My cousin wanted to tattoo an image of goddess Nike, she printed it out off internet but the image needed to be scaled down to how she wanted it tattooed. So, we citysearch-ed to find a reputable spot. We jotted down 4 locations and went to visit them to get more info and hopefully arrange an appt. 1st we went to Inkstop, there were couple of people in line in front of us, 2 already getting inked. After 20 mins we finally got some attention with the appointment boy. (There was no front desk so he just walked around w/appt book). We showed him the print out to which he wrinkled his nose, saying it wouldn't look right as a tattoo but he'll talk to the artist. He came back and said that the artist can't size the drawing - basically said it can't be done (!)... encouraging! Anyway, the place was plaster white w/neon lights - not in sterile way, more in a village vet's office way. 2nd we went to Andromeda where the guy working the front was either high or a complete snob. When we showed him the picture he looked at it like he didn't want anything to do with it, saying that instead she should get a tattoo of a ""beer bottle with bunch of cigarettes sticking out of it."" He told us they charge $150/hr. The place had some daylight in the front but was dark and getting darker further back. It also reeked of bleach. Parking on or around St. Marks was impossible. Then we walked into Cutting Edge and loved it! Place looked great, waiting area painted and decorated very simple but cozy. The guy at front desk was friendly and professional and the artist (Xander) was immediately willing to work with our design. He redrew it (to perfection!), gave us a fixed price $150 and we set an appt for the following week. We came back, everything was clean, comfortable and professional. Everything took 1&1/2 hrs. No pain, no probs,2 wks passed since and her tattoo looks amazing! On a sidenote, both days we went there - Saturday @ noon - plenty of parking but bring quarters.
Pros: service, ambience, everything!