I am not from Pittsburgh. Someone recommended Island Tattoo to my cousin. She got her first tattoo there by Mike. The first time we went in Jim went over my cousins's thoughts and desires for her artwork she wanted done. She is a little indecisive but he was really, really patient with her. I appreciated that a lot. She went back in and got her tat, and she is thrilled with the work Mike did. Mike answered every question and also gave her the entire run-down on how to take care of the tattoo.
I got my nose repierced by Coco in the Zen Room (that's what I call it). It was a very relaxing atmosphere. Coco knew I was nervous (anxiety) and she was so kind to me. She was extremely funny and easy to talk to. I will go back to her to get the rest of my piercings. She also did everything by the book. There was no concern at any time about cleanliness. I never worried about any time of side-effect or infection. She gave me all the paperwork on how to take care of the piercing and what to do if I had anything go wrong. She was very thorough.
I don't go to a Tattoo Shop to get my ego stroked. I don't go to hear everything I want to hear. I want someone to tell me, yes, that's going to work, that's going to look good, or it's not. People that work at Island Tattoo aren't going to do work that they won't be proud of. After seeing so much terrible artwork over the years, and after reviewing the work Island has done, I will refer them to everyone I know.
Pros: Exceptional Service, Friendly Staff
Cons: No dancing boys. :(