Testimonials

Here are just a few testimonials from the few years past.  Please feel free to look at more online reviews through Google and Facebook!

Kristin P.Portland OR 4/2019

In 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. After a lengthy time healing and reconstruction, I went to Tanya for nipple tattoos to complete the process. She did an amazing job. Prior to getting the tattoos done, I interviewed several tattoo artists who specialize in this procedure. I found out about Tanya after talking with another woman who went through the same thing. She showed me Tanya’s work on her breasts and I was super impressed, so I selected her to do the work and couldn’t be happier with my choice. Tanya was super professional, and she also made me feel calm and relaxed throughout the process. I’ve had the tattoos for a couple months now and they look great. When I went to see my oncologist last week he even commented on how realistic they look He immediately asked for Tanya’s info so he could refer her to other patients. She’s the best!

 

Jess S –  2/2019
Tanya is a consummate professional. If you’re wary of unstable amateurs with obnoxious egos, Tanya’s the artist for you. She works clean, keeps her studio comfortable, and has an honest, direct attitude. She was patient with my indecision when I didn’t have a 100% clear vision starting out, and she even managed to squeeze me in for a second consultation so we could tweak the design a bit more before finalizing it. She beautifully adapted my source images into a custom piece that means the world to me. Thank you, Tanya!


Matt R. – Vancouver WA 1/2019
I went to Tanya to cover up a nightmare of a tattoo. My youth was in the mirror every morning, remnants of angst and plain stupidity. I could not take it anymore. Tanya made me feel at home. She even played John Denver during my tattooing, and that memory will last a long time. Tanya may not always remember me, but I will not forget her. Thank you Tanya – Above the Pearl -, I am fortunate to have found you.
Mary L. – 1/2018
Tanya was amazing to work with! She has a wonderful personality and is talented. You can tell she loves what she does- it shines in her art and tattoos. Can’t wait to go back for another one. Thank you!!!

Darcy S. – Portland OR 5/2017
Tanya was friendly and professional throughout the design and application of my latest tattoo. Excellent work and I’m extremely happy with it.

Samantha F. – Portland OR 4/2017
I repeatedly have positive experiences at Above the Pearl. I’ve had 3+ tattoos done here over the span of 6 years and I am never disappointed. I come here for her artistry, and professionalism. And above all, she is a genuine person. Highly recommend. About the location: The new location has better parking and a cute coffee shop below.

 Drew A. – Portland OR 1/2017
I was nervous about getting my first tattoo when I came across Tanya’s website when she was still in the “pearl”. Yesterday I got my third tattoo from Tanya. My experience with Tanya is one of trust, total professionalism, and a willingness to share her experience and knowledge so that I’ll be happy many years from now with my tattoo. My daughter is now thinking she wants a tattoo…..I sent her to Tanya for her consult!

Diane H – Boise ID  8/2016
My husband passed away a year ago from esophageal cancer and I wanted to honor his memory. I decided to get a tattoo with the symbol of the cancer ribbon in periwinkle to represent esophageal cancer. Tanya incorporated it in the design of a butterfly. I have had 3 other tattoos and makeup tattoos and Tanya’s professionalism and compassion surpassed all expectations. This by far was my best experience.

 Lisa W– Portland OR 8/2016
I chose Tanya as the artist for my first tattoo based on her gallery of work and her very thorough approach to both the design and planning and to after care. I was not disappointed. The session went faster than I expected, the pain was quite bearable – and she paid close attention to how I was doing the entire time, and the tattoo healed very cleanly and her instructions were easy to follow. Most important, it looks amazing, and everyone who has seen it has exclaimed that it is simply beautiful. I’m very pleased and plan to return to Above the Pearl for my next pieces, and to refer her as well. As a bonus, her studio is completely private, so no strangers will be around while your work is being done. Note that the parking is sometimes very easy and sometimes a challenge, so be sure to read her detailed instructions and arrive a little early.
Scott U – 2/2016
I came to Tanya for my first tattoo and she was phenomenal. I was nervous and she gave me the time I needed to think it over and work it out, then her environment was clean and sterile, everything was great. She walked me through breathing and was even open to letting my friend take some photos. In all, I don’t think I could have asked for a better experience and my piece looks great.

Tony H. –  Portland OR 10/2015
Tanya just did an awesome tattoo for me again. She is by far one of the best in Portland. Her studio is super nice, easy to get to, lots of parking and all in all my new tattoo is one of the best tattoos I’ve ever gotten. Above the Pearl is a great tattoo studio and Tanya is awesome.
previous…12/23/2014 – Tanya did some work for me and after getting tattooed for over 40 years, it was one of the best experiences I’ve every had. She has a great shop, she’s super attentive and very talented.

Josh S. Portland OR 1/2015
I have been going to Tanya for over six years. She designed and inked my entire back piece, and has done both of my 3/4 sleeves. I love her work, and I am constantly getting compliments on it. She is collaborative, detail-oriented, and a very talented artist. Whether you are getting your first tattoo or are covered over half your body, Tanya is a great artist!
Erin F. – Eugene, OR  8/2015
I had a very personal piece designed for me and was looking for the right artist to perform the tattoo work.  I’m from Eugene, and did a lot of research on tattoo artists from around the state.  After asking around and checking out her work, I decided on Tanya.  I wish I had words other than the banal “amazing,” “incredible,” and “astounding” to describe Tanya’s work, artistry and professionalism, but I unfortunately I don’t.  She simply can’t be beat.  Since my first piece, my husband and I have gone back to her for custom design and application of tattoos we wanted to commemorate our marriage, I’ve had her add on to my original piece, and I have had her do a custom designed cover-up.  Each time I am duly impressed.  I have referred a friend to her, and she likewise was beyond happy with Tanya’s work.  Both my husband and I are looking at getting additional work done soon, and we will be going back to Tanya for sure.

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.

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.

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