I am a huge fan of Red Rocket Tattoo. The shop is clean, fun and all of the staff make you feel at home. Everyone there is very creative and talented. I found Red Rocket by chance and I am so happy I did. I read on Yelp that Red Rocket got great reviews from clients. I took two female colleagues who wanted piercings and Alex took good care of them. He's a good dude and very professional. My colleagues were very pleased.
While I was there I found an artist's portfolio that I could not put down. The tattoo work inside was outstanding and truly unique - it grabbed me. I asked for the artist, Betty Rose, and she was eager to chat with me even while she was in the middle of a very detailed tattoo. I have been tattooed in 3 other different NYC shops (which I will leave unnamed) and I can tell you none of them have artists with the outstanding, warm, bed side manner Betty Rose has. I mentioned some of my future tattoo ideas and Betty responded just as she always does - even today: Sounds good man, I'm into it!!! When do you want to do it?
The first tattoo Betty completed for me was a beautiful Asian-inspired bird with cherry blossoms in my right arm's ditch. It took 3 hours and she motored through it. The bird is very detailed and has lots of vibrant colors, which Betty excels at. Since then Betty has completed 4 more large tattoos for me and I am EXTREMELY happy with all of them. The tattoos have all been big pieces and require multiple sittings. I am comfortable with Betty and give her a lot of artistic freedom. (This is a HUGE tip for anyone who has not been tattooed before or often.) It shows a lot of respect for your tattoo artist and in the end, you will obtain a way better tattoo! Another tip: take as many printed pictures for artistic reference as possible, and artists Do Not want to see an idea or picture on your Mobile phone!
I have been tattooed around 69 hours in my life, Betty has now tattooed me around 28 of those hours in total. I will say she is really good at blending her new work with the older, existing work from other artists. She also has a very light touch and her machines are silent. Most of my work is pretty traditional, they are Japanese/Asian inspired with new school Betty Rose twists and trick techniques slipped in there along the way (it's fun stuff). All my work involves lots of detail, lots of popping color - and Betty rocks this!
I have a good number of future tattoos I want to obtain, Betty and I are always discussing when and what. I have mentioned this to a number of people and I'll tell Betty directly: There is absolutely no need to go looking anywhere else for a tattoo artist when I have already found the best!!! If you are in search of a great tattoo, a clean facility and cool artist........go to Red Rocket, look at Betty's portfolio, the one with the Rose on the front.
Ask for Betty, you will not be disappointed!