Dark Side Tattoos
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Oak Grove, KY

#1 Nov 7, 2011
This is the worst tattoo shop in Southern Illinois. They have continuous reports of infectious piercings and horribly scarred, funny looking tattoos. They treat their customers like crap as well. I had a friend that wanted her lip pierced the other day and when she called them, the recording said they were on vacation. They called her back 3 hours later after she went to Unique Ink, and asked what she wanted so late, and when she told them she wanted her lip pierced and just went to a different tattoo shop, the wife of the owner proceeded to say "Well good for you" in a snotty, condescending, sarcastic tone, and hung up the phone. These people shouldn't even be in businesss. Their shop is not only unsanitary, the owners do not believe in personal hygiene. Do not give them your business. Get your piercings and tattoos done right. There are four reputable tattoo shops that I can think of on the top of my head and Dark Side shouldn't even be in your mind, let alone in Southern Illinois. These people should be put out of business for the lack of respect and lack of hygiene. Sorry, but I don't want somebody who smells like they crawled out of a dumpster and them crapped his pants piercing/tattooing my body. Spend the extra money to make sure your body modifications get done right. I've gone to Unique Ink, Karma Tattoos, Iron Anchor and Tuff Luck for body mods and they have all been really great and had a great experience, however the last two friends that have gone to Dark Side and came out with messed up piercings and horrible looking tattoos.

Has anyone else had experiences like this?

United States

#2 Nov 8, 2011
I was recently in Dark Side with a friend who was getting tatted and can't really say that it was dirty or unsanitary. Although, I will say that what took an hour could have taken 30 minutes or less if he and his wife had not been talking over their personal business the whole time we were in the back room. And, yes she (Sandy) is hard to take, very outspoken and loud. There is a lot more I could say at this point, but I will leave it at that.

United States

#3 Nov 8, 2011
I went in for black and purple nautical stars and they looked so bad I went to Unique Ink and had Becky just fill them in black. They look so much better now but...I still wanted my nautical stars. Never again.

Litchfield, MN

#4 Nov 11, 2011
Never go there. Got a tatto there with my friends and in between each tattoo.he didn't clean anything. And your supposed to even if we know each other. And the wife. The most disgusting thing I've ever seen.

Stockton, MO

#5 Nov 12, 2011
I've never been to Dark Side but I can say Iron Anchor is by no means reputable. That little skinny fella that runs the place is ugly as sin and a nasty little troll. Not to mention his tattoo's such butt. Tuff luck is the place to go. Most people have never even heard of Iron Anchor tattoo's.

United States

#6 Nov 13, 2011
Iron anchor is ok. Id rather go there then dark side tho.
Hello My Name is- PEN15

Morocco, IN

#7 Dec 5, 2011
Well I went to Darkside for a tattoo last year and It looks just fine, healed amazing, no scars, and have had many compliments on it. Maybe you shouldn't Bitch and complain on here unless YOU yourself have gotten a tattoo from them. But hey we all have our opinions. and in my opinion they did a fine job and my tattoo turned out amazing, and only cost 175 when Tuff Luck wanted 300 for it!

United States

#8 Dec 10, 2011
where can i get my nipples pierced

Davenport, IA

#9 Dec 11, 2011
Unique ink

Dubuque, IA

#10 Jan 2, 2012
i have a few tattoos and i personly would not have one done at darkside even if they were free....I have a good friend of mine that i went with that had a tattoo on his ribs by darkside and it looked like a little kid did it.....terrible!!! I have had 4 tatoos by Tuff Luck and Brandon there does a amazing job and pays close attention to detail...Just remember when u choose a tattoo artist you are making a lifelong decesion!!! Good luck!
Iron Anchor

United States

#11 Jan 2, 2012
Nice try Brandon Smith! Did you start this post or what buddy?
Terrence Henry

Davenport, IA

#12 Jan 8, 2012
iron anchor mispelled thug life on my belly. im really mad and plan on taking him to court. also they only take cash payments- Ive always sucked dick at unique ink for my tattoos.

Fort Scott, KS

#13 Jan 17, 2012
Brandon smith does do a good job.I've seen alot of his work. All I've heard about iron anchor is nasty horrible stuff. Stay away.
Just sayin

United States

#14 Jan 21, 2012
I have10 tattoos and all but 3 came from darkside...they look fine... No infections, no problem with him or his wife... They probably have a hard time communicating with people because if u think about it .. THE PUBLIC ISNT THE EASIEST PEOPLE TO WORK WITH...
mr electric

United States

#15 Feb 3, 2012
Tuff Luck is the best tattoo shop in southern IL. Period!
tat-tat-tatted-u p

United States

#16 Feb 14, 2012
Dark Side is a good place, Don't hate em unless YOU YOURSELF have gotten one from them! People talk alotta mad shit...but if u think about it they talkin shit bout other peoples experiences, not they own! So unless yu yourself have gotten a tat from them and it was bad...STFU!

Since: Feb 12

Marion, IL

#17 Feb 15, 2012
nasty people they are so gross and cant talk right

United States

#18 Feb 17, 2012
I got one there and my daughter did too in the same night and they both suck. So you STFU. Some of his tattoo's aren't bad but ours suck ass!
black fox 23

Fenton, MO

#19 Feb 18, 2012
Concerned wrote:
I got one there and my daughter did too in the same night and they both suck. So you STFU. Some of his tattoo's aren't bad but ours suck ass!
I got my tongue pierced at dark side. It was infected less than a week later. Hmm. I'm a very clean OCD person.
rat rod

Carterville, IL

#20 Feb 19, 2012
if anyone thinks that dark side is a good place to go, they have never went and looked at any other tattoo artist work in southern il. there are several really shitty shops but DARK SIDE TATTOO ARE BY FAR THE WORST. its like taking your car to get fixed at walmart or taking it to a good mechanic. not only that but they are white trash as hell at DARK SIDE. also avoid iron anchor and unique ink in marion. they too are pretty shitty but they are still way better than dark side.

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