High Priestess is a full range professional body piercing studio. We are self owned and operated. Our downtown Eugene studio has been open since April 1st, 1996. Our Corvallis location has been open since September of 2001. Our Eugene campus studio has been open since October of 2004. Most recently our Roseburg studio opened in November of 2007. Combined we have over seventy years of body piercing experience!
High Priestess consists of four of the six shops within Oregon recognized by The Association of Professional Piercers (APP). We currently have ten APP piercers licensed by the state of Oregon. All of our employees are trained and certified in First Aid, CPR and Blood borne pathogens by the American Red Cross.
High Priestess feels that our role in the community is very important. We are constantly striving to use all the newest and safest techniques. All of our clients are educated in proper aftercare methods and appropriate body jewelry materials. We also attend events and outreach programs to further educate the public. Every year employees attend the APP conference to gain knowledge from the global piercing scene. Those of us within the High Priestess family consider body modifications to not only represent a state of mind or way of life, but a legitimate art form, as well. It is perhaps humankind’s oldest form of self expressionism. It has been a right of passage for countless cultures and indigenous tribes as long as time can tell. We are a dedicated tribe of modern day primitives here to bring this ancient art form into our present world.
It is easy to be overwhelmed when looking at different tattoo artist’s portfolios. These are some easy things to look for when determining if the artist is competent.
Are the lines clear and clean?
Do the lines end smoothly, and are any points sharp and pointy, not wobbly?
If there is black does it appear smooth, even, and dark throughout?
If there is color, is it bright, smooth, rich, and consistent, NOT patchy?
Do colors blend smoothly into each other where there is soft lighting, and do the edges look crisp where there is high contrast? Good tattoos have contrast to make them stay visible and readable over time.
Does the design as a whole flow well with the form of the body? Good tattoos should follow the muscle structure and flatter the form.
Is the image understandable and clear, or do you have to ask what it is?
Do the edges of the tattoo end in a pleasing way? Or are they ragged and uneven?
Would you wear it? Art is, after all, a matter of taste.
A portfolio represents an artist’s very best work. You should never see lines which are scraggly, blown-out, blobbed, colors that are washed out unintentionally or blotchy, or that have any misspelled words. Sometimes artists will have a few pieces that they’re still working on. Make sure that the vast majority of the tattoos are completed pieces. Remember that the portfolio is the best the artist can do, so if the work in it is not very good, or not appealing to you, find a different artist! Likewise if an artist frightens you, won't answer questions about the process, or tell you how to be more comfortable, find a different artist. There are many artists who are talented and considerate of your comfort.
Make an informed decision when choosing your body art!
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