So, after reading the sticky in this forum regarding respected tattoo shops I headed over to Texas Tattoo here in Houston last week and met with Tiger John. I explained I had an old piece on my upper back that I wanted covered and showed him what I wanted. I went back last night to get the work done. I don't know if it was the fact that he was tattooing over an old tat, that he went deeper than the previous tattooist, or the fact I am suffering from a cold that made this one of the most uncomfortable experiences ever. It hurt like fucking hell. So, this is my 'spur of the moment' tribal piece that was sort of trendy 6 years ago when I got it done: I picked out the following design about 18 months ago and promised myself I wouldn't get it done for a year or so, just so I could come back in a year and see if I still like it. I didn't want to cover up the tat with another tat I would dislike somewhere down the line. Obviously, it's a shitty pic but it's the best I could find. I was very apprehensive about how it would turn out but John assured me it would turn out fine. I was having second thoughts when I saw his initial sketch and third thoughts when he put the transfer on. But, I trusted his judgment as an artist and let him proceed. This is what he ended up with: No, it's not crooked, but apparently my stance is . To say I am pleased with the outcome would be an understatement. I am extremely happy with how it turned out and it exceeded my best expectations by a long shot. The big blob of white on the right hand dog's tail was not there last night (it does have a white highlight though) so I'm not sure if it's still bleeding or started to scab over already; didn't notice until I looked at the picture.