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  • I have re posted this as some idiot clearly did not read what i posted on here.. I never have and never will slag off HAWK ROSE i know nothing about them and wouldnt lower myself ever to slag anyone off. The piece slaging off hawk rose also slags us off and every other shop but one ?? If some one had read the forum properly they would have realised that the piece slagging off Hawk Rose was written underneath my statement..... BLACK PEARL TATTOO...... this is a message personally written by Jay at Black Pearl Tattoo ... I have just been informed of this website and feel the need to comment.. some one wrote a comment on this website saying they have been into our shop and was not shown an artist portfolio i can say with my hand on my heart this is not true and as any one who has been to us will tell you . This person is obviously never been in our shop (we think a jealous rival we know who you are lol)as anyone whos been to us will tell you we are over welcoming and will go out of our way to help you. All our artists have there portfolios on display on the table in the front of the shop for any one to look at at all times in plain sight and have always done so . We will even let you watch us carrying out our art providing the customers agrees and show you what we can do. I personally have been tattooing for over 15 years and have an extensive portfolio and insist on having a free personal consultation with you before i book you in . I started as a sterilization engineer for Teva Pharmaceuticals and was an advisor for the environmental health on these matters so there is nothing i dont know about hygiene and sterilization . My father was a well known tattoo artist in his day and I have grown up in the tattoo world my whole life . We have some amazing artists in he shop at the moment 2 female 2 male we have yogie gomez from America working with us as well he is awesome and compliments the shop very well. Tattooing and art are my passion (and my family xx) i will be the first to say my early tattooing a long time back wasnt amazing but i have given everything I have to this art and have earnt my respect so come see our work and judge freely for yourself I dont think you will be dissapointed. I always promise to be 100% honest and will not under any circumstance slag off any tattooist near or far I will not lower myself to this to try and gain customers. I could show you hundreds of photos of bad tattoos we have had to rework or cover up from other studios (including some of my early stuff lol)But i wont tell you who did them (I dont need to lower myself to that)Im just interested in making your old or bad tattoo look nice I wish to earn my own credit by my own art and of my family of artists there my nearest competition are madam butterlfy and holy cow both of which i really like there work . We have an enormous range of artwork but still prefer to design something special for you. So feel free to come see us we will welcome you AND WILL PROMISE to look after you as best as we can. obviously we are a busy studio so if we cant consult with you straight away we will book personal time with you for a one to one consultation . All I we want is to freely practice our art which we love We Guarantee all our work and encourage you to come back if there is anything you are not happy with . http://www.myspace.com/blackpearltattooing
  • if you are visiting bexhill then black pearl is the best, but for hastings then YOU SHOULD GO TO HAWK AND ROSE !!!!! Granted it is a new studio but for not having been established that long they have an exellent reputation already ..it is a lovey environment friendly staff, extremely clean and the artwork is fantastic, i myself have gone back on a number of occasions and cannot believe that people on this website have felt the need to talk badly about any studio, these studios are these peoples lively hoods.GO TO HAWK AND ROSE TATTOO STUDIO IN HASTINGs.
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  • sounds like a certain madame is desperate for clients
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  • who ever wrote the crap regarding hawk and rose tattoo is obviously a idiot,go to the shop yourself the cleanliness standard is second to none the local EHO NOW USE THE PREMISES AS A STANDARD FOR ANY FOURTHCOMING TATTOO SHOPS APPLYING FOR LICENSING.GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT FIRST OR YOUR GONNA FIND YOURSELF IN COURT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I am frankly disappointed that a representative of the "The Legendary Black Pearl" could be so unprofessional. It is blatantly obvious that he has never visited Hawk and Rose Tattoo in Silverhill. If he had bothered to do his homework he would have known that the treatment area and food area are NOT located in the same space. Hawk and Rose tattoo is used by the environmental health department to train their own staff, to show how a tattoo studio should look and what procedures are required. We have no intention of lowering ourselves, or our artwork to the pitiful levels displayed by "The Legendary Black Pearl". Why not come and visit the studio and decide for yourself!
  • BLACK PEARL TATTOO...... this is a message personally written by Jay at Black Pearl Tattoo ... I have just been informed of this website and feel the need to comment.. some one wrote a comment on this website saying they have been into our shop and was not shown an artist portfolio i can say with my hand on my heart this is not true and as any one who has been to us will tell you . This person is obviously never been in our shop (we think a jealous rival we know who you are lol)as anyone whos been to us will tell you we are over welcoming and will go out of our way to help you. All our artists have there portfolios on display on the table in the front of the shop for any one to look at at all times in plain sight and have always done so . We will even let you watch us carrying out our art providing the customers agrees and show you what we can do. I personally have been tattooing for over 15 years and have an extensive portfolio and insist on having a free personal consultation with you before i book you in . I started as a sterilization engineer for Teva Pharmaceuticals and was an advisor for the environmental health on these matters so there is nothing i dont know about hygiene and sterilization . My father was a well known tattoo artist in his day and I have grown up in the tattoo world my whole life . We have some amazing artists in he shop at the moment 2 female 2 male we have yogie gomez from America working with us as well he is awesome and compliments the shop very well. Tattooing and art are my passion (and my family xx) i will be the first to say my early tattooing a long time back wasnt amazing but i have given everything I have to this art and have earnt my respect so come see our work and judge freely for yourself I dont think you will be dissapointed. I always promise to be 100% honest and will not under any circumstance slag off any tattooist near or far I will not lower myself to this to try and gain customers. I could show you hundreds of photos of bad tattoos we have had to rework or cover up from other studios (including some of my early stuff lol)But i wont tell you who did them (I dont need to lower myself to that)Im just interested in making your old or bad tattoo look nice I wish to earn my own credit by my own art and of my family of artists there my nearest competition are madam butterlfy and holy cow both of which i really like there work . We have an enormous range of artwork but still prefer to design something special for you. So feel free to come see us we will welcome you AND WILL PROMISE to look after you as best as we can. obviously we are a busy studio so if we cant consult with you straight away we will book personal time with you for a one to one consultation . All I we want is to freely practice our art which we love We Guarantee all our work and encourage you to come back if there is anything you are not happy with . http://www.myspace.com/blackpearltattooing
  • Honestly don't even bother getting tattooed or pierced anywhere in Bexhill. I have got to say that Black Pearl is terrible, the artist refused to show me his portfolio and instead pulled up a myspace page (could have been anyones for all my knowledge) and then got all huffy when I asked to see proper photos. I've seen some shocking work come out of that studio. I wouldn't reccommend anywhere in Hastings for piercing for that matter either. I had my medusa done at Buddha Bing, it took the woman 3 attempts to pierce my upper lip. (Luckily I'm used to it, as I have my lower lip pierced and my nose done twice plus both ears done). Madam Butterfly's in Hastings is awesome for tattooing. They may not be cheap but a cheap tattoo isn't good and good tattoos aren't cheap. James has been featured in Skin Deep magazine and Rebecca has now branched off into doing semi permanent make up at a sister salon in Robertson Street. Basic rules for getting pierced and tattoed anywhere are: HYGIENE This is the number one thing to check for when getting a tattoo. If you go to a dentist office, everything the dentist touches is wrapped in disposable plastic to prevent cross infection. For a tattoo artist this means everything they use (bottles, guns, etc.) should be wrapped. This ensures that everything that comes in contact with your bodily fluids will not be transmitted to the next client (or from the previous client to you.) You should be able to eat off the floor. If the work space is unclean, you have no idea what they could be transmitting to you. Any reputable artist will have a dedicated work space that is spotless. If it looks dirty, it is. Leave. I have also noticed that in one tattoo studio in Hastings, the food area is right next to the treatment area..DO NOT GO TO HAWK AND ROSE..THIS IS WHERE I'M TALKING ABOUT. All needles should be sterilized in an autoclave right before they are used. The scratcher who works in your kitchen most likely does not bring one. When the needles are finished, they should be broken (in front of you) and properly disposed. I once went to a shop where the “artist” sterilized the needles in a toaster oven. If you’ve done your homework, you’d know this is a recipe for disaster. No autoclave, no tattoo. EXPERIENCE It takes years to be a great tattoo artist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Any tattoo artist who is worth going to will be more than happy to tell you where and how they learned. If someone tells you they are “just learning” or “at the bottom of the totem pole at their shop” is setting you up for disappointment. That way, when the tattoo looks like crap, they can say “I told you I was just learning.” Find a reputable shop and ask for the person with the most experience. They will be more expensive but you get what you pay for. A bargain basement tattoo will only cost you more later when you have to get it covered. THE BOOK Anyone who is a talented artist will have a book of their previous work. It should be a large book. Look for examples of work that is similar to what you want. If you want a portrait, and there are no portraits in the book, look elsewhere. Portraits are some of the most difficult tattoos to do. Don’t ever ask a novice to do a portrait. Check the quality of the work. Unfortunately a lot of people who cannot draw do tattoos. Look for solid shading, straight lines, consistent spacing and good circles. If you can’t do those you have no business tattooing peoples skin. The ability to do these simple shapes will tell you who the talented artists are. Don’t be fooled by complexity. Lots of hacks spend hours working on intricate designs. If the basic shapes are off, the entire tattoo will suffer. FLASH Never get tattoos from flash cards. It’s an easy way for bad tattoo artists to pretend they know what they are doing. It gives you no indication as to the skill level of the artist. Anyone can photocopy flash. Look for original work. TIME Consider how much time the artist spends with you. On my third tattoo the artist spent ages spacing and realigning the stencil. That was because he cared. Anyone who drops a stencil on you in 5 minutes and begins to tattoo is not trying hard enough. Also check how much time they spend getting the tattoo right. When I had my first tattoo done, the artist gave me an estimate of 6 hours and billed me accordingly. He then went on to spend almost 10 hours perfecting it. Having a tattoo artist who is a perfectionist is a good thing. Having an artist who cares what the final product looks like in invaluable. WORD OF MOUTH Talent artists know the best advertisement is word of mouth. Ask other people about their experiences. A talented artist will go the extra mile because they know this is the best way to get more business. AVAILABILITY Any tattoo artist whose schedule is open is a bad artist. Talented artist have waiting lists. If you can walk in off the street and get a tattoo, you’re getting it from someone who other people don’t want working on them. Talent is in demand. It’s a good thing. FRIENDS Never get a tattoo from a friend. If it sucks, it will damage your friendship. Many people defend the “talent” of the artist because they are personal friends. That has nothing to do with getting good tattoo. A person can be the nicest fellow and still suck. Go to people because they are talented.
  • black pearl - its real good (y) and witch up in sidley isnt too bad
  • ink buzz. total shit. had nipples pierced and bell button by them. belly button piercing not straight and swelled up like a baloon. also after 3 months have finally taken out nipple piercing as have still got pus coming out. despite using good hygiene salt water recommended by the shop and also a savlon wound wash. had tatoo done there as well one on back is ok but one on upper arm is not very black in places. like the look of the new shop black pearl staff very friendly and helpful.
  • 'THE PERSON WHO WROTE THE BULLSHIT ABOUT THE BEXHILL TATTOOISTS IS A RIVAL TATTOOIST BY THE NAME OF STEVE TRYING TO STEL BUISNESS BLACK PEARL' I do sincerely hope that the Tatttoist is not writing this, for steal and business are both spelt wrong. For the record, go to Madam Butterflies, they have a book full of Black Pearls mistakes and how they rectified them. Personally, go to Temple in Brighton.
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  • contrary to my usual piercing habits, i today went to ink buzz to get my tragus pierced. It was not a pleasant experience. the staff were unwelcoming and the piercing was unneccessarily painful, due to the apparent clumsyness of the piercer, Ink Buzz also attempt to pierce my sisters nose (which she took out after a week) and did my cousins tatoo wonky.i would also not recommend ab fab in hastings,I went there for my first to cartilidge piercings, both of which got infected and where not done correctly. The only place i would recommend to anyone is BLACK PEARL. the people are lovely and know what theyre doing, i have had my tongue and my lip pierced there and after my ink buzz experience, am never going anywhere else. I have also seen many beautiful tatoos come out of there. Black Pearl really is the palce to go people. It is also wonderfuly clean there and everything comes out of fresh new packets.
  • The best tattoo place in the south east is Black Pearl! i have had all my tattoos done there and would not go anywhere else!!!! so for the cock that is trying to steal customers can piss off back to your back street shit hole of a shop in SIDLEY!!!
  • TO THE GUY WHO WROTE STUFF ABOUT THE BLACK PEARL, THE BLACK PEARLIS THE BEST PLACE IN BEXHILL AND HASTINGS, I HAVE WALKED PAST YOUR SHOP IN SIDLEY FEW TIME (THE PEOPLE IN SIDLEY WHOULD RATHER GO TO THE BLACK PEARL RATHER THAN YOUR COWBOY OUTFIT SHOP, I SAW THE STATE OF A FEW BIT OF YOUR WORK AND IT LOOKS LIKE STEVIE WONDER WAS LET LOOSE WITH A CRAYON)
  • hey every one yeah Black pearl rules!!!!!
  • THE PERSON WHO WROTE THE BULLSHIT ABOUT THE BEXHILL TATTOOISTS IS A RIVAL TATTOOIST BY THE NAME OF STEVE TRYING TO STEL BUISNESS BLACK PEARL TATTOO IS RUN BY THE AWARD WINNING JAY WHO IS AN ADVISOR FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND AWARD WINNING ARTIST WITH OVER 18 YEARS EXPERIANCE THE SHOP HAS BEEN VOTED IN THE TOP TEN IN ENGLAND FOR 2005 THEY WERE RECENTLY FEATURED ON SKY TV AND IN SKIN DEEP I WORK FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND CAN PERSONALY RECOMMEND THE STUDIO TO ANY ONE IT MAKES ME SICK THAT ANOTHER LOW LIFE NEEDS TO RESORT TO SLAGGING OFF ON OF THE BEST IN THE BUISNESS TO STEAL CUSTOM
  • Ink Buzz! Somewhere worse than Black Pearl!!! Who would have believed it! The irony in these people being in the tattoo establishment when the sign directing would be customers to the shop said 'Tattos this way' I have witnessed the shitness of their work, think someone tattoing you after 12 pints of stella and a dirty needle. Black pearl, just as horrific, pure filth. If your feeling down, and feel like contracting a disease, knock yourself out there.
  • High Street Tattoos In Hastings is the best in the area Closest to me is Black Pearl, have had sum decent work done in there

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