I had an excellent experience here, first I found an amazing tattoo design which I want in the future, the staff were very helpful with answering my questions, explaining and giving me prices.
Then I asked about a certain tattoo idea and the artist printed off some ideas and I chose which I wanted and what colour. I ended up with a lovely tattoo for only €60. The artist was friendly and professional and said to call him if I had any problems. As it was my 7th tattoo I didn't need aftercare instructions but the tattoo has healed up nicely and I am very pleased. I intend to go back here for more tattoos.
I got my cartilage pierced here a few years ago. I was only 18, so I was nervous, but the piercer joked around with me and made me feel comfortable.
I knocked off three stars though because when my earring cane out when I returned to california, I sent them an email and they told me to return to the shop for a new earring. After explaining again that returning to Ireland is a 13 hour flight, they stopped responding to my emails. The piercing has since closed up, which is a bummer.
I had a good few piercings done here when I was younger. I was always impressed with the professionalism shown by the staff and the cleanliness of the place. Although a little bit pricey, you are getting good service by people who know what they are doing.
This review is for Brian Duffy. Now, if you look at his past work, it looks like he's really good at replicating things. If you look at his tattoos and mine, you'll know that he's probably only good at replicating things.
What I did was having him design something from scratch AFTER he decided that what I wanted wasn't good enough. Now, I am the impulsive type, but the problem I had after the tattoo was done was the following:
1. I asked for a specific size. He argued with me. His reasoning did seem logical, the the bigger the rose on my body, the more detailed it could be. At the end of the day, I still wish I had gotten the size of the rose I wanted. I'm small framed and really didn't need a huge rose under my collar.
2. At the end of the design, he added these white highlights that in my opinion, made my rose look fake AND he added a random thorn without asking. I did not want a thorn PERIOD because it's so cheesy. I asked for a rose and a stem. He just added a thorn.
3. He added a brush paint stroke as an added effect only it was supposed to be in the lightest gray. Because it came out BLACK and it's a paint brush stroke, it looks like I have hair growing out of my shoulder.
I send him an email with my complaints, he said to email him when I've healed and he'll fix them. I sent another email apologizing and saying that I did overall love the tattoo (I can put my mind to almost anything) but I mostly wrote it because I felt bad for bashing him in the first email. And after two more emails asking him when was a good time to come in and he ignored me, I'm just going to write this email as an F YOU, thanks for your stupid ideas- NOT. I don't mind these tattoos, I'm just sorry that it could have been done much better and my artist was so limited in scope and talent.
And don't bother flagging this review because I'll just write more. I prefer an apology.
This place is brilliant! I had a reasonably sized tattoo on my right shoulder for only 60 Euros! My first, I was nipping it... They were reassuring and calm without making me feel pathetic. Professional and a relaxed atmosphere. My tattoo was done by Brian Duffy who is mentioned below - I had none of the problems she mentions and was treated with respect and definitely recommend him and the shop itself, dont be put off by the "unique" individuals working there. Its definitely worth it!
I pop in here the odd time to pick up plugs, as it's the cheapest place I know to get them in Dublin. The staff are all really friendly and have always done their best to get me whatever I need, even if it means rummaging through drawers of tiny bits of plastic and metal.
There's both a tattoo and piercing studio here and I know that the artists have a decent reputation. They also do stuff like contact lenses, samurai swords and eh, replica guns...
Well, it's a bit of a weird shop alright, but has cheap jewellery and a wide selection of it.
Walking through Stephens Green Shopping Centre.... everything seems normal... Mother with her child... boy falls over and starts crying... theres a balloon floating aimlessly towards the roof... i stroll past a shop full of AK-47's and pistols... an old man is sitting down eating a peach....
...wait a minute!!!!
A shot full of weaponry!?
I literally did a double take... haha..I believe this is a tattoo and piercing place, which is cool, I haven't gotten anything like that done myself. But i thought the replica guns were a funny addition. Way to associate tattoo's and piercings with crime!
The sign on the glass box says that they are not real, nor can they be altered to make them real. Yet below is another sign saying only those with ID of over 18 can purchase them..
I'll just get my toy gun in smyths thanks very much!
Celestial ring is a very clean peircing and tatoo studio. There is one located in stephens green shopping center and also one at the rear of the jervis center on upper abby street along the luas line.
The staff are porfessional and can draw good custom tatoos, the make sure everything is perfect before starting and give you their time and attention.
Definatly a safe place to get tatoos and peircings done.
Wildcat Ink, still sometimes known by its older name, the more otherworldly sounding Celestial Ring, is probably one of the busiest piercing/tattoo parlours in Dublin. Situated in the (otherwise relatively mainstream) Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, it's prime location has served dividends. Prepare for a mixture of customers, from 15-year-olds hoping to avoid the mandatory guardian's signature while they rebel with a tongue piercing (ooh, whatever will mummy think?!), to die hard fans looking to fill up any remaining gaps on their skin, with a few cooler types thrown in, looking to up their street cred with a subtle tattoo or a fashionable piercing.
Tattoos and piercings are expensive in Ireland, with few (if any) shops charging less than €80 for a tattoo. Wildcat is no different, but they can be more discerning with returning customers, and they are very good about aftercare. While some of the staff could work a bit on their beside manner (we know you've done a trillion tattoos before, but since it's gonna be permanent, there's no harm in pretending to care...!), they are all qualified and good at what they do. If you catch them on a good day they're lovely, but if not, they can be brusque and a bit curt.
However, highly recommended if you're looking for a good, hygienic and professional place for body art...be sure to call in beforehand, as they're generally booked up if you want to walk in, so make an appointment! My favourite place to get pierced/tattooed.
Gotten piercings and tattoos done here. Always clean. Great service.
Celestial ring is my favorite piercing studio in Dublin by far. The place is super clean and really neat. They have everything really well organised too. The staff are so friendly and really thorough and helpful when it comes to telling you all about yout piercing and how to clean and look after it. They completly put me at ease, and I felt really comfortable and relaxed. They sell body jewllery too, and it is top quality. I havnt looked at much of the tattoo artwork but i hear its amazing too! :)
Clean and professional piercing and tatooist parlour - you can find celestial ring located at the top floor of the St Stephens Green Shopping Centre, at the rear. Prices for piercings are competitive, and the tatoos are too! If you don't have your own personal design, the tatoo suggestion books have some very good ideas within them. If you're a fan of chinese symbol tatoos there is a few suggestion pages with their english translations underneath - they range from the traditional mother tatoo to the shocking. All in all it is worth a visit if you're thinking of getting a tatoo or piercing.
Okay so Stephen's Green Shopping Centre has probably seen better days, but the top floor is still the cool floor. Situated only a few doors down from Asha, Celestial Ring is one of the top tattoo and piercing places in the city.
For a start its clean and shiny - for which I'm giving it major plus points and the staff are ridiculously talented and friendly. They really know their stuff too - so whether your a first timer or a crusty professional, they'll still be able to set you on the right track and make sure you have a pleasant experience.
They have loads of examples of their artwork on show and they have a pretty decent website where you can check out the individual styles of all their tattooists and marvel at the lists of piercings that you never even knew existed!