I first went to Venus with my husband to get his transverse lobe piercing, and on a whim I decided to get a cartilage stud. I'm a complete wuss about needles, so I was pretty nervous, but Rob was great -- I didn't feel a thing, and the placement was perfect. The jewelry they offer is exquisite, even if it is a bit pricey. My husband's transverse piercing was also perfectly placed, and (he says) totally painless. \r
A few days after my piercing, and based on my good experience, I decided to have a tattoo done at Venus. I had an old, very ugly tattoo on my thigh I wanted covered up. I met with artist Rafael for a consultation, with only a vague idea of what I was looking for (cherry blossoms). In less than 10 minutes he'd designed something beautiful that was exactly what I needed, so I decided to go ahead and get it done on the spot. Like I said, I can't take pain -- and I won't lie and say it was 100% painless, but I can't imagine any way it could have been less painful. Rafael was incredibly gentle and very encouraging during the process, and I felt I was in very good hands. The tattoo came out so beautifully, I almost teared up. My ugly old tat completely disappeared, and is covered by a vibrant, elegant, and very ""me"" design. I honestly can't say enough about Rafael's skill and bedside manner. And, despite some people on here griping about price, I thought it was very inexpensive for the level of skill and beauty evident in the final work. \r
I strongly recommend to anyone looking for a piercing or tattoo to head to Venus, and ask for Rafael if you're thinking about a tat (though I'm sure their other artists are great, too). Body art is an investment, and this place has the level of professional skill, warmth, great customer service, and beautiful jewelry and tattoo designs that anyone would want. I, my husband, and any friends who ask my opinion are sure to keep patronizing Venus for years to come.