Since I've posted last ( see here I've narrowed it down to two different shops. One shop is an all custom shop and they had no art laying around, but I can't remember if they had any work on skin up to view, they said the price is $200 an hour but for what I want it would be around $100-150 for the lion head (blue/white) ( there is a better pic at the top left of this page http://www.nittanyoutlet.com/aid-15-cid-441-pid-3111-gs-46-gp-3-detail.htm ) I got a good feeling from the guy I talked to about the work. He asked me if I would want to get the white ink put into my skin and I said I didn't know. I'm pale and when I'm outside the tattoo would be covered up 99% of the time. My question now is should I get the white put in or leave it skin tone? If it won't take I don't see the point of having it put in. The second place had a several books of "flash art" laying around. They didn't have any on skin art laying around either. Their rate is around $100/hr and what I want will be around $80-95. I had a good feeling from him too and my friend got her foot done there and it looked good. But from what I understand he doesn't have the best reputation among the locals here. I looked around the shop and it seemed clean and well kept but I'm a noob at this so I'm not exactly sure what to look for. Same question about the white ink here, in or no. I'm not sure of which place to go to so I'm looking for advice (I know ti's probably hard to give shop advice over the net but I'm hoping for general things to look for when looking at a shop to pick. Is it worth it to pay a bit more at the custom shop or isn't it that big of a deal? What I'm looking for isn't that complicated or anything. Thanks for all your help and once I get it done I'll post pics.