I originated from Harris, so as a ""small town girl"" I didn't even think to get my first tattoo, a simple red rose on my shoulder, anywhere but at Happily Ever After, and done by Brian. I got it on my 18th birthday and it turned out beautifully. At 19, (2003) it was the height of the ""lower back tattoo craze"" and I of course HAD to get a lower back piece and did so again by Brian. It again turned out beautiful and I went back to get more added the following week. I then was formally ""moved in"" to my Minneapolis residence and didnt want to drive all the way ""up north"" to finish off my lowerback piece which I had decided just wasn't big enough. So I went to see Pookie at Steady Tattoo in Dinkytown. I must say although he does EXCELLENT work, Pookies part on my lower back still raises up a bit when Im dehydrated, or sick or whatever. This is a result of putting the needle too deep into the skin whilst tattooing. This doesn't happen with Brians work.. And personally I think he just has more experience and a better care of craft. In the fall of 2005 I started working with Brians new artist-Josh- on a large scale angel. His drawings impressed me and I decided to go with him for my piece. We finished it in ONE:) day -five hours!- and it is STUNNING. I get complements on my work daily. I havent had work done by another employee-Adam- but I heard he was excellent too. I have nothing to say but wonderful things about Happily Ever After. I f anyone has questions or concerns please feel free to respond to this and I can try to answer them in the opinion of someone who has experienced these great guy's work. I extend this invitation to any parents who are wery of their soon-to-be 18 year old's upcoming pleading for a tattoo. My Mom checked out Happily Ever After before I got my rose and gave it the thumbs-up. Although she's not a fan of tattoos she knows I am and she approves of me getting them at Happily Ever After. A million gold stars to this place.
Pros: Great experience, beautiful results, Nice guys. TALENT
Cons: long drive when coming from Minneapolis.