Might come to Vegas for all my tats from now on. Absolutely loved this place. Got a clipper ship in old school style on my rib cage and while it felt like lightning and wild fire in that location I was entertained with hilarious banter between the guys during my session and great music (they had on some folksy porch music like Avett brothers, drive by truckers, Todd snider kinda stuff).
It's clear these guys are a special group and they care about their work. I'd recommend it to anyone and hope to come back soon for another one.
They took me as a walk in, worked w me on my design, and the tat only took a couple of hours.
Came to downtown tattoo about a month ago with a friend from out of town, she wanted to get a tattoo so I decided to get one with her. We came in on a Friday night around 8:45-9:00, we were kindly greeted by the receptionist boy, he warmly welcomed us in and told us to feel free to look around.
My friend was getting a simple cursive name on her back, and me a small rose about 4 inches on my wrist. I had mine done by Ryan, not sure who did my friend. Both were nice but you could tell they didn't feel like working anymore that night. I realize we came in one hour to closing, however we were getting very small tats and our requests were not that complicated. They remained professional but made us feel uncomfortable, halfway through they turned off the music and then it was just awkward silence the rest of the time. They definitely seemed annoyed with us and I overheard the other guy muttering snarky remarks to Ryan under his breath.
The shop was CLEAN, smelled nice and the artists were very sanitary in their work stations. Really cool vibe, lots of sample art on the walls, etc. Our tattoos came out pretty good for the most part except something about mine doesn't seem right-- looks a little unfinished. And the print on my friends ended up looking a little grayish instead of black. But both of our tattoos look nice and healed healthily, the artists did their job. I just wish they would have been a little friendlier, considering we are paying customers and tipped them both generously (over 30%).
***Side note: I could be wrong as to who did my tattoo-- they didn't introduce themselves. Also their Yelp page says they accept credit cards, but once it was time to pay they had us walk to some sketchy gas station to get cash out from the ATM (reception boy escorted us though which was nice).
I just went and I've got nothing but good stuff to say. Great and friendly vibe, great tattoo by Ross, good music and clean and good setup.
A fantastic place which I will return to when I'm in vegas next time!
Got my recent traditional pieces done by Eric A. He's a very friendly and cool guy who is definitely passionate about his trade. He is open to different ideas and concepts, and executes them very well in the shop. Eric is a great mix of professionalism without compromising on comfort or personality. His work has consistently received lots of praise and compliments from others, and I never forget to tell them who to go to. I'm looking forward to returning for some more pieces very soon!
My husband and I were in Vegas for the weekend and came to the shop to have a tattoo done by Britney for our 5 year anniversary. The shop was easy to find and there was lots of parking around the back. From the second we walked in there was a welcoming vibe and the atmosphere was so chill. The shop itself is super funky...full of amazing art and tons of interesting things to look at and it's evident that the artists take pride in what they do. There were people coming in and out all afternoon getting tattoos and the artists were just so laid back and friendly - they clearly have a great time working at the shop. Everything was beyond clean and very organized too.
Britney is an incredibly talented artist and so down to earth. She took an idea that we had and put her own spin on it and it turned out beautifully. She's a genuinely nice person and makes the tattooing experience very personal and comfortable. We love her work and the shop and we'll definitely make the trip from LA to get more pieces done in the future.
I went in to Downtown Tattoo August 13, 2014 which was my 36th birthday. I had called ahead and spoke with Ryan about what I wanted, by the time I got there he already had it drawn, it was the Prince symbol because I love him greatly and wanted nothing else on me. It is my 1st tattoo so of course I was nervous about the pain factor. Yeah it hurt, but I didn't die or get any infection so I am a very pleased customer. Ryan did a great job at centering the tat where I wanted and drawing it perfectly. I'm nothing but satisfied with my new art work, I love it!
Britney is the bees knees. I've been going to her consistently for a little over a year And she has done a number of things on my arm. Just do your self a favor and stop in and check her out!! I live in California but make the trek out to see her!
Ryan was awesome, great personality and really quick! He did an awesome job I'm just sad we don't live here so we can come back!! Thanks again
My first time to Vegas and I decided to get my first tat. I was in downtown and did a yelp and found some nice reviews on this place.
I went an hour before closing time and the place was tidy and nice. Ross was the guy. I had the tribal dragon picture on my phone. Ross took a copy of it and managed to stick it on my arm. He said he never did any dragons and this was my first tat.
Ross did an excellent job. He was cool and did the job well and fast. I got it on 12/29 and it is super now. I had very little itch in the healing process. My friends love it. Still caring it until it is three weeks.
He was patient, he stayed out late for me, had a nice chat. I dint had cash on me and my friends were getting it and it was delayed more, but he was cool.
Overall - Nice place to a tat, crew is nice and cool!
We came to downtown tat after reading reviews here on yelp & couldn't be MORE happy! Joey opened the shop up early for us,(it was super hot out)... Buddy was our artist-- he did a GREAT job, super professional! Thanks for making our 7yr anniversary more memorable!!
These guys are awesome! I recommend Buddy! Thanks for the new ink. See you next time im in Vegas!
Worked with Ross for about two weeks emailing from the east coast to get everything set up for my arrival in Las Vegas. He was easy to work with and when I got to the shop everything was ready to go and we got started right away. Two others from the conference I was attending decided to get work done and a quick phone call to Ross an hour before my appointment got both of them in with other artists. The work was amazing.
Nothing but yes yes yes. Immaculate shop, super talented artists and a welcoming atmosphere here. I've been to a lot of shops in Las Vegas over the years and most of the time their is a "too cool for school" air and they act like they're doing you a favor by working on you. Not here. Buddy and his crew are knowledgable, laid back and good for some laughs. I really was impressed by my entire experience with them and plan to go back soon! My husband just got started with Buddy today and is going back later this week. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Buddy is one of the nicest people thst happens to do beautiful work also. His work is so good that I was in a store one day and received a compliment on it from someone that recognized his art. His prices are reasonable and in my opinion he should be charging more. Best tattoo shop in Vegas! And he doesn't bankroll me to say that. Don't go anywhere else. But schedule first because he is really busy at times. All work that comes out of his shop is beautiful.
After a traumatic life experience, when you realize how fragile life is, and how exactly important life is, what do you? You get a mother fucking tattoo!
So, my sister and I decided, we have the cash to blow, let's go get this "sisterfriend" tattoo that we've been talking about for forever. My sister wanted to head to a place that she had gone to before, but I don't like the vibe. I don't know if it's just me, but some tattoo shops, they look at you like, what the fuck are you doing here? and they're kind of fucking asshole pricks... Yeah, didn't encounter that here at all.
Once arriving at our destination, I checked in on my faithful Yelp app (as we motha freakin' Elite do, y'all) and saw that I get One Free Belly Dance from Joey. While Joey went to get ready, my sister and I met with our tattoo artist, Ryan and Justin. I'm much more the princess type and my sister is much more Rock N Roll. We had an idea for a tattoo "So different, yet so the same, two sisters" and one day, I cleverly realized we couldn't have the same exact tattoo. They will read the same, but the style will be different. These guys got it. Ryan does amazing print work. Did a beautiful cursive flowy print that could be highlighted with my sisters and I's favorite colors. Ryan came up with this really awesome Rock N Roll font. While the guys set up shop, Joey came out and bellydanced! He was awesome and everyone in the shop was grinning ear to ear. Big props for Joey! You're awesome, dude.
Justin and Ryan banged out our tattoos and they turned out perfect. Better than I could have ever, expected. Told us to come back if we needed any touch ups once the pieces were healed.
The shop was clean, the guys were warm and welcoming, and if I'm getting more ink, I will for sure be hitting up Downtown Tattoo! Great artist, great shop!
Pro Tip: PARKING IN THE REAR. CASH ONLY.
I go to buddy, the shop owner. The work isn't the only reason why I come here, Buddy himself is a beautiful angel of a man with the most gentle and soft features and his angelic demeanor puts me at ease when he's got his hands on my bare skin.
But seriously, not only is he super professional and his work is amazing, solid, and bright but the work holds up year after year. People ask me if I just got my tattoos even though I've had them for 4 years now. I have my sleeves done by him and most of my chest. Don't be fooled by the downtown location though, this is one of the cleanest shop in Las Vegas. Most of the work that comes out of this shop is American Traditional but I'm sure they can take care of you. All the work is custom, not some crap from a binder or poster on a wall that you pick out and get ripped off for. Don't expect "your cousin's cheap tattoo from his living room" cost or quality here, if you're looking for a cheap deal, you probably shouldn't be getting tattooed anyway. The cost here is fair but I'd consider it cheap considering how solid and clean the work is.
I hate to give a one star but my experience just keeps getting worse.
I went to Vegas as an anniversary trip with my gf. We had been wanting to get tattoos together, and after briefly looking at the reviews here we went to the shop.
We were very detailed in what we wanted, which was the yin yang symbol, half on one person, and the other half on the other. Everything seemed fine as the artist did my gfs tat. When he was done, he covered hers and put the stencil on me and asked if it was centered. I looked in the mirror and yes, it was centered on my ankle. I didn't think anything else of it as he finished the tat. Later when we unwrapped to clean, we realized that they do not fit together, they overlap on the same side.
When we called to ask for our options (money back), we were told that it was our fault for not making sure they match. After all, it was my job to see through the black bandage on her leg and see if they match. All he asked me to do was check in the mirror to see if it's centered.
I was told that they do not offer refunds and all they can do is fill in the rest and completely change the meaning.
Now, It's been a little over a week, I clean it multiple times a day and it looks like I have a burn on my ankle with spots of purple ink in it. I suppose the ink isn't holding.
I should have read all the reviews on here, as the ink not holding was mentioned somewhere else as well.
All I can say is that if I do send someone to this place, it will be an enemy.
Got some tattoos fixed by Buddy at the tattoo convention in reno,nevada. ant wait to book a flight to vegas to get more work done. He was very nice and charming cant wait to go to the shop.
Today turned into a great day. I just got back from Afghanistan and am going through some other personal shit so on a whim was like I NEED a tattoo... And after going here I know I'll have no regrets. Joey answered the phone and I was pleasantly surprised at how effin delightful this guy was. I mean just a sweetheart! Then I saw this man dance. Oh boy he didn't half ass the dance. Incredibly seductive.... I digress. Buddy did an amazing job. Not only is he extremely talented, he's waaaay easy to talk to and he's incredibly efficient. In no way did he rush my tat, he listened to me, gave me some awesome feedback, sketched it up, tatted me up perfectly and I'm so in love with my tat and these guys. Keep up the great work fellas! See you soon.
I was directed to Downtown Tattoo by my boyfriend after he saw my horrible tattoo done by another shop in town. To quote my boyfriend, "it looks like a kindergartener did that." The meaning behind the tattoo runs deeper than the ink and I was ready to get it done right!
I was a horrible customer, in the normal terms of complaining and fidgeting on the table. Buddy Holiday and ALL of his staff were more than welcoming and treated me with respect and understanding. The shop is very clean, with an open setup that was new to me with a bright and welcoming atmosphere. I would go here again in a heart beat and would recommend this shop to any local or visitor.
THANKS AGAIN BUDDY!
Just got the coolest Creature from the Black Lagoon tattoo from Ryan He took the time to it to do it right and was very fun to work with. This place definitely makes you feel at home. Thanks I will be back.
The people here are cool and nice.
Eight months ago I asked for a white ink tattoo.
When obtaining a white ink tattoo, it's imperative that the tattoo artist knows not to press the stencil down too hard, which is exactly what this artist did. I really liked these guys but seriously, I have what looks like a cross between a burn scar/ half charchole imprint/ on my wrist. It's like this gray sottering mark. It's not even a little bit white.
It isn't like I can ask for a new goddamn arm, and I'm not going to put some colored shit over it, because it's my wrist. I went in to have them fix it once and all it did was scar it.
Usually people exclaim "Oh, my GOD - what did you do to your arm?!?!" Or my favorite
"Wow what phase of tattoo removal are you in for that? Does the laser removal hurt."
Honestly, I have a sense of humor about it all. What the fuck am I going to do ya know?
I've seen the work these guys have done on other people and it's awesome, but honestly, every time I look at my arm I have to force myself to laugh at how awful it is - and at least take down my 5 star review of this place.
My wife and I decided to get a tattoo on our honeymoon, but the travel agent in Mexico said to get it in the States, so on our next trip we decided to go for it. My wife got a double heart design that was from our wedding. I have had two other tattoos before so I decided to go with the largest I have gotten so far and got a Chicago White Sox logo on my left calf. I didn't come in with the design, but they were able to get it fast.
Joey was really good. He started with me (my wife wanted to see it done before she got her first one). Joey talked with us the entire time. He began to notice when I needed a break and let me take the time I needed. He even gave me a couple of Red Vines (I love those things!). In the end, I was extremely happy with my new ink. He made sure everything was done well and protected afterwards.
My wife got a smaller one than mine and she was shocked when her was done much faster than mine.
I have waited a while to see how the healing on both of our tattoo's went and I am glad that we won't be needing touch ups! The healing is pretty much done and no complaints at all. This is the best experience I have ever had with a tattoo shop. I highly recommend them and the work they do.
I got my tattoo here last June, so I'm a bit late, but time reveals all!
I went to Las Vegas on a mother-daughter trip, and my mom and I decided to get our first tattoos together (she's 51, I'm 20). We were sketched out by the sleaze on the Strip, so we decided to head out a ways and check our options. I searched Yelp for tattoo parlors in the area, and Downtown had the best reviews, so we showed up unannounced on a Tuesday afternoon.
Immediately I got a good vibe. Awesome shop (loved the taxidermied animals) and the guys were friendly. We talked a bit about what we wanted in terms of design (I favor black and white, minimalist, tribal; my mom favored bright colors and curved lines).
I was tattooed by Buddy Holiday (best name ever), who could tell I was nervous. He joked with me the whole time (~45 minutes) and made the experience enjoyable. My mom was tattooed by Ryan Phillips, who was also great.
The guys were incredibly professional (we got tattoos that aren't usually publicly visible), helpful and fun. They explained the aftercare to us thoroughly. When we walked out of the shop, we knew we had picked the right place.
Made getting my first tattoo quick, comfortable and very fun.
Buddy tattooed my friend and I, and did an excellent job executing exactly what we wanted. He was able to sketch an amazing piece for my friend right on the spot, and though the designs we got were fairly simple, it was evident, even from our brief experience, that he was extremely talented.
We're both thrilled with the results, and had a good time while we were there.
This shop is very clean- watched them open brand new sterilized needle before each tat, and everyone we spoke with was an absolute professional.
Great shop! Walked in yesterday and was greeted by Buddy. Within 5 minutes I had my appointment set for the next day with Ross. The shop was very clean and had a great atmosphere to be in. Ross took my unfinished koi tattoo and after 1 session turned it into something even greater than I had expected. With still more sessions to go I can't wait to get back in the chair in a few weeks and see what he can do.
I think I have found my new "go to" shop here in Vegas. Definitely will be suggesting it to everyone who wants some work done.
Three of us went to Vegas for a long weekend. We all wanted to get our first tattoo.
After studying Yelp, we had a place all picked out just a few hundred yards from Downtown Tattoo.
But that place was closed all weekend for some sort of anniversary celebration.
We had walked by Downtown Tattoo many times before, but never walked in.
All three of us jumped into the process of getting our our first tattoo.
Each of us had a different artist and each artist was respectful and helpful.
Two of us knew exactly what we wanted. If you get your first tattoo there, I recommend knowing exactly what you want. If you are getting words, they can help you decide upon the font, but I suggest knowing exactly what font you want. Anyway, I think the three of us were relatively picky and we all came away happy.
We will probably all get our second tattoos there as well.
What a REAL tattoo shop looks like.
Great work and nice people, too.
This place is rad, located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas! Come for the great work stay for the stories of the neighborhood crackheads/weirdos
My husband introduced me to this shop & I couldn't be any happier with the work I've had done. Buddy (shop owner) is an incredible artist. He's a perfectionist & has a ton of pride in his work. I have been tattooed by a few other shops in Vegas, but nowhere else has made me feel as comfortable as this place has. I wont settle for any shop other then Downtown Tattoo.
Ps- white tattoos on white people are fucking stupid. Get some bright colors & wear your ink with pride.
I was going to Vegas for vacation and I found Downtown Tattoo on Yelp because when I searched best tattoo shop Vegas they came up. This is so true! Buddy is great and I love my tattoo! Most shops in Vegas charge ridiculous prices cause it's Vegas but Buddy is reasonable and worth the travel to downtown. Definitely check this place out :)
Buddy holiday is the best tattoo artist in Las Vegas period. He does amazing traditional style tattoos at incredible prices. The tattoo shop is close to freemont street and was easy to find parking.
My husband and I had gone to Vegas from Long Beach for our wedding and knew that we wanted new tat's while in town. We both have many large tat's already so we know how to do our research when looking for a new shop or artist. I called around to a few of the shops I was looking at just to get a feel for them. The other shops I called just didn't give me a good vibe but for some reason Downtown Tattoo seemed right to me. I told them what we wanted, it's a small symbol of our faith called a triple Goddess which looks like this )O( and they said that it wouldn't be a problem for them to get them both done that day so we went in that afternoon. I talked to Joey when I called but when we got there he had someone coming in very soon so Ross did our work. He did an outstanding job on both of them. My husbands is solid black and mine is blue and black. Ross has a light hand like nothing I've ever felt before. Mine is on the back of my neck and from talking to other people they say that this is a hard spot but Ross made it very easy. We plan to be back in Vegas again next year and will be back to see Ross for sure. With the work he does, his light hand, the clean shop and great pricing I've got some things I'm planning on already.
Funny little tidbit... while Ross was working, my husbands and I talked about different things and our barber shop came up, when we said the name of it Ross stopped... looked up and said... Wait, is that in Long Beach CA? We said that it was and come to find out the best man in his wedding is our barber. Our barber shop could be mistaken for a tattoo shop if you just took a quick look inside, the guys are all covered head to toe in tat's. At that point, knowing that out of all the places we could have ended up at in Vegas for our work we found Ross made us feel great and it confirmed that we made the right choice. As soon as we got home we went to our barber shop and told them we met Ross, we even hand delivered some Downtown Tattoo stickers and such for them.
Needless to say we couldn't be more happy with Downtown Tattoo and Ross. We WILL be back and Ross will be doing my blue birds that I've wanted for years but have been to scared to get because of where they will be. See you in a year Ross and thanks again!
Most professional shop in town. Buddy is very talented and super nice. One of the other guys even rode his bike to go feed my meter while I was getting my tattoo done :) Great group of guys..I definately recommend this shop especially if you're turned off by the douche factor at most shops.
This place is awesome. It was my first tattoo and I am very happy with it. They were great and super easy to work with. Ross did a great job! Next time I am in Vegas, I may have to get another :)
I had been searching for a good tattoo shop with artists I knew I could trust and Yelp, you didn't send me to the wrong place! I walked in and was immediately helped by Buddy, who was still doing someone else's tattoo. After he'd finished that, we both looked online for a better image of the tattoo and he went to work. I'm telling you, you WILL NOT be disappointed by this shop! I absolutely love my tattoo and how clean-ly done it is. Since my piece was on my foot he told me if it starts to fade to call up and he'll do a free touch up on it. I'll never think of going to any other tattoo shop in Vegas after this, it'll always be straight to Downtown Tattoo! If you ever think of going somewhere else, good luck, because this is the best in town!
This is a great shop. I have had 4 pieces done here from a small pinup on my leg to a half sleeve that rolls through my chest. All my work has been done by Buddy and he is a champ at his work. Very personable people with above and beyond skill levels. I get asked constantly who did my work. You will not regret giving them a shot. True Professionals.
I want to update my review, Ive actually been meaning to do this for a bit now. So after my first review was posted the owner of the shop (Buddy)contacted me via yelp email. He explained to me that the particular artist who did my tattoo no longer works for him and that if I was interested he would like for me to come in to the shop and see what he can do to improve upon my tattoo. The thing is that I haven't had time to get down there and I really hate getting tattooed on my rib cage repeatedly but I do plan on taking him up on his offer. I want to have something on my body I can show off and be proud of. I will assure you that there will be a third review in the making when the time comes. And I really do appreciate a business willing to make things right with their customers.
The guys here are top notch, period. All the artists are very talented and professional. The shop is clean and hygienic. Buddy did some work for us and we found him to be very collaborative and he did a great job. We'll be back for sure!
Came here for matching tats with my BF. Steve did the small infinity symbols on our ring fingers perfectly! Our tattoos were gorgeous. Better than the image I showed him. For a few days. Two days after our tattoos, the ink had washed off and you could see where part of the infinity symbol on his finger wasnt tattooed completely. We followed the after care directions (not our first tats), however, within a few days, the ink began to flake off. By a week and a half later, my boyfriend's tat was almost gone and the ink on mine had come off in chunks. Week three and both our tats have healed completely; his is about 80% gone and mine is 1/2 gone. Now, I did my research on both shops in Vegas and finger tattoos. We opted for Vegas to commemorate our first year anniversary (we met in Vegas). We chose this shop because of all the positive reviews and we didn't want to go to some touristy shop. I also knew a tat in this region would need to be touched up over time (not completely redone in a few weeks) and special care was needed due to the area (hand washing, fingers rubbing, etc). I had taken pictures (both when we first got the tats done, days after and ink coming off) to send to the website. Buddy responded to me. He felt bad and offered to fix them, but we live in Nashville. He was genuinely sympathetic to my situation. No further communication after that.
It kills me to leave a negative review, but it is what it is I guess. Now we are literally back to the drawing board to redo our tattoos here locally in Nashville.
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