I've been following Karen from shop to shop for years. She does great work and always has a lot of positive energy while she's working on you. Â Her current shopmates are a great bunch and things can be mellow or lively depending on who's doing what.
The color and detail on my tattoos are holding well, and I can't wait to have the cash to get started on the next phase of my personal decoration!
Amazing doesn't even begin to describe Spellbound Studio. Â I went to Karen for my first tattoo, Â which happened to be a half sleeve, and I left with an incredible work of art that far exceeded my expectations. Â From my first meeting with Karen all the way to my last session with her was a pleasurable and positive experience. Â The shop was immaculate and provided a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, especially for a first timer. Her patience and creativity are phenomenal. Â I look forward to working with Karen again on my next piece and cannot stop telling people how amazing she is. Â Karen, you are truly the best in Austin!Review Source:
I can't say enough good things about Karen Slafter's work -- beyond the acknowledgement and recognition she's received from the Austin Chronicle, her work with ink on skin is living art.
I walked into her old tattoo shop next to the Continental a few years ago, either 2004 or 2005 -- a friend of mine is an old friend of Karen's and highly recommended her. We talked briefly about what I wanted (matching designs on both my arms), and I set up an appointment a week later.
The work, at that time, was actually cheaper than originally quoted, and the actual inking went quickly. I'll say Karen had a very light touch, deceptively so in fact, because the colors have remained vibrant, and the details have remained sharp after all these years.
Her shop was very clean and well-lit, she handled me in a very professional but friendly manner, and my one regret is that I've not had more work done by her, something I hope to correct in the near future.