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I was lucky enough to be able to meet and talk to some past clients of Sin on Skin in Tiverton, RI.  I wanted to find out what they thought of their overall experience so I asked each of them the same questions:

~ What helped you decide to choose Sin on Skin for your tattoo?

~ Did you come here with an idea for your tattoo or did you let the artist come up with an idea?

~ Were you here for a sentimental piece or for something that represents you?

~ How do you feel about the end result?

~ Have you been to other tattoo studios?  How was the overall experience between the both of them?

Rick G. (from Somerset, MA) said: He’s known Glen for twenty years and he had no other reason to go elsewhere because of the work they do.  Rick had a few ideas of what he wanted as a tattoo but Glen also helped create the tattoos that Rick received.  “Sin on Skin just has good people and their artwork is very unique.  I loved the end results and won’t go anywhere else!”

One of Rick’s tattoos:

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Brittany D. (from Fall River, MA) said: She’s known Arias for eight years.  She came to Sin on Skin with a little bit of an idea as to what she wanted but she also wanted the artists to create it and let them decide what looked best.  Brittany wanted tattoos that represented her: a butterfly with stars on her ankle and one of her son’s name, Malaki (almost 2 yrs old) that is located on her neck.  The reason why she chose Sin on Skin for her tattoos is because “she was more comfortable with the artists and she really liked the results!”

One of Brittany’s tattoos:

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Karissa R. (from New Bedford, MA) said: She’s known Jake for about 5 years.  She has one tattoo for now, but plans on getting more in the future.  Karissa knew what she wanted when she came to Sin on Skin, a tattoo of a flower.  Karissa “loved the results and will be getting more from Sin on Skin!”

Karissa’s tattoo:

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Aaron R. (from Westport, MA) said: He has approximately seven tattoos altogether.  Some of the ideas for his tattoos were his (for example, the tattoo of an outline of a mudflap girl on his back) and some were ideas of the artists (freehand tattoo on arm of an abstract face).  When I asked Aaron about the experience between Sin on Skin and the other tattoo studios he’s been to, he said “I was 200% happy with the results of Sin on Skin.  I plan on getting more tattoos in the future from SoS because the atmosphere is so much better here than the other studios!”

One of Aaron’s tattoos:

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**Here are some other photos that I took of other clients and some of the artists of Sin on Skin as well:

A small amount of the many awards that Sin on Skin has received (both national and international):

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Some artwork & piercings on Jake:

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Some artwork on a client (Pat):

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Portrait of Arias:

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Portrait of Reggie (Phil’s brother):

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I took a self-portrait for everyone to see the tattoo I received from Sin on Skin. I told Glen that I wanted to incorporate both of our sons’ names (Justin & Zachary) as well as my love of photography. This is what we came up with:

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So as some of you may know, I am working with a tattoo studio to barter services (I recently got a tattoo this part week and in return, took photos of the artists/clients and will help advertise their business for them).  A Newport Magazine was interested in running a bartering story and contacted me a while back.  They had to meet their deadline before the exchange took place, so I had a phone interview with them a couple of months ago. They have a website (http://newportmercury.ri.newsmemory.com/) but it’s a little confusing to find the article.

If you were interested in reading the snip-it of what they said, here it is:

“Building your own business clientele and networking is another great reason to barter. Warwick resident Teresa Sweet, of Teresa Sweet Photography, is a full-time photographer who’s always wanted a tattoo. And since she typically photographs weddings and children, she was ready to expand her portfolio and shoot something edgy. So she posted an ad on Craigslist asking to trade her photography skills for a tattoo. When she didn’t get a response, Sweet e­mailed the tattoo parlor, Sin on Skin in Tiverton to propose her trade. They took her up on it, as did Underground Tattoo in Bellingham, Mass., who later saw her ad on Craigslist.
Sweet plans to barter with both shops that are currently busy designing her perfect tattoo (her first) for her upper back that incorporates her children and love of photography. For the size she wants, the tattoo would normally cost around $200. She will choose the best design and let her husband receive the other bartered tattoo. For both shops, Sweet will take photos of their tattooed clients, including a photo shoot of a corset piercing — a series of piercings on the back that emulate a corset’s lac­ing.
Definitely a far cry from Sweet’s typical wedding shoots.
“It might help me with future clients,” said 29-year-old Sweet. “Obvi­ously, making money is a great thing for your business, but bartering is a great way to network.”

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Now, I’ll be writing up a nice article for Sin on Skin, who did my tattoo on Monday very shortly, so stay tuned for that!  If I hear back from Underground Tattoo, I’ll still be interested in the barter but will let my husband get the tattoo, as one is enough for me.  For now, at least.  😉  Here are a couple of photos that my hubby took of me getting the tattoo.  I’ll post some photos once it’s healed.  It’s a lot bigger than I planned on getting, but when the artist said it really wouldn’t look that good smaller, hubby and I completely agreed.  Now, I am really glad I didn’t get it smaller, I love it!!  If you can’t make it out, it’s a film reel with our sons’ names, Justin & Zachary inside of the film.  The colors will fade as it heals and the color of the film will be a vintage “cherry bomb” color. =)  It rocks!  Thank you, everyone, from Sin on Skin!
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As some of you may know, I will be working with a tattoo studio to barter services (myself, getting a tattoo and will be photographing clients/artists of the tattoo studio in return).  We hopefully will be doing these sessions soon but the Newport Magazine had to meet their deadline and I had a phone interview with them a few weeks ago.  They have a website (http://newportmercury.ri.newsmemory.com/) but it’s a little confusing to find the article.

If you were interested in reading the snip-it of what they said, here it is:

“Building your own business clientele and networking is another great reason to barter. Warwick resident Teresa Sweet, of Teresa Sweet Photography, is a full-time photographer who’s always wanted a tattoo. And since she typically photographs weddings and children, she was ready to expand her portfolio and shoot something edgy. So she posted an ad on Craigslist asking to trade her photography skills for a tattoo. When she didn’t get a response, Sweet e­mailed the tattoo parlor, Sin on Skin in Tiverton to propose her trade. They took her up on it, as did Underground Tattoo in Bellingham, Mass., who later saw her ad on Craigslist.
  Sweet plans to barter with both shops that are currently busy designing her perfect tattoo (her first) for her upper back that incorporates her children and love of photography. For the size she wants, the tattoo would normally cost around $200. She will choose the best design and let her husband receive the other bartered tattoo. For both shops, Sweet will take photos of their tattooed clients, including a photo shoot of a corset piercing — a series of piercings on the back that emulate a corset’s lac­ing.
  Definitely a far cry from Sweet’s typical wedding shoots.
  “It might help me with future clients,” said 29-year-old Sweet. “Obvi­ously, making money is a great thing for your business, but bartering is a great way to network.”

***Pretty neat, huh?? LOL  I’m stoked for this.  I can’t wait!!***