Most Congenial Tattoo Artist - 2000
James at Daredevil Tattoo
James at Daredevil Tattoo is very understanding about your pain, sympathetic, even (a marked difference from the guy who gave me my first tattoo, who explained how he had recently thrown a chair at a customer who was bitching a lot). He allowed me several breaks, kindly inquired after my general well-being, and even answered, with polite attention, my likely annoying barrage of questions ("Where did you grow up?" "Where do you live?" "How old are you?" "Do you have brothers and sisters?"). And, after a strange coked-out creep kept popping inside the shop to ask me and my friend out for drinks, James walked us out to the street and offered his bodyguard services. New York needs more such gentlemen.