Earth And Moon Tattoos & Piercing

Earth And Moon Tattoos & Piercing

16 years in business

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Doing excellent tattoos and piercings. Green Hair Mike and Lenny have each been tattooing since 1992 and have multiple decades each tattooing in their own style. Mike specializes in all types of tattoos, regardless of style, where as Lenny tattoos in a more feminine style specializing in women and first-timers since she started tattooing. Mike has been piercing since 2004 and Lenny since 2006. Formerly competitors in the Tampa Tattoo industry, they have decided to join forces first at Addicted 2 Tattoos, and after it closed at Mike's new studio that originally was located at 40th St. and Busch Blvd. and now at 4802 E. Busch Blvd. Addicted 2 Tattoos, where Mike and Lenny originally started working together was at 4819 E. Busch Blvd. So, the "New" Earth and Moon Tattoos is closer to the last location of Addicted 2 Tattoos, it is a brand new studio with no trace of the old A2T other than the exceptional work still produced by each Green Hair Mike and Lenny Tattoo Artists. Please come see them today. Hours are 2 pm to 10 pm during the week and until midnight, Fri. and Sat., Closed Sunday and Wednesday, but available on both those days by advance appointment.

Both Green Hair Mike and Lenny are licensed by the Environmental Health Department of Hillsborough County's Health Department and the State of Florida through that organization. Earth and Moon Tattoos & Piercings is fully licensed for business in the Tampa City area and sells body jewelry and various after care products and skin numbing products.

We believe every person has the right to receive a high quality tattoo or piercing using only the finest quality inks and implant grade, stainless steel body jewelry sterilized individually, by hand, right here in the studio using a hospital grade autoclave that is regularly tested for spore destruction (killing all bacterial, fungus, virus factors) and assuring each client the very cleanest environment and tools that are possible. All needles and other objects that touch a client during the tattoo or piercing process are thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and treated with a tuberculacidal, staphylocidal, pseudomonicidal and more! (Come into the studio for a complete list!)

You simply will not find better quality! Our reviews speak for themselves! See our reviews from Addicted 2 Tattoos on Google, Yahoo, or other search engines if you wish to research our studio! Most of the reviews from Addicted 2 Tattoos refer to Earth and Moon Tattoos & Piercings, because it is still Green Hair Mike and Lenny who make up Earth and Moon Tattoos & Piercings!

We offer black and gray, full color, polynesian, traditional, portraits, and will tattoo pretty much any part of any body over the age of 16! Between the ages of 16 & 18, the State of Florida requires special notarized adult (or legal guardian) consent. Please feel free to pick up the form at the studio! Over 18? All you need is your state or military issued ID and your credit card! Come in today and bring your own custom art or let the artists here design a custom tattoo unique for only you. Hope to see you soon!

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Tampa, FL 33617
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

We find out what exactly the client wishes to get and where, and how large. If the client already has their own artwork, many times it needs to be worked up into a suitable design for a tattoo to be created out of it. Sometimes it is ready for skin, but many times, it needs to be translated into 'tattoo-able' art which means, we need an actual line (outline) version of the image. Once we have the outline, we can develop the rest of the tattoo on the skin during the actual process of tattooing. Things like custom colors can be mixed 'on the fly' and extra elements can be added as needed. Many times we can draw smaller things quickly on the skin, but with more complicated art, we usually like to develop it on paper, then position it on the skin, and calibrate the artwork to be larger or smaller as needed to fit exactly as it will look the best on the skin. Once that is determined, we make a stencil transfer, this is then transferred to the skin to act as a guide for the artist. With the edges defined to give the piece contrast against the skin, usually with black or colored lines, the rest of the design is filled in and the art is completed. Larger, complicated pieces often require more than one sitting, as clients are more comfortable with 3 to 5 hour sessions. Over this, it helpful for the sessions to be broken into multiple sittings, thus aiding the healing and making it easier for the client to actually finish the piece at their own pace.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Both Green Hair Mike and Lenny have multiple decades of experience with tattooing and body piercing. This multiple year experience for each assures each client of the highest level of expertise from working with either Green Hair Mike or Lenny. They both carry that same multi-year experience into their own piercing experience giving each client the best placement and jewelry choice when piercing.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

We normally work at $125 per hour for large tattoo pieces, but often throw in extra time without charge for the largest of the pieces we tattoo. Our piercing prices are fixed at competitive rates starting at $30 for the most common piercings like navels, lips, noses on the sides, and ear lobes. In fact, our ear lobe piercings start usually at $20 and go up from that when the piercing is done through cartilage. Green Hair Mike even offers dermal implant piercings, which are known as 'single point piercings' or 'dermal anchor' piercings. These are unique piercings that give the illusion of a gemstone floating on the surface of the skin and the gemstone can be removed at will once the healing is completed. Gemstone colors can be changed out as well as style of metal head with the most common being round, star, or heart shaped. There are mony more different styles that can be choosen, once healing is completed. Be sure to do your research!

How did you get started in this business?

Green Hair Mike is a 3rd Generation tattoo artist who started working with his family in Denver, Colorado, and migrated to Florida in 1988 and has been here ever since. Lenny has lived across the US from Maine to Florida and from California to Florida, with stops in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Arizona, California, and finally ended up back in Florida where she originally went to High School at Northeast High in St. Pete. She has been in and out of Florida all during her life, living in Palatka, East Palatka, Miami, Hollywood, Hallendale, St. Pete and finally ended up in 1989 in Tampa where she has been ever since before getting into Tattooing professionally. She brings a strong background in graphic design to her skills and is an award winning artist, along with Green Hair Mike.

What types of customers have you worked with?

We have both worked with a huge variety of clients from age 16 all the way up to being in their 70's and getting their first tattoo or piercing! Once Lenny gave ear piercings to the father of a friend who was in their mid 80's and getting their ears pierced for the very first time. In fact, it was his first time getting anything pierced or tattooed!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We are especially fond of our first-timer crowd and the women who find Earth and Moon Tattoos and Piercings! We take the extra time to provide what is necessary to make them feel comfortable, safe, at ease with the whole process by explaining each step with easy to understand details and this gives each client the assurance of getting the very best quality and style they want!

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Be sure to always check the artistic portfolio of the artist before getting work done by them. Also, it might be a good idea to choose a friend who has tattoo work you admire, ask them where they got it, and you will find a wide variety of artist's styles. Traditional tattoos typically have bright, bold colors and thicker line work to provide maximum contrast with your skin tone. These types of designs can easily been seen and what they are understood from across the room! These type of designs tend to hold up best over the years due to the ability to easily refresh the colors and lines every few years. It is helpful to understand that through the years, skin grows, changes, gets lighter or darker and even the nature of the surface changes. This can often give the tattoo you've had for years the need to be brightened up again by going over it with fresh colors and lines to give it that 'just acquired' look of brightness and line crispness!

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

We receive some pretty amazing questions from clients. Most of the involve: how much will it cost? (We can answer that once we see the exact image to be tattooed, how large it will be,  how long we estimate it to take to complete the piece and how long each client is willing to sit for each session. Stopping and starting a design multiple times adds to the overall cost where as getting a tattoo in one sitting will often cost less, but depending upon how long it will take, a client will often break sessions into 3 to 5 hour breaks because after that time, often the natural pain-fighting chemicals the body naturally produces have been used up! Once those are no longer produced by the body, the illusion is that it hurts more, but this is actually an illusion because the body is no longer able to provide the natural pain killers it did at the beginning of the session. The body needs time to replinish those chemicals with a break of 2-3 weeks before the tattoo can be resumed if it still covers healing areas.

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