Getting a tattoo is always a bit of a daunting, frightening, exciting task. To celebrate The Fox Is Black’s fifth anniversary, Bobby decided that he wanted to get the little Always With Honor fox logo tattooed on his forearm. So, after sending out a “Where should we go?” Tweet, we stopped into Shamrock Social Club on Sunset to get some ink done under the advice of Roxanne Daner.
The spot is on the West end of the Strip, a corner unit in a little row of shops within what appears to be a house. The place is all sorts of “Irish,” shamrocks and other green items scattered around. It kept inspiring thoughts like, “Why haven’t they taken down their St. Patrick’s Day decorations?” followed up with an “Oooooh: *Shamrock* Social Club. Right.” We didn’t have an appointment as they told us one wouldn’t be necessary if we came during the day. Sure enough, we walked in and were in the inkwell within five minutes after filling out necessary legal paperwork associated with tattoo getting.
We were treated (being taken care of? getting inked? tattooed?) by Ace, a thirtysomething man with lots of tattoos, one of which was a little star by his eye which made me suspect that he was a softee under his gruff exterior. He was super professional and all business, actually talking to another Shamrock person about the tattoo industry and “the law” (and how some people want tattoo artists to wear nametags by law but Ace feels the law “has no place in tattooing”).
It felt a lot like we were in the belly of a ship, getting tattoos with a bunch of sailors: it was super legit. It’s a little uncomfortable, kind of like at any moment you could get hate crimed by someone but–hey–that’s just how tattoo parlors are. Ace also worked incredibly fast despite paying incredibly attention to detail, the kind of attention you would hope and pray any tattoo artist would have when branding a person with something. Ace even asked what the significance of the tattoo was and, funny enough, may actually have checked out site (and this post) as we told him all about the sites. So, if you are reading this Ace, hello and thank you, again!
When everything was done, the tattoo took *maybe* twenty minutes to get, which was fucking shocking as hell. We had budgeted out five hours to our parking meter, us amateurishly guessing how long it would take to get it done. They dressed the tattoo and gave quick advice on how to maintain it, the transaction done nearly as quickly as it took to get it. We were probably only in Shamrock for only thirty minutes, tops.
The total cost of the piece was $200 (i$150 for the tattoo, $50 for tip), which sounds like a lot and is a lot for a tattoo that is about two inches by two inches and is a lot for a tattoo that is about two inches by two inches. Be that as it may, given the location, quickness, and quality of it all, it was definitely worth the money. We’re planning on getting more “ink done” later in the year and will be sure to share the experience because getting a recommendation for a good tattoo artist is always tough.