“ Leith walk. „
I decided (admittedly late in life for such madness) to get a tattoo. But where do you go to get one? I asked around, and was pointed to Bill's Tattoo Studio at the top of Leith Walk. It's no more and no less scary than other tattoo places around, but it has a good reputation among the word-of-mouth community in Edinburgh. I got a black and red tattoo of a phoenix, about the size of a 10p piece, from a design I brought in, for £20. They made a line drawing from my design, improving it markedly in the process, and tattooed it onto my upper arm in about 15 minutes. It looks great. The shop also has walls full of designs that they can do for you, suitable for any taste. Prices range up to the hundreds of pounds for intricate and large designs, but small ones are pretty reasonable. I was also impressed with the cleanliness of the place. Bill used latex gloves, and cleaned my arm well at points throughout the tattooing process. And the advice I was given for caring for it afterwards was clear, specific, and in writing. A few warnings, though - I've heard Bill referred to as "grumpy Bill". If you're looking for conversation, go elsewhere. On the other hand, if you're looking for conversation, maybe your tattooist isn't the best choice. However, if you want to discuss your design, be prepared to be pushy. Also, because painkiller is not good for the quality of the tattoo, Bill doesn't use it. Tattoos hurt. And, last but not least, get there early. Tattoos are done on a first come, first served basis. I arrived at 7:40 am on a Saturday and got an appointment for 1:30 pm. People coming in at 8:00 am that day didn't get appointments. This isn't the place to discuss whether or not any given person should get a tattoo. Be sure you want it, because it is permanent. But Bill's is certainly the place to get one.