Just half a mile down on S. Lamar from the former Dallas Music Complex - where I saw Counting Crows live one January night in 1997 - sits J. Hall & Co Gentlemen Tattooers.
While the most important reason for my second tattoo was that it was a memorial tattoo for my little sister who had passed, an equally important factor in making my second experience so much better was finding the right shop and artist to do the work.
My first contact with Josh Hall (Proprietor, J. Hall & Co) happened when I reached out to schedule my memorial tattoo. Josh must have been tied up because I ended up leaving a message. However, Josh returned my call within 10-15 minutes. Impressive. He apologized for missing my call and then spent the next 20 minutes listening to me tell my sister?s story and explain the piece I was wanting to have done. Considering that our conversation happened only a couple of days after my sister?s passing, the time spent sharing about her life and how I wanted to honor her proved to be a therapeutic time for me.