I have just requested an appointment for a consultation for a tattoo from Paolo Acuna from Divinity Tattoo in Scottsdale, AZ. I received a response from him saying the content of the piece might be something he is interested in doing. I am super excited because I think his work is breathtaking, and it will be my first tattoo. If I even get the project approved, appointments won't even start until December (I think he's worth every second of the wait). My question is, for such a high-demand and highly awarded artist, what do you think are the best ways to convince him that YOUR project is worth his time? I figure I am pretty flexible on the design, but do many portfolio-hungry artists push to go bigger than you are willing to go? Also, has anyone else heard of any input on him? A friend of mine said they saw him on L.A. Ink (ugh, I shuddered when I heard that because that's so cliche), and said he came across like a total ass. I don't think it would persuade me because good work can be worth putting up with peacocking, but it's always nice to know what you're getting yourself into. Eelliiss, Buttons, any word on the street? At any rate, I can't wait to contribute news/pics. I'm planning on getting a plumeria half sleeve (for the flower I'm named after in Hawaiian), possibly with a hula girl inside, or some water/Hawaiian tribal accents. Thanks for the input!