my problem was with the receptionist or whatever she fancies herself as being. when we (gf and i) walked into the shop, she wasn't exactly welcoming us with open arms. when she asked for my ID, she acted like she really didn't care. we called on saturday and talked to the tattoo guy, and he said that coming in during the week would be better, so we called again yesterday afternoon to see if that was still a good plan, and he said yes... so she KNEW we were coming.
cut to the end of the ink session. artist says he wants to call it quits for the night, which was cool with me. he asks if $250 sounds reasonable for this session (he was working at another shop when i started this tat, and we mutually agreed on $100/hr. so last night, he only worked for 2.5 hrs.) i know she heard him say $250. but when i walked up to the desk to pay, she said, "oh, i can't run this until he comes back." never mind the fact that he was LESS THAN 5 FEET AWAY FROM THE DESK. then she proceeded to TURN THE VOLUME UP ON THE TV--like i was keeping her from watching WWE 'rasslin'. he says, "hey, it's $250 for that session, and can you schedule her for thursday evening?" she says, "are you SURE?" so i handed her my debit card to swipe, and after she swiped it, she threw it back at me. tattoo artist and i keep chatting for a bit, and then he says, "hey, do you have any cards for this shop?" i told him that i didn't think so, but i might have one from way back when i got pierced... and she made no motion to hand me a business card. he had to get up and get it himself.
i don't know what her problem was... i thought that maybe it was me... but my gf said that she was pretty rude to everyone that came in the shop. she also said that the desk chick was downright nasty to one guy in particular.
i'm curious to see if she's this rude on thursday night. it's a tattoo shop; i don't expect to hear "yes/no ma'am." but as big as my tattoo is, i DO expect to be treated decently by the staff. if that was my first experience with a tattoo place, i would have walked out of the door. bad vibes and body mods don't mix. so am i crazy, or was it bad?