

UPDATE: Michelle, the owner of Laughing Buddha, contacted me to apologize for my poor experience at the shop. I appreciated her effort and do feel more valued as a client now. Thank you Michelle for the gesture.

Pros: pretty much nothing

Cons: extremely rude and unprofessional, horrible customer service

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I've been here a few times, however this is only the last two visits.

My wife had her nipples pierced here back in 2008 by Kyle, however her left piercing ended up diagonal instead of horizontal (To be fair Kyle was at notably pleasant and friendly). Kyle explained it was just swelling, but 6 months later, no swelling and it was still completely askew. We contacted Laughing Buddha and explained the problem, we were told that the piercing would have to be removed and let it completely heal before it would need to be re-pierced, which was fine since it looked pretty retarded anyway.

So another 6 months pass and I want to get my lobes scalpeled up to 00-gauge (which I had been wanting for about a year or so), and my wife had, of course, completely healed at this point.

So I called to see if it was necessary to set up and appointment. In short I was told that in either case it was a walk-in. I also spoke to the artist who was on-staff (filling in for John D.) at the time who explained that the piercing I wanted done was an easy one to do and that he had 7+ years of doing scalpeling / body mods alone and more total experience than John D., **but** John D. wouldn't allow him to do it for some reason. The artist I spoke to was expressly annoyed by this.

Then I'm told that I have to wait for John D. to return from holiday or something, but nobody knew when that would be. I spend the next two weeks calling to find out if he's in because the staff still doesn't know when.

Finally I catch him in today and the two of us head over. First off, they refused to accept responsibility for the buggered up piercing they did a year ago, in spite of agreeing to fix it before. I sceptically conceded an additional piercing fee to them for my wife's work to be done. They tried to charge her for her old jewelry she brought in as well.

We met with John D. and the counter staff explain that John needs to do a consult for me for the work I want to have done. John then proceeds to wander off aimlessly ignoring me for the next 10 minutes until he comes back for my wife.

After listening to John trash about how sloppy Kyle's work was for a few minutes in the piercing(?) room I asked him again about doing that consult for me. He immediately told me "No." and seemed somewhat hostile and offered no further explanation, then went about ignoring me again.

me: "Errrr.... what exactly is the problem?"

John D: "The problem is that I'm not going to do that for you."

me: "ok... and why is that? Wouldn't you want to examine the tissue or anything first?"

John: "Because you don't have enough work done. If you came in here with full sleeves and and lots of facial piercings I would."

me: "Wait.... are you telling me i'm not f---ing hardcore enough to have my ears pierced?"

John: "Well, yes if you want to see it that way."

To preface this, I'm sitting here across from him, I have a green mohawk, Ive got a chain hanging off of me that could suspend a effing truck engine. I also have a few tatts, some visible, some covered. No effing butterflies or stupid meaningless ones either. I wait a year before I get a tatt idea inked to make sure it stands the test of time. Also I have one visible piercing.

Me: "how do you expect me to see it?"

John: "Well it's permanent. You're not committed enough at this point - it wont heal up so you cant get rid of it. If you had a lot of work done then there's already no going back."

Me: "Right, that's exactly what I want. It seems to me most of the people I know who are covered in ink start late-teens or earlier. there's an age group a lot more likely to be fickle. Should I be led to believe that the only reason that I can't get this piercing done is because you think I could still go live a white-collar life if I cleaned up a little?."

John: "I'm not going to help you."

Me: "Look, mate, I'm 30 years old. I'm not some bloody stupid kid who stole money out of the cookie tin. You don't seem to have a problem doing all those tramp-stamps and ankle-butterflies university chics come in here to get just to piss off Daddy. Those are permanent too, mate."

John: (ignores me)

Me: "How did you become the f---ing art-police? what if someone doesn't necessarily want full sleeves done? This is body art, not a f---ing social rank or badge of honour for pompous poser-hipsters."

John: (ignores me)

Me: "... Is there any medical reason why this would be a problem?"

John: "Look you should pierce them with 16-gauge and if you're sure you want 00(-gauge) you can stretch."

Me: "Are you telling me its not safe, you can't do it, or you wont do it?"

John: "No, its safe. I CAN do it, but I refuse to in your case"

I pretty much gave up after that. John needs to learn some respect and humility, also hit by a lorry.

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I've been here a few times, however this is only the last two visits.

My wife had her nipples pierced here back in 2008 by Kyle, however her left piercing ended up diagonal instead of horizontal (To be fair Kyle was at notably pleasant and friendly). Kyle explained it was just swelling, but 6 months later, no swelling and it was still completely askew. We contacted Laughing Buddha and explained the problem, we were told that the piercing would have to be removed and let it completely heal before it would need to be re-pierced, which was fine since it looked pretty retarded anyway.

So another 6 months pass and I want to get my lobes scalpeled up to 00-gauge (which I had been wanting for about a year or so), and my wife had, of course, completely healed at this point.

So I called to see if it was necessary to set up and appointment. In short I was told that in either case it was a walk-in. I also spoke to the artist who was on-staff (filling in for John D.) at the time who explained that the piercing I wanted done was an easy one to do and that he had 7+ years of doing scalpeling / body mods alone and more total experience than John D., **but** John D. wouldn't allow him to do it for some reason. The artist I spoke to was expressly annoyed by this.

Then I'm told that I have to wait for John D. to return from holiday or something, but nobody knew when that would be. I spend the next two weeks calling to find out if he's in because the staff still doesn't know when.

Finally I catch him in today and the two of us head over. First off, they refused to accept responsibility for the buggered up piercing they did a year ago, in spite of agreeing to fix it before. I sceptically conceded an additional piercing fee to them for my wife's work to be done. They tried to charge her for her old jewelry she brought in as well.

We met with John D. and the counter staff explain that John needs to do a consult for me for the work I want to have done. John then proceeds to wander off aimlessly ignoring me for the next 10 minutes until he comes back for my wife.

After listening to John trash about how sloppy Kyle's work was for a few minutes in the piercing(?) room I asked him again about doing that consult for me. He immediately told me "No." and seemed somewhat hostile and offered no further explanation, then went about ignoring me again.

me: "Errrr.... what exactly is the problem?"

John D: "The problem is that I'm not going to do that for you."

me: "ok... and why is that? Wouldn't you want to examine the tissue or anything first?"

John: "Because you don't have enough work done. If you came in here with full sleeves and and lots of facial piercings I would."

me: "Wait.... are you telling me i'm not f---ing hardcore enough to have my ears pierced?"

John: "Well, yes if you want to see it that way."

To preface this, I'm sitting here across from him, I have a green mohawk, Ive got a chain hanging off of me that could suspend a effing truck engine. I also have a few tatts, some visible, some covered. No effing butterflies or stupid meaningless ones either. I wait a year before I get a tatt idea inked to make sure it stands the test of time. Also I have one visible piercing.

Me: "how do you expect me to see it?"

John: "Well it's permanent. You're not committed enough at this point - it wont heal up so you cant get rid of it. If you had a lot of work done then there's already no going back."

Me: "Right, that's exactly what I want. It seems to me most of the people I know who are covered in ink start late-teens or earlier. there's an age group a lot more likely to be fickle. Should I be led to believe that the only reason that I can't get this piercing done is because you think I could still go live a white-collar life if I cleaned up a little?."

John: "I'm not going to help you."

Me: "Look, mate, I'm 30 years old. I'm not some bloody stupid kid who stole money out of the cookie tin. You don't seem to have a problem doing all those tramp-stamps and ankle-butterflies university chics come in here to get just to piss off Daddy. Those are permanent too, mate."

John: (ignores me)

Me: "How did you become the f---ing art-police? what if someone doesn't necessarily want full sleeves done? This is body art, not a f---ing social rank or badge of honour for pompous poser-hipsters."

John: (ignores me)

Me: "... Is there any medical reason why this would be a problem?"

John: "Look you should pierce them with 16-gauge and if you're sure you want 00(-gauge) you can stretch."

Me: "Are you telling me its not safe, you can't do it, or you wont do it?"

John: "No, its safe. I CAN do it, but I refuse to in your case"

I pretty much gave up after that. John needs to learn some respect and humility, also hit by a lorry.

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So I want to get my lobes scalpeled up to 00-gauge (which I had been wanting for about a year or so).

I spoke to the artist who was on-staff (filling in for John D.) at the time who explained that the piercing I wanted done was an easy one to do and that he had 7+ years of doing scalpeling / body mods alone and more total experience than John D., **but** John D. wouldn't allow him to do it for some reason. The artist I spoke to was expressly annoyed by this.

2 weeks later met with John D. and the counter staff explain that John needs to do a consult for me for the work I want to have done. John then proceeds to wander off aimlessly ignoring me for the next 10 minutes.

I asked him again about doing that consult for me. He immediately told me "No." and seemed somewhat hostile and offered no further explanation, then went about ignoring me again.

me: "Errrr.... what exactly is the problem?"

John: "The problem is that I'm not going to do that for you."

me: "ok... and why is that? Wouldn't you want to examine the tissue or anything first?"

John: "Because you don't have enough work done. If you came in here with full sleeves and and lots of facial piercings I would."

me: "Wait.... are you telling me i'm not f---ing hardcore enough to have my ears pierced?"

John: "Well, yes if you want to see it that way."

To preface this, I'm sitting here across from him, I have a green mohawk, Ive got a chain hanging off of me that could suspend a effing truck engine. I also have a few tatts, some visible, some covered. No effing butterflies or stupid meaningless ones either. I wait a year before I get a tatt idea inked to make sure it stands the test of time. Also I have one visible piercing.

Me: "how do you expect me to see it?"

John: "Well it's permanent. You're not committed enough at this point - it wont heal up so you cant get rid of it. If you had a lot of work done then there's already no going back."

Me: "Should I be led to believe that the only reason that I can't get this piercing done is because you think I could still go live a white-collar life if I cleaned up a little?"

John: "It's safe. I CAN do it, but I refuse to in your case"

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(cut down to 2k chars from 5k. check yelp for complete review)

So I want to get my lobes scalpeled up to 00-gauge (which I had been wanting for about a year or so).

I spoke to the artist who was on-staff (filling in for John D.) at the time who explained that the piercing I wanted done was an easy one to do and that he had 7+ years of doing scalpeling / body mods alone and more total experience than John D., **but** John D. wouldn't allow him to do it for some reason. The artist I spoke to was expressly annoyed by this.

2 weeks later met with John D. and the counter staff explain that John needs to do a consult for me for the work I want to have done. John then proceeds to wander off aimlessly ignoring me for the next 10 minutes.

I asked him again about doing that consult for me. He immediately told me "No." and seemed somewhat hostile and offered no further explanation, then went about ignoring me again.

me: "Errrr.... what exactly is the problem?"

John: "The problem is that I'm not going to do that for you."

me: "ok... and why is that? Wouldn't you want to examine the tissue or anything first?"

John: "Because you don't have enough work done. If you came in here with full sleeves and and lots of facial piercings I would."

me: "Wait.... are you telling me i'm not f---ing hardcore enough to have my ears pierced?"

John: "Well, yes if you want to see it that way."

To preface this, I'm sitting here across from him, I have a green mohawk, Ive got a chain hanging off of me that could suspend a effing truck engine. I also have a few tatts, some visible, some covered. No effing butterflies or stupid meaningless ones either. I wait a year before I get a tatt idea inked to make sure it stands the test of time. Also I have one visible piercing.

Me: "how do you expect me to see it?"

John: "Well it's permanent. You're not committed enough at this point - it wont heal up so you cant get rid of it. If you had a lot of work done then there's already no going back."

Me: "Should I be led to believe that the only reason that I can't get this piercing done is because you think I could still go live a white-collar life if I cleaned up a little?"

John: "It's safe. I CAN do it, but I refuse to in your case"

Pros: none. sorry guys.

Cons: Sloppy work, rude, flippantly unprofessional

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In these days of recession, you'd think a service oriented business would pay extra attention to customers who are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for their service. Imagine my surprise when, after waiting 2 weeks for my appointment, I am told Fernando is running an hour behind schedule. Ok, I get it,things happen. So I waste an a little over an hour until its time to get 'er done.

Fernando shows up almost 1 1/2 hours late from a previous client and no apologies, no be right with you, nothing. Is it too much to expect someone to acknowledge the fact that maybe they should have either: 1. told the current client they need to reschedule for finishing because they have another client waiting OR 2. tell the waiting client they need to reschedule so the first client can have their work finished?

At this point I fairly irritated. Now, Fernando starts working on the sketch for my tattoo. I find this a bit hap hazard and unprofessional as I had hoped more consideration and time would have been put into a piece of work I am going to be paying a lot of money for. So, now it's coming on being 2 hours behind my scheduled appointment start time and Fernando starts to eat his dinner. No, hey, I am dying. I haven't eaten all day. I would have understood.

We get to the ink room and I ask does running 2 hours behind normally happen? Fernando replies with he's uncomfortable doing the work now and wants to give my deposit back.

I am a pretty understanding person as my job often has appointments that run over the time I thought they would last. But, you know what? I call my next client and APOLOGIZE and let them know when I will be there. Then, I APOLOGIZE again and promise it won't happen again. That is called being professional and making sure you keep someone's business.

Again I say, in these tough times, you better be on your game in the customer service arena if you want to survive. Sooner or later the word is going to get out that you don't care about your clients and then you'll be sitting in your ink room wondering why no one is scheduling appointments with you anymore.

Fernando, I am not perfect and I make mistakes, but I do expect you to understand an apology is needed, not lame excuses about why you can't simply tell someone you're running behind and maybe it would be better to re-schedule. I understand you're eating for the first time today, but tell someone you need to eat before you fall on your face from hunger. When someone has already waited almost 2 hours, you should probably offer a little something like a discount or extra work or adding color to a tattoo. It goes a really long way and costs you almost nothing.
Now, it's cost you a few hundred dollars at least; not counting tip.

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In these days of recession, you'd think a service oriented business would pay extra attention to customers who are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for their service. Imagine my surprise when, after waiting 2 weeks for my appointment, I am told Fernando is running an hour behind schedule. Ok, I get it,things happen. So I waste an a little over an hour until its time to get 'er done.

Fernando shows up almost 1 1/2 hours late from a previous client and no apologies, no be right with you, nothing. Is it too much to expect someone to acknowledge the fact that maybe they should have either: 1. told the current client they need to reschedule for finishing because they have another client waiting OR 2. tell the waiting client they need to reschedule so the first client can have their work finished?

At this point I fairly irritated. Now, Fernando starts working on the sketch for my tattoo. I find this a bit hap hazard and unprofessional as I had hoped more consideration and time would have been put into a piece of work I am going to be paying a lot of money for. So, now it's coming on being 2 hours behind my scheduled appointment start time and Fernando starts to eat his dinner. No, hey, I am dying. I haven't eaten all day. I would have understood.

We get to the ink room and I ask does running 2 hours behind normally happen? Fernando replies with he's uncomfortable doing the work now and wants to give my deposit back.

I am a pretty understanding person as my job often has appointments that run over the time I thought they would last. But, you know what? I call my next client and APOLOGIZE and let them know when I will be there. Then, I APOLOGIZE again and promise it won't happen again. That is called being professional and making sure you keep someone's business.

Again I say, in these tough times, you better be on your game in the customer service arena if you want to survive. Sooner or later the word is going to get out that you don't care about your clients and then you'll be sitting in your ink room wondering why no one is scheduling appointments with you anymore.

Fernando, I am not perfect and I make mistakes, but I do expect you to understand an apology is needed, not lame excuses about why you can't simply tell someone you're running behind and maybe it would be better to re-schedule. I understand you're eating for the first time today, but tell someone you need to eat before you fall on your face from hunger. When someone has already waited almost 2 hours, you should probably offer a little something like a discount or extra work or adding color to a tattoo. It goes a really long way and costs you almost nothing.
Now, it's cost you a few hundred dollars at least; not counting tip.

Cons: Unprofessional and extremely poor customer service

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I made an Appt with Laughing Buddha based on a personal recommendation and also based on George Long?s portfolio. This was my first Tattoo and I searched and searched for a shop that wasn?t just plastered with books of ?point and ink me? tats. I wanted something intricate and custom; something that would require the artist to have a complete understanding and vision on the anatomy of a rare species of fish. George took my pictures and asked a multitude of questions to ensure my vision was accomplished.

He did his research and took his time to come up with something beyond imagination. Not only was George gentle and accommodating, but the entire process was done in a private room. The outcome was better than I could have ever hoped for. I will be back, and I will recommend it with gusto. There?s a reason it took a month to get in with George; he is that good.

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★★★★★

I made an Appt with Laughing Buddha based on a personal recommendation and also based on George Long?s portfolio. This was my first Tattoo and I searched and searched for a shop that wasn?t just plastered with books of ?point and ink me? tats. I wanted something intricate and custom; something that would require the artist to have a complete understanding and vision on the anatomy of a rare species of fish. George took my pictures and asked a multitude of questions to ensure my vision was accomplished.

He did his research and took his time to come up with something beyond imagination. Not only was George gentle and accommodating, but the entire process was done in a private room. The outcome was better than I could have ever hoped for. I will be back, and I will recommend it with gusto. There?s a reason it took a month to get in with George; he is that good.

Pros: Best artwork I have ever seen

Cons: Booked well in advance

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I just got my philtrum (aka medusa) pierced at Laughing Buddha and I thought the piercer (John) was very friendly. I would recommend anyone to get a piercing there.

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★★★★☆

I just got my philtrum (aka medusa) pierced at Laughing Buddha and I thought the piercer (John) was very friendly. I would recommend anyone to get a piercing there.

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I had my belly button ring done here a while ago, and the piercers were all extremely friendly and professional. I even called a year later to ask a question and they were very kind and knew what they were doing. I highly recommend the piercing artists.
Sadly it's a different story with my tattoo I got there. The man who did it was extremely rude, and pretended to give the other man fellatio in front of my 14 year old brother! In addition at the time of the actual piercing I couldn't stop twitching, and when I asked to take a break to stop the twitching he wouldn't let me. As a result there is now a small line coming off my tattoo, which he yelled at ME for! My friend got a tattoo there a few months later with the female tattoo artist, and she was quiet but did an excellent job.

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I had my belly button ring done here a while ago, and the piercers were all extremely friendly and professional. I even called a year later to ask a question and they were very kind and knew what they were doing. I highly recommend the piercing artists.
Sadly it's a different story with my tattoo I got there. The man who did it was extremely rude, and pretended to give the other man fellatio in front of my 14 year old brother! In addition at the time of the actual piercing I couldn't stop twitching, and when I asked to take a break to stop the twitching he wouldn't let me. As a result there is now a small line coming off my tattoo, which he yelled at ME for! My friend got a tattoo there a few months later with the female tattoo artist, and she was quiet but did an excellent job.

Pros: Good piercers, good individual employees

Cons: Some employees are extremely rude, spends so much time trying to be hip that it sacrifices basic proffesionalism

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I have used Laughing Buddha a few times; my first experience was to get my eyebrow pierced with my BFF, who got her Monroe pierced. Luis did me and he did a good job, but he was very rude and snobby to my friend. He did not do a good job of explaining how to clean or take care of new piercing.

Next time we went, my BFF got a tattoo on her foot. (her first tattoo) he did a crappy job of drawing it out with markers on her skin and then said it would look fine when he was done. He was pretty rude to her and the tattoo (thankfully) came out ok but not very confidant during the fact....

I forgot about the fact that both times we went, the people at the front desk were yelling and arguing at each other. One girl kept grabbing a dudes nipples and he's like "look stop" and she wouldn't, she just thought it was funny. They're just playing around and making a joke out of this beautiful art. I would never go back.

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I have used Laughing Buddha a few times; my first experience was to get my eyebrow pierced with my BFF, who got her Monroe pierced. Luis did me and he did a good job, but he was very rude and snobby to my friend. He did not do a good job of explaining how to clean or take care of new piercing.

Next time we went, my BFF got a tattoo on her foot. (her first tattoo) he did a crappy job of drawing it out with markers on her skin and then said it would look fine when he was done. He was pretty rude to her and the tattoo (thankfully) came out ok but not very confidant during the fact....

I forgot about the fact that both times we went, the people at the front desk were yelling and arguing at each other. One girl kept grabbing a dudes nipples and he's like "look stop" and she wouldn't, she just thought it was funny. They're just playing around and making a joke out of this beautiful art. I would never go back.

Pros: You get what you pay for.

Cons: HORRIBLE customer service, rude people and no education on your new piercing or tattoos.

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my girlfriend and i did a walk-in for tattoos and the people seemed friendly enough at first and the portfolios were impressive, but when we came back for our actual tats, there must have been a shift change because the new people were total jerks.
our artist, Dag, was AWESOME. very personable and nice, but everyone else was terrible!
i do not recommend it.

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★★☆☆☆

my girlfriend and i did a walk-in for tattoos and the people seemed friendly enough at first and the portfolios were impressive, but when we came back for our actual tats, there must have been a shift change because the new people were total jerks.
our artist, Dag, was AWESOME. very personable and nice, but everyone else was terrible!
i do not recommend it.

Pros: cool, talented artist

Cons: horrible customer service

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I have a few tattoos and have had several piercings.

The artists and technicians at Laughing Buddha are uniformly highly skilled, easy to talk to, put you at ease without babying you, and truly just know what they are doing.

George Long has been working on my latest tattoo - he created new, beautiful, and unique art for the ship's anchor on the my arm. He doesn't kid me about it hurting and just encourages me to relax and get through it. I plan to work with him for the next decade on the large piece of which the anchor is just a start.

Luis is my piercer. He did my labret (under bottom lip) and Prince Albert (wang, look it up elsewhere). He's awesome and relates directly to the experience. His advice is awesome.

One complaint: Luis even agrees, they do not stock a wide enough range of piercing jewelry. Say, a 6ga curved barbell for a PA, or even the 8ga ring... etc. I don't know how common these things are, but I would expect them to keep 1 or 2 in stock at all times. Sometimes getting a new piercing is something you REALLY WANT, but you have to be in the right frame of mind. Having to wait kinda puts a damper on that sense of personal urgency. I suspect they've lost business to competitors for this reason alone.

That said, they do have a wide selection of truly beautiful piercing jewelry for more common places like ears and nipples and what-not.

Go to them for their expert skills - plan ahead for abnormal or large piercings.

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★★★★☆

I have a few tattoos and have had several piercings.

The artists and technicians at Laughing Buddha are uniformly highly skilled, easy to talk to, put you at ease without babying you, and truly just know what they are doing.

George Long has been working on my latest tattoo - he created new, beautiful, and unique art for the ship's anchor on the my arm. He doesn't kid me about it hurting and just encourages me to relax and get through it. I plan to work with him for the next decade on the large piece of which the anchor is just a start.

Luis is my piercer. He did my labret (under bottom lip) and Prince Albert (wang, look it up elsewhere). He's awesome and relates directly to the experience. His advice is awesome.

One complaint: Luis even agrees, they do not stock a wide enough range of piercing jewelry. Say, a 6ga curved barbell for a PA, or even the 8ga ring... etc. I don't know how common these things are, but I would expect them to keep 1 or 2 in stock at all times. Sometimes getting a new piercing is something you REALLY WANT, but you have to be in the right frame of mind. Having to wait kinda puts a damper on that sense of personal urgency. I suspect they've lost business to competitors for this reason alone.

That said, they do have a wide selection of truly beautiful piercing jewelry for more common places like ears and nipples and what-not.

Go to them for their expert skills - plan ahead for abnormal or large piercings.

Pros: Skilled artists and technicians, knowledgeable staff, great selection of common jewelry

Cons: I, personally, seem to have to order and wait on stuff for too damn long.

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I went here to have my ears pierced and had a great experience. Everyone was nice and the wait to get it done was short, even on a Friday night.

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★★★★★

I went here to have my ears pierced and had a great experience. Everyone was nice and the wait to get it done was short, even on a Friday night.

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I went to Laughing Buddha to get my nostril pierced and Luis did a wonderful job. He was very calm, kept me calm, and it barely hurt. I would highly recommend this place for piercings. On the other hand though, I called a week after I got pierced because I was curious what kind of jewelry I had lodged in my nose. I went in thinking I was going to get a nostril screw, but I came out with something that looked completely different than a nostril screw. So, a week after I got pierced I called and talked to one of the piercers to find out more information about what type of jewelry I had in my nose (just because I had done some research and started to think I had gotten a nostril bone, which is difficult and painful to remove). I wasn't calling to ask how to remove it... I wasn't calling to bash their jewelry... I was merely calling because I didn't know what had been placed in my nostril and I was curious! After posing my question, the piercer I talked to on the phone reprimanded me for messing with my piercing (which I wasn't doing!) and became very defensive saying that they used they highest grade jewelry possible. That's fine... I wasn't questioning that! I just wanted to know the name of the piece of jewelry that was in my nose, whether it was a screw, barbell, bone, post, etc. He was incredibly rude to me and I just couldn't believe someone at a business like this would speak so terribly to someone who had paid nearly $70 for a piercing, and asked a mere question. It was a great place to get pierced, but after the phone incident I'll think twice about calling for any advice or help.

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I went to Laughing Buddha to get my nostril pierced and Luis did a wonderful job. He was very calm, kept me calm, and it barely hurt. I would highly recommend this place for piercings. On the other hand though, I called a week after I got pierced because I was curious what kind of jewelry I had lodged in my nose. I went in thinking I was going to get a nostril screw, but I came out with something that looked completely different than a nostril screw. So, a week after I got pierced I called and talked to one of the piercers to find out more information about what type of jewelry I had in my nose (just because I had done some research and started to think I had gotten a nostril bone, which is difficult and painful to remove). I wasn't calling to ask how to remove it... I wasn't calling to bash their jewelry... I was merely calling because I didn't know what had been placed in my nostril and I was curious! After posing my question, the piercer I talked to on the phone reprimanded me for messing with my piercing (which I wasn't doing!) and became very defensive saying that they used they highest grade jewelry possible. That's fine... I wasn't questioning that! I just wanted to know the name of the piece of jewelry that was in my nose, whether it was a screw, barbell, bone, post, etc. He was incredibly rude to me and I just couldn't believe someone at a business like this would speak so terribly to someone who had paid nearly $70 for a piercing, and asked a mere question. It was a great place to get pierced, but after the phone incident I'll think twice about calling for any advice or help.

Pros: Wonderful Piercing Skills!

Cons: Poor Customer Service

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I went in a little over 3 months ago to get a tattoo on my arm; it was my fourth and my first time at Laughing Buddha. I've been tattooed in Vegas, California and Maui and by far this was my favorite place. Okay, with the exception that I was in Maui for one of them. :)
The staff was very helpful, professional and I actually had a great time. My friends came in with me and they had a blast joking around with the artist. I would highly recommend this shop for a first timer simply because I think they have a combination of a great attitude and kick back atmosphere.

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★★★★★

I went in a little over 3 months ago to get a tattoo on my arm; it was my fourth and my first time at Laughing Buddha. I've been tattooed in Vegas, California and Maui and by far this was my favorite place. Okay, with the exception that I was in Maui for one of them. :)
The staff was very helpful, professional and I actually had a great time. My friends came in with me and they had a blast joking around with the artist. I would highly recommend this shop for a first timer simply because I think they have a combination of a great attitude and kick back atmosphere.

Pros: Clean, friendly and talented

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I had been drawing a tattoo on my foot for five years and I finally decided that I would go and actually get it done with a couple of my friends who also wanted tats. We had heard that Laughing Buddha was a good place to go so we decided to check it out and i'm SO glad we did. Like other reviews said, parking is not that difficult to find and they will seriously spend time with you talking about your options. I ended up not getting the one on my foot because the artists explained to me how feet and hands don't hold ink very well and it would have had to have been huge--which is not what I wanted. I chose a different tattoo instead on my hip bone and the artist I had was amazing! He was very talented, professional and quick. They also give you after care instructions and ointment. I LOVE my tat and it healed perfectly. They also have a huge collection of piercings and plugs. I would definitely go back if I decide to get another tat in the future.

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★★★★★

I had been drawing a tattoo on my foot for five years and I finally decided that I would go and actually get it done with a couple of my friends who also wanted tats. We had heard that Laughing Buddha was a good place to go so we decided to check it out and i'm SO glad we did. Like other reviews said, parking is not that difficult to find and they will seriously spend time with you talking about your options. I ended up not getting the one on my foot because the artists explained to me how feet and hands don't hold ink very well and it would have had to have been huge--which is not what I wanted. I chose a different tattoo instead on my hip bone and the artist I had was amazing! He was very talented, professional and quick. They also give you after care instructions and ointment. I LOVE my tat and it healed perfectly. They also have a huge collection of piercings and plugs. I would definitely go back if I decide to get another tat in the future.

Pros: clean, fast, professional

Cons: little more expensive, but worth it

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I would tell anybody to go talk to these guys before getting a tattoo. They were extremely helpful, and discouraged my boyfriend from making any hasty decisions about his tat. Several artists spent time talking to us about it, problem solving, and drawing it up. He ended up with a totally awesome tattoo which healed perfectly. These guys will really go out of their way for you, and I would definitely go to them for any body mods I have done in the future. (I'm pierced, inked, and branded.) They also have a fantastic selection of body jewelry. If you have piercings, you really should check it out! Don't take my word for it, stop by the Laughing Buddha and you'll see what a body art studio should be!

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★★★★★

I would tell anybody to go talk to these guys before getting a tattoo. They were extremely helpful, and discouraged my boyfriend from making any hasty decisions about his tat. Several artists spent time talking to us about it, problem solving, and drawing it up. He ended up with a totally awesome tattoo which healed perfectly. These guys will really go out of their way for you, and I would definitely go to them for any body mods I have done in the future. (I'm pierced, inked, and branded.) They also have a fantastic selection of body jewelry. If you have piercings, you really should check it out! Don't take my word for it, stop by the Laughing Buddha and you'll see what a body art studio should be!

Pros: We found parking right across the street behind the bank, after a little difficulty because we're out-of-towners.

Cons: It's upstairs in the mall.

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I've had 2 tats done by Dag and I'm am still thrilled with them after 3 years! I gave him a picture of what I wanted and he turned it into the best tattoo!!! Very clean, great prices, very talented people!!!

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★★★★★

I've had 2 tats done by Dag and I'm am still thrilled with them after 3 years! I gave him a picture of what I wanted and he turned it into the best tattoo!!! Very clean, great prices, very talented people!!!

Pros: Dag, Clean, Prices

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I went in to Laughing Buddha last night to see about getting a ring tattooed on my finger, Nando (the same Fernando that got another great review on this site) was happy to help me and we made an appointment for later that night. When I arrived he was friendly, helpful, and set to work trying to draw exactly what it was I wanted. I never felt rushed, and he never seemed put out. The actual tattooing was thoughtful, impressively clean, pleasant and it turned out perfectly. If I ever get another tattoo - which is likely - I will be driving up from Eugene, OR to see Nando again at Laughing Buddha. The other staff I encountered were equally as pleasant and helpful. Great place. Not at all intimidating. Thank you, Nando!!!

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★★★★★

I went in to Laughing Buddha last night to see about getting a ring tattooed on my finger, Nando (the same Fernando that got another great review on this site) was happy to help me and we made an appointment for later that night. When I arrived he was friendly, helpful, and set to work trying to draw exactly what it was I wanted. I never felt rushed, and he never seemed put out. The actual tattooing was thoughtful, impressively clean, pleasant and it turned out perfectly. If I ever get another tattoo - which is likely - I will be driving up from Eugene, OR to see Nando again at Laughing Buddha. The other staff I encountered were equally as pleasant and helpful. Great place. Not at all intimidating. Thank you, Nando!!!

Pros: clean, friendly, not intimidating

Cons: none

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Going by common perceptions, I'm sure you'd expect anything buy professionalism when you step in and see that every employee is peirced and tatooed from head to toe, but these guys definitely take their work seriously. I got my first and only piercing done here and had the jewelry replace a year later, there. Both times I was treated with respect and care and the results were great.

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★★★★☆

Going by common perceptions, I'm sure you'd expect anything buy professionalism when you step in and see that every employee is peirced and tatooed from head to toe, but these guys definitely take their work seriously. I got my first and only piercing done here and had the jewelry replace a year later, there. Both times I was treated with respect and care and the results were great.

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I have a low pain tolerance but I had my heart set out on getting a tattoo. I abhor shots and the nurses have to call two security guards to hold me down but the gentleness and care of the artist (Fernando) at Laughing Buddha was absolutely pain-free. The whole experience was therapeutic and relaxing.

To make a comfortable atmosphere, the artists and receptionists are constantly conversating with their customers. I went to various tattoo parlors all over Puget Sound and put deposits towards tattoos in different locations and now I realize that spending that money was well worth it because I found my place at Laughing Buddha, after scrutinizing other artists work and their workplace. The people at LB are honest and do the best they can do to do what is right for you. That is GREAT customer service and I am a more than satisfied customer.

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★★★★★

I have a low pain tolerance but I had my heart set out on getting a tattoo. I abhor shots and the nurses have to call two security guards to hold me down but the gentleness and care of the artist (Fernando) at Laughing Buddha was absolutely pain-free. The whole experience was therapeutic and relaxing.

To make a comfortable atmosphere, the artists and receptionists are constantly conversating with their customers. I went to various tattoo parlors all over Puget Sound and put deposits towards tattoos in different locations and now I realize that spending that money was well worth it because I found my place at Laughing Buddha, after scrutinizing other artists work and their workplace. The people at LB are honest and do the best they can do to do what is right for you. That is GREAT customer service and I am a more than satisfied customer.

Pros: Inexpensive, Customer Service, Aftercare

Cons: Artist was 1hr late

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I love the people and i love the place, they are very professional, and very talented, the receptionists are funny as hell. If you want a tattoo a good one, where everyone has wonderful customer service, great prices, and you will love them.

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★★★★★

I love the people and i love the place, they are very professional, and very talented, the receptionists are funny as hell. If you want a tattoo a good one, where everyone has wonderful customer service, great prices, and you will love them.

Pros: proffesional, talented, inexpensive

Cons: N/A, N/A, N/A

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Laughing Buddha is located on the trendy Capitol Hill. The staff is huge and they do amazing work. Seemingly all hand picked the staff is knowledgable and ready to make a masterpiece out of YOU.

PROS: Staff, Selection, Setting, Clean
CONS: Parking sucks

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★★★★☆

Laughing Buddha is located on the trendy Capitol Hill. The staff is huge and they do amazing work. Seemingly all hand picked the staff is knowledgable and ready to make a masterpiece out of YOU.

PROS: Staff, Selection, Setting, Clean
CONS: Parking sucks

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I had my tattoo done a few years ago. A piercing too as a matter of fact. The people there are nice and professional but uncheesy. Many choices for tattoos are available. The selection for piercing related jewelery is quite plenty.
I am glad this place is still around and going strong.
I have had nothing but good experiences there.

PROS: Wide choices for tattoo and piercings
Nice folks
CONS: None so far!

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★★★★☆

I had my tattoo done a few years ago. A piercing too as a matter of fact. The people there are nice and professional but uncheesy. Many choices for tattoos are available. The selection for piercing related jewelery is quite plenty.
I am glad this place is still around and going strong.
I have had nothing but good experiences there.

PROS: Wide choices for tattoo and piercings
Nice folks
CONS: None so far!

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Very professional! Felt very comfortable! I got my first piercing there a few years back and love it! Everyone there is fantastic. So when I recently decide to get another piercing, I went back and brought along a friend who wanted to get her first piercing. We both came out very happy and felt very welcome. Would recommend this place to EVERYONE!

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★★★★★

Very professional! Felt very comfortable! I got my first piercing there a few years back and love it! Everyone there is fantastic. So when I recently decide to get another piercing, I went back and brought along a friend who wanted to get her first piercing. We both came out very happy and felt very welcome. Would recommend this place to EVERYONE!

Pros: Clean, Friendly , Professional

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Laughing Buddha on Broadway is the cream of the crop when it comes to tattooing and piercing. They really know what they're doing. Conviently located in the heart of Capitol Hill you can't help but stop in and get some work done. They have a wide selection of unique body jewelry and very skilled piercers. Their tattoo artists are extremely skilled with very unique drawings. You can go in with an idea and they'll draw it like they were in your head! They also are very sanitary and make sure you know how to take care of your new piercings and tattoos. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

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Laughing Buddha on Broadway is the cream of the crop when it comes to tattooing and piercing. They really know what they're doing. Conviently located in the heart of Capitol Hill you can't help but stop in and get some work done. They have a wide selection of unique body jewelry and very skilled piercers. Their tattoo artists are extremely skilled with very unique drawings. You can go in with an idea and they'll draw it like they were in your head! They also are very sanitary and make sure you know how to take care of your new piercings and tattoos. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

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