Tattoos are a superb way to remember faces of your children's bullies, the date on which Christmas usually falls, or the time a horse kicked off the mayor's top hat and made him drop the giant key down a sewer grate. Immortalize a memory with today's Groupon to Austin Dermagraphix on South First Street. Choose between the following options:
- For $19, you get $50 worth of piercings.
- For $25, you get $70 worth of tattoo work.
An expert piercer joins forces with a team of aesthetically gifted, life-long tattoo artists—including one with a degree in painting—to embellish bodyscapes at Austin Dermagraphix. The piercing professional hangs hoops or wallet-size family photos on unadorned lobes, nostrils, and eyebrows ($35 each), glamorizes ears with twin lobe studs or industrial piercings ($60+ each), and spikes lips with angel or snake-bite piercings ($60+ each). Inkers emblazon dermal canvases with portraits or coats-of-arms during sessions that span roughly 40 minutes for a small tattoo ($70+, at the rate of $125/hour).
Freshly pierced or inked customers can coddle their body art with the help of aftercare instructions available online. Though not included with this Groupon, the clean, hygienic studio also boasts an arsenal of numbing products to ease pains caused by just-born jaguars or dragons clawing at biceps.
On Austin Dermagraphix’s bold burgundy walls, bright graffiti murals in primary yellows, blues, and greens leap out at the eye. These vivid works of art overlook Jose Gonzalez as he hunches over arms, legs, and backs, embedding them with any style of tattoo, such as 2-D cartoons or life-like portraits of Nikola Tesla. To do so, Gonzalez draws upon his background as a graffiti artist in Puerto Rico as well as his bachelor’s degree in painting. He joins another resident artist, a piercer, and a laser tattoo-removal technician at the shop, where the top of the wall around the reception desk wears a crown of gold trophies amassed by the staff.