Danielle D – Charleston, SC 4/2014
Tanya is the most professional and talented artist. Her work is beautiful and her advice on placement, after care, and design exceeded my expectations. I’ve had other artists do tattoos for me and never offer the quality advice that she did. The whole experience was great and I appreciate her. Tanya did my tattoo while visiting Charleston,SC and I will gladly travel across the country to Portland to have her do more work for me.
K C. – Portland, OR 4/2014
Tanya has transformed my entire back piece- I was walking around for years with an unfinished sketch on my skin, after I moved across the states from the original artist and could not go back to work on it. I wasn’t sure if anyone could help me turn it into something beautiful. She used her exceptional artistic design expertise to pull the entire piece into a cohesive, vibrant, and lovely little world on my back. Tanya allowed me great flexibility to space out appointments, go for a short amount of time if needed, and never judged me if a day was just not a good day for pain. You can really tell she treats people with genuine patience, caring and respect, and you don’t find that often in this world
MW S. – Danville, CA 4/2014
I live in the Bay Area and flew all the way to Portland to have Tanya do a tattoo that is going to represent the members of my family and it was soooo worth the trip! We just finished the first part of a three part tattoo using the birth flower for my sister, a gladiolus (also known as a sword lily) on my right arm and it came out better than I could have imagined. The design flows beautifully and the colors are bright and vibrant – just what I wanted. Tanya was patient with my over-the-top ideas and helped me keep the concept of the design, wile eliminating all the clutter I would have thrown in (I never seem to know when to stop!). Her studio is bright, clean and pleasant to be in and she is very professional – as well as fun, friendly and an amazing artist. I have two more trips to Portland to finish my floral ‘family crest’ and I can’t wait to get started! If you want a tattoo artist that is smart, straight forward and amazingly talented, go see Tanya – she’s the best artist I’ve ever worked with.
Jerry D. – Clover, SC 3/2014
I am a tattoo artist myself, so I feel that I should add my opinion here. The review from Paul G. [on Yelp] is confusing and surprising. I’ve been tattooed by Tanya on a few occasions. Tanya’s process is thorough. She is professional, and up-front, explains her process, and leaves nothing to chance.She has you look at her portfolio, to see if you are compatible in your artistic vision. She works with the art examples YOU bring, to give you what you want. You sign terms and agree to any rough estimates *before* you get scheduled. YOU HAVE INPUT ON THE ART through the whole process, and APPROVE THE ART, MULTIPLE TIMES, *BEFORE* YOU GET TATTOOED. She will make changes and reworks until you are happy. If you can’t come to an agreement, she will gladly refer you someone who may better suit your vision.So, if he was unhappy with the art, it’s because he didn’t spend time doing his research, brought in bad examples, didn’t speak up for himself (grow a pair,man), and/or really didn’t know what he wanted in the first place. It a totally cowardly move, to not speak-up for one’s self, then be an a*shole, on the internet, about one’s own indecision, and personal issues. I highly recommend Tanya. She’s an awesome person and gives good tattoos.
Nathalie M – Portland, OR 3/2014
I am so very grateful that my husband and I have found Tanya at a Tattoo Expo many Years ago and after getting a few Pieces done by her we really having a hard Time looking else where. I love the Work she has done on both of us , I love the privacy and cleanliness of the Studio and the one on one interaction. I can trust in her to be honest about what is going to work and what not. I feel very comfortable in her presents and I don’t regret a dime we have spend on our beautiful Tattoos that we will carry with us for the Rest of our Life’s. My Heart if full of appreciation. Tanya has a very good process of getting a Tattoo by her. There is a consultation, where you can bring your ideas and talk about what you want, there is a Art appointment where she makes sure your ok with the Art that she has created for you based on your ideas, this is the Time where you can make changes and she will ask you over again if this is what you want and how you want it ( and if you don’t speak up about any issues you may have with it then it’s really your own fault if you do) , and there is the Tattoo appointment where your Art will be transferred to your Skin. After you have healed up if necessary there is even a touch up appointment where she makes sure everything came out well and your really happy with it. I must also say that I have never ever healed as well with any other Tattoo that I got some place else as I have with Tanya’s. I’ve never had any scaring, bleeding or swelling after I got tattooed by her. Everything has healed wonderfully and I must contribute that to her skills.
Rose S. – Portland, OR 12/2013
I had wonderful experience getting my first tattoo from Tanya. She had me feel comfortable, and provided a clean, beautiful ( with lots of crystals and unique artwork to look at) environment. The tattoo was beautifully designed and tattooed by her! She provided a aftercare kit with complete instructions and lollipop! I highly recommend her!
Shawn Z. – Camas, WA 9/2013
If you’re looking for a place to go for your next tattoo, look no further. Tanya is a great artist and she takes a great amount of pride in her craft, and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone. I’ve had 3 tattoos done by her and I can’t go anywhere else now.Tanya’s shop is quaint and extremely clean, she’s more than happy to disclose her credentials and show you why her shop is the most sterile I’ve seen. She showed my wife whatever she wanted to see. She is organized, thorough, and meticulous, exactly what you want in a tattoo artist.
Tanya has a few reasonable rules which she is happy to explain. She showed immense patience towards me as I was a little difficult my last trip there. DO ask her opinion and listen to her, DON’T come in there acting like a jerk, she’s a professional and will treat you with respect. And follow her specific post tattoo instructions, they work!!No cons here, she is very very good so you might have to wait a few months, but be patient, it’s so worth it! Plus this is a pro in my book, don’t you want a highly sought after tattoo artist?? Do you really want to walk in, present your tattoo, and get it same day? The answer is no, we’ve all seen those tattoos, and they are forever!Above the Pearl should be where you get your next and all tattoos.
Peter W – Portland, OR 9/2013
Great artist, great art. An excellent experience and I could not be happier with the tattoo. I would recommend Tanya to anyone, without hesitation.
Bill M. – Hillsboro, OR 8/2013
I had minimal experience with getting a tattoo, but I wanted to embellish on the work I had done 2+ years ago. I was given a gift certificate for Valentine’s Day, and went in for the initial consultation.
Tanya was very clear on what she would do, and what I should expect. Because she is so busy, it was 5 months before I could get in for the work, but the end product was well worth the wait. The day I went in, she was very specific on what was going to happen, which was a huge plus and very differant from my previous experience. I like to think I wasn’t nervous, but she could tell, and did a great job of getting me to relax and breath . . . breath.
The tattoo ended up exceeding my expectations. She wrapped it up right, and provided me with detailed after care instructions. As of this writing, I’m just two days in, and have had no issues. Thank for the great experience Tanya!
Jahmyl E. – Portland, OR 8/2013
Very professional. Very helpful. Very versatile. I came in with a very rough sketch of what I wanted and ended up with an amazing tattoo. Her studio is very clean and comfortable. She is very nice and willing to answer any questions. She gave very good and clear after-care instructions. I really couldn’t be happier with my tattoo. It healed perfectly and is more than what I had hoped for.
Jennifer S. – Denver, CO 6/2013
I loved this tattoo experience. It was my first tattoo, and Tanya gave me what I needed to be able to breathe and work my own magic to accommodate the process of being tattooed. Tanya takes exactly what time she needs. Like her art, she is very precise and elegant. She is so present during the process that I felt cared for every moment. She also has a gorgeous crystal chandelier in her impeccable space, and it is good for moving the tattoo tingles to another plane. First rate and worth the wait!!
Tabitha B. – Vancouver, WA 3/2013
Tanya is awesome and very talented! She’s very professional and clean. She won’t. Just take your money and slap whatever on you. She tells you why it will work and why it won’t. There’s a bit of a wait…but well worth it to have something on you that’s permanent. I did my first session and LOVE how it looks so far!!! Found my one and only tattoo artist.
Greg E. – Portland, OR 2/2013
Tanya did an outstanding job with my forearm tattoo’s. her studio is very clean – explained aftercare clearly and I will definitely be back. I would strongly recommend her – talented and professional.
Flemming G. – Beaverton, OR 11/2012
Tanya at Above the Pearl Tattoo is your best bet in PDX. I met with her regarding a tattoo cover up and she not only guided me but listened to my wants and needs rather than just telling me what she liked.
Tanya’s schedule is packed with tons of clients that figured out what I did. She’s totally awesome! You wont regret choosing Above the Pearl Tattoo.
Lindsay R. – Portland, OR 11/2012
Tanya is a great tattoo artist and is seriously worth going too. I looked around Portland for a long time trying to find someone who could give me all that I wanted for my first tattoo and also be very helpful.
I’m very happy with how it came out, and honestly for a few other ideas I have I will definitely go back to her shop. Also, as compared to other places or portfolio’s I’ve looked at, Tanya has a wide range of art she can do. Her realistic celtic work was actually my decided factor to make an appointment with her. I couldn’t have made a better choice in my opinion.
I also think another great thing about getting you’re tattoo done here is that Tanya runs her own shop. So you don’t have to deal with like 3 other tattoo artists running around you or setting up or having other people getting tattooed right next to you. It makes the experience a lot more comfortable and she is very good at helping you relax. She is all about making sure you get what you pay for and that you’ll have a good experience while getting tatted.
I have no bad words to say about this shop and this artist, I encourage people to go to Above The Pearl Tattoo if they want a quality tattoo from a fantastic artist, who really does a beautiful job with her artwork and has reasonable prices and regulations
Kim L. – Beaverton, OR 11/2012
This was my first tattoo and Tanya worked with me to design a beautiful piece of art that was meaningful and exactly what I wanted. Her shop was comfortable and she talked me through the whole process. She was so good that I almost fell asleep! I would recommend Tanya to anyone considering a special, artistic tattoo. She is worth the wait!
Katrin S. – Portland, OR 10/2012
Hands down the best tattoo experience I’ve had. A week later I have no itching, no scabs and although she offers free touchups it looks like I will not be needing any.
She’s not the cheapest tattoo artist in Portland but what you pay is nothing compared to the quality of work you will receive.
Erik A. – Tualatin, OR 10/2012
Tanya is great. I had come up with a design of my own several years ago and never got around to finding someone I trusted to do the work for me. Tanya took time to have a consultation with me first, discuss what I was looking for, and then took my design so she could do some tweeks. When I came to my actual appointment a month or so later, I was happy with what she came up with. She took my design and made some minor adjustments to make it work in the area I wanted and to make it pop just a bit.
It is just Tanya, so you will have to schedule a little ways out, but it’s worth the wait. And the reward is that much better.
Levi S. – Portland, OR 9/2012
Got my first tattoo recently from Tanya and couldn’t be happier! She does amazing work, my tattoo is very vivid and precise. Tanya is very professional and talented. She came up with a couple different design schemes for me to choose from and was flexible with how I wanted the end result. Her pricing is on the lower end as far as tattoos go, but her work is superlative. I highly recommend her and will be going back I had a wonderful experience at Above the Pearl. Having a private & personal experience was important to me for my first tattoo, and Above the Pearl was the perfect setting. Tanya takes care to explain things in detail, both at the consultation appointment and the day of the tattoo. My tattoo design was simple–just a signature–but required a lot of precision. I am incredibly pleased at the final product and received lots of compliments from other tattooed Portlanders on how excellent and detailed Tanya’s work is. You will likely have a few months’ wait (my tattoo was two months after my consultation appointment), so if you’re looking for someone to do a spur of the moment tattoo, this is not the place for you. But if you want a private, thoughtful, excellent tattooing experience with someone who is passionate about her work, this is a great place and well worth the wait. I’ve been tattooed by 6 different people now, I dare say Tanya is my favorite. She’s classy and interesting, and very artistic. She’s thorough with before, and aftercare instructions. I got my tattoo June 21st and it’s healing beautifully. I learned there is a huge difference between a tattoo artist, and someone who knows how to use a tattoo gun. Do your homework, chose wisely… And don’t look for a deal. Wait until you can afford a piece of art, so you don’t end up with a piece of crap. I LOVE my “forget me nots” and I’ll be looking forward to the day when Tanya comes back to my area. amazing artist! She was professional, friendly and skilled. She was able to accommodate my weird schedule and I came away with the perfect tattoo in the perfect location. I highly recommend this artist.
Erica K. – Beaverton, OR 9/2012
Tanya is an amazing artist and will work with you to make sure your tattoo is exactly what you want.
Shop is very clean and organized. I didn’t get the “what have I gotten myself into” vibe you get in some shops.
I’m a wuss when it comes to pain – during the tattoo, she gave simple breathing trick suggestions which made it so much easier to tolerate.
Tanya isn’t heavy handed. I have had other work done by other artists. They did a good job, but they were very heavy handed when applying the ink. Tanya’s inking isn’t like that, it’s very gentle, but just as focused and well done. she gives you clear instructions before and after the tattoo process. she doesn’t just send you on your way with no idea of what to do as far as care of your tattoo – very important for first time tattoo especially.
The only con – which is really a pro – is it takes so long to get into her shop. Because she’s so good, she’s booked pretty far in advance. But totally worth the wait for the quality of the tattoo.
Go here – especially if it’s your first tattoo! You’ll love the experience, the art, and the time that was well spent for something that will be with you for the rest of your life.
Gordon W. – Hillsboro, OR 4/2012
It was an absolutely incredible experience. This was my first tattoo and I was a little intimidated at the start. Tanya was so professional and amazing that it put me at ease. I had a silhouette of my daughter and I walking and it is perfect. I definitely recommend her to anybody who wants an amazing tattoo.
Rob W. – Lake Oswego, OR 3/2012
In a potentially off-center world of body ink, Tanya is the consummate professional and is rightly top-rated at her craft in the city of Portland.
I waited until I was nearly 40 to get my first tattoo, and with some trepidation sought out artists in Portland who were the best in their field.
Tanya works with you to develop your thoughts on design – much easier if have the elements already identified. She is supportive throughout the process, especially if you have never had a tattoo before, and she is a total pro. Her “aftercare instructions” were flawless. It’s been a few months, and I’m still very happy with the work I received and her demeanor. One reminder: Don’t forget to tip!
Pat T. – Dyer, IN 1/2012
To whom this may concern, I just had my first tattoo done by the amazing Tanya. I have had my idea and wanted it done for over 4years. I have searched for the right artist and I finally stumbled upon Tanyas work when I was on a business trip from Chicago to Portland. I had tried to get in to her shop for the month that I was out in Portland but she was fully booked for the next few months. She informed me that if I come back to Porland as long as I gave her a decent notice she would schedule me in. We stayed in communication for over 7months. She had sent me emails with appointment dates, ideas and her drawings. I flew over 1400miles, took the train to downtown portland, and walked 3 miles in the sleet to have this tattoo done. She is extremely friendly, polite, informative, talented and down to earth. She talked to me throughout the entire process which made it a phenomenal experience. Throughout the whole experience I just knew I had made the right choice. Her shop and atmosphere made me feel like I was right at home. Once her work was complete it was time to look at the finished product. Her steady hand and technical design were truly amazing. I had felt honored to have her design my first and def. not last tattoo. I have already told her she will be doing my next tattoo when I come to Portland. Thank you again for all of your time the other night. Happy 2012 business year and God Bless !!!
Cat D. – Portland, OR 1/2012
We met with Tanya, of Above the Pearl Tattoo. We felt comfortable with her and her parlor felt right. We liked the secure building, her sanitary parlor, her artwork and the finished look of her tats. I felt very comfortable and decided to have Tanya do my work. I provided a design for a horse which I created some 30 yrs ago for one and concepts for a celtic cross. Tanya worked up the designs and alternates. I had both done the same day, and they are healing well. I am very happy with the ink. Thank you Tanya! I look forward to another tat done by you.
Kate L. – Portland, OR 1/2012
Tanya is such a professional! My husband and I had a consultation with her for an idea we had. When we returned to see the final design and have the tattoo she really did exceed expectations…we were thrilled! Tanya is very clear with her instructions for aftercare, the tattoo healed perfectly. We are already thinking of ideas for our next tattoo with Tanya & Above the Pearl Tattoo!
Joe C. – Portland, OR 11/2011
My first tattoo….nothing short of exceptional.
Had an initial mtg. to share/review ideas on artwork I had brought to her. A few days prior to tattoo work, Tanya met with me briefly to show me various drawings she had come up with.
The entire experience from my very first contact to set our initial appt. through her communication regarding aftercare was nothing but positive. Tanya is experienced, talented, patient, & absolutely creative. Her shop is extrememly clean & comfortable (can’t beat her ipod music shuffle either).
I have had many compliments on her work already, some from others who have had their work done elsewhere.
A+ experience and Tanya is a talent, and just as important, simply really good people
I’ll be back to see her for my next one……she’s made a lifetime customer out of me. I don’t often do these reviews, etc., but a tattoo is personal & permanent and I just felt I had to share this with others – a must to check out.
Courtney B. – Hood River, OR 9/2011
My tattoo is absolutely beautiful. I have received so many compliments on it. Tanya is wonderful. Her work is clean, detailed and beautiful. She is very gracious and patient with submitted work
Emily B. – Portland, OR 6/2011
Tanya was amazing to work with! She was so professional in every step of the process. I wasn’t entirely sure how I wanted my tattoo to look, and she worked with me to design (and redesign) the artwork until I was completely in love with it.
Now my tattoo is healing, and it continues to look gorgeous. The lydocaine did make me like her better, once I was able to have it applied.
She did such an amazing job, and made me feel so comfortable throughout the process. And I love her goody-bags! I fully recommend her as a tattoo artist, and am encouraging all of my friends to go to her for their new tattoos as well.
John A. – Portland, OR 2/2011
Tanya did some work on my arms in December of last year and I could not be happier. She spent a great deal of time with me working on the designs and brought up numerous things I had not thought about. If your looking to walk in and get a tattoo and leave in an hour, this is not the place for you. It took about a month after my initial consultation to get on her schedule but I was totally cool with that. Why rush something you’re going to have for the rest of your life. I’ve had work done at 4 other shops and Tanya hands-down was the best!
Sarah W. – Portland, OR 1/2011
Tanya is an amazing tattoo artist. She is talented, professional and very friendly. I really like her studio because of the privacy it offers. In addition, it is very clean and has cool art hanging on the walls, which gives it a nice vibe. The package she gives you at the end (with lotion, aftercare instructions, a lollipop and other goodies) is a really nice touch. I’d recommend Above the Pearl Tattoo to my friends.
Note: Tanya has a lot of business so contact her well in advance. It takes about 3/4 months from the time you first contact her until you can get your tattoo. In my opinion it is worth waiting, since we’re talking about a piece of art that you’ll have with you for the rest of your life.
C D. – Beaverton, OR 1/2011
Tanya is AMAZING!
She was upfront, honest, professional, and great to work with! She touched up a 10 year old piece and added to it.
I need some creative guidance and I was SO PLEASED!
The session went very well! She knows her stuff and how to help you get through the natural tendencies to twitch.
I HIGHLY recommend her!