So, if you follow me on Snapchat (aoifsp) you’ll know I was booked in for 2 tattoo’s with Ian Flynn of High Society Tattoo in Kilkenny.
I had 3 tattoo’s already, 2 of which were done by Ian when he was working in J.M.D’s in Waterford City. Before setting up his own shop High Society Tattoo on Garden Row in Kilkenny.
For me, though my tattoo’s are never particularly big or detailed, it’s still so important to stick with an artist you can trust. Someone who’s work you appreciate, and who can make you feel at ease. And that’s exactly the qualities Ian has. With many national and international awards under his belt you can be sure you’ll come out with something special.
Even with Ian’s move to Kilkenny I didn’t hesitate booking with him and checking out the new shop. At first appearance the shop is pretty cool. It doesn’t have that industrial feel and smell like other shops I’ve been in. The interior is like something I’d love in my own house, bit hipster minus the pretentiousness. Just very warm and welcoming.
As we enter ( Johnny came with me) we are greeted by Nora, Ian’s apprentice. Ian, who is in the middle of tattooing, takes the time to look up and say hi. Small details like that matter.
I can’t tell you enough how nervous I get before getting tattooed. I don’t eat the day before, don’t sleep the night before. Those who haven’t experienced being tattooed will wonder why I put myself through the impending fear. Jaysus, I wonder this myself , but hey that’s all part of it and you do it for a tattoo you really want.
Ian is so nice and chatty and honestly I felt so at ease. Getting tattooed can be quite a nerve wracking experience, the last thing you want is someone who’s stand offish.
I was quite awkward with positioning, even though what I was getting were only small and simple. But he still took the time to make sure I was happy with everything. Putting as much thought and effort into them as he would a big detailed piece.
Overall I was so happy with how they came out. For someone that has no pain threshold they were actually grand *breathes sigh of relief*. And they were finished before I knew it. All that worrying for nothing.
On the way to Kilkenny I was telling Johnny that I was so nervous that I already decided these tattoo’s were going to be my last. But as soon as I was out the door of the shop I was thinking of my next one.
I can’t recommend High Society enough. Whether you’re into your big intricate pieces or someone like me who goes for the minimalist type, Ian is the guy to go to.
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