Piercing >Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing
36 JFK St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213842.372633 -71.119869
Fri, Sat 12pm-10pm
Great Artists – The tattoo artists here are REALLY good. I've gotten A LOT of work done by Bob (who no longer works there) and John, and they are awesome. I've never gotten anything done by Reuben, but his work is TOTALLY amazing.
Really high quality ink, and they're really cool.
Perfection Is Worth The Price – I got my first tattoo here about five years ago. I choose it simply because of it's location. I made an appointment and when I arrived the receptionist greeted me and introduced me to the artist. I showed him a bunch of pictures including some images of other people's tattoos of what I desired. I was excited when the artist made the comment: I'll draw you something like this only much better. He was friendly and personable and amused my silly questions such as how many tattoos do you have and how long have you been doing this.
A few years later I returned for a quicky tattoo a female did. It was forgettable at best.
Last week I got another one. I just so happened the artist who did my first one was due to ink me again. He did a magnificent job and I am so pleased with it. Granted, their tattoos are a little pricey, but the way I see it, I am willing to pay a little more for something that will be on my body for the rest of my life.
Amazing design skills, excellent customer service – Chameleon was is so professional, they schedule consultations before you get your tattoo and are flexible and compatible with changes like where the tattoo is going or if there is something different you want done to the design you have in mind. The artwork and talent of the tattooists is above and beyond what you could expect. When I submitted the design for my family crest, Kelly gave me some recommendations and ideas then took a couple of days to produce his final design. It would be an understatement if I described Kelly's modifications as highly impressive when he showed me what he had come up with. The artists are very personable and helpful. If I ever get another tattoo (and I probably will), I will without a doubt go back to Chameleon.
Pretty Good. – I've gone to Chameleon twice for piercings. The first time was decent. I went on a busy Sat. night and had to wait 2 hrs. for an appt. and an additional half hour too. I understood they were busy so it wasn't a big deal.The piercer was professional but not too friendly. He did a god job and I've had no issues with the piercing. The second time was really great. I went on a Sat. but right when they opened. I got taken immediately and my piercer, Owen, was warm and personable. He explained EVERYTHING and put me at ease. In regard to tattoos I've never gotten one there but the ppl in the waiting room seemed pleased and a few had gone several times.The atmosphere might not be the best but there is privacy. I've also read about rude ppl behind the counter. Each time I went the person behind the counter was fine. Not overly friendly but professional which is all that matters in the end.
I highly reccommend Owen for piercings, Avoid during busy times – Since i'm from out of town, and have no previous piercings or tattoos, I asked many people from Massachusetts the best place to get my septum done. After hearing about Chameleon three times I decided to check it out. The prices were insane, but because tattoos and piercings haven't been legal for very long in MA and I wanted a reputable and clean place to go to for my first time, I coughed up around 75 bucks and sat around waiting for Owen to call my name. He was very friendly, very understanding that I was extremely nervous, and took the time to explain everything I wanted to know. He was in no rush to just "get it over with", and it was virtually painless and very relaxing. I highly reccommend him. However, when I went back a month later to change the jewelry (he had told me a month would be fine as long as I could tell it was healed) the jewelry gallery made me go over and talk to a very snotty woman who told me to wait three months before I should even try to buy another piece of jewelry, let alone change it myself. I believe they're very concerned about thier customers and how the piercing turns out, and I know they know better than I do about these things, but I was very angry that I went all the way to Cambridge just to find out that they're so turned off by the idea of me changing it that they wouldn't let me buy it. Plus, they didn't seem to understand that even if I bought the NON RETURNABLE jewelry and they DID change it, what was I supposed to do if it didn't fit?
Good Experience – I have been to Chameleon four times-twice for piercings-one by Owen and one by Erin. Both were really great experiences, and they kept me relaxed and comfortable with them the whole time. I was tattooed twice by Ellen who is a relatively new artist, which made me sort of nervous. She did a great job with my first tattoo that I came back not long after. She was fun and made me relaxed and enjoy the whole process. She's a pretty slow tattooer-but I didn't mind-in the end I'd rather have a good tattoo than a crappy rushed one. She put a lot of detail in the tattoos and I can't wait to go back for more!
For others who have complained about not getting what they want: number one you are in charge, so if you're unsure at all just leave. Number two, which is probably bitchy, for those who described the tattoos they didn't like-they sounded really lame to begin with-so maybe your tattoo is just an awful idea to begin with? And number three, those who complain about pricing-stop. For a tattoo, price should not be a top priority-it is permanent, so if you feel comfortable with your artist and AGREE on a piece-you should not worry about the cost.
Way too expensive. – I have had 2 tattoos done before this, one is a cross that's almost six inches on my back that took over an hour. The cross cost me $145 at 13 Roses in Atlanta (amazing place). I went to Chameleon and wanted a small tattoo on my right hip, they made me wait for awhile, the workers ignored me and didn't tell me what was going on. I already didn't like the place that much. THEN he showed me the tattoo, it looked fine and I asked him how much and he told me he would figure it out and come back... so I waited again for what seemed like forever. While I was waiting a girl came in and said she wanted touch ups on a tiny line in her tattoo, and they quoted her $75. I laughed to myself because I thought how badly she was getting ripped off. (Little did I know). So he finally comes back out and says something to the receptionist who goes "OK, it'll be $175." And begins to ring me up on the cash register. What tattoo place charges you BEFORE you see the outcome?? I thought that was ridiculous but I was too busy trying to figure out how I was going to pay for it. $175???! The tattoo took 15 minutes, ended up even smaller than I intended and I left with NO money in my wallet. I had brought $200 thinking that I needed about $40 cash in my wallet...and after I paid tip I was left broke. Don't go here... Even if you have to travel a little farther, I'm sure you'll leave happier and be able to pay your bills.
Editorial Review – The brave get inked with custom tattoo designs while teens and adults go under the gun for body piercing.
Can't Say Enough About This Place... – I really can't say enough! From the time I called over to set up my appointment to the time I left the staff was so wonderful, everyone was so friendly and funny! They all new what they were talking about (considering I've been to a view shops where people hadn't) and I felt very reassured getting tattooed there. It wasn't my first tattoo but defiantly my most memorable. I ended up just getting some small text on my wrist, but my artist was totally helpful with making suggestions and it turned out so beautiful, more amazing then I could have imaged. Not to mention how thoroughly the whole process was explained to me, from the really cool girl behind the text, to my artist going over the aftercare process with me. I'm telling everyone about this place.. me and my boyfriend actually are already planning on heading in next weekend to get another!!
look past the front desk, its not so bad! – I've been to Chameleon twice. Once for a tattoo, a shamrock on my foot. And it was a positive experience, its a small tattoo but john put alot into it. The second time i went i got both nipples peirced by erin. She was great!!! she made me feel soo comfortable, as she joked with me and made sure i was relaxed. I feel like she tried to make a connection with me, and she told me to stop by in six months to check them out as we used a smaller gauge then normal because thats what was better for my smaller nipples. I would Deffinatly recommend Chameleon for piercings, but i think there is way better places to get tattooed. Not that i dont love my little shamrock, Its just not the right enviorenment for me personally when i'm getting tattooed. And BOTH times i was there the girl at the desk was not "rude" she was just in a way "flighty" if you know what i mean... and she deffinatly doesnt help you feel comfortable right when you walk in, and are nervous. it takes meeting the artist or piercer for that....which should'nt be, she should deffinatly have better people skills!!
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