Mom and Pop Tattoo & Piercing’s artists and piercers create unique works of art on clients' bodies with deft tattoo-work and inventive jewelry. In private booths, tattoo artists Jamie Ventura and Derek Reckard adorn arms, backs, and feet with one-of-a-kind artwork, such as barbed wire. Decade-plus piercing veteran Reverend Sean Theroux slips custom-shaped jewelry through ears and tongues, including jewelry for ears specially designed to thread through multiple piercings.
NewSkin Tattoo Removal's specialists clear away tattoos of all kinds, ranging from complex pieces that cover the entire back to cruder designs and those temporary tattoos that won't wash off. Their implement of choice is the Q-switched Nd: Yag, a laser designed specifically for tattoo removal. Its beams break down the structure of ink particles so that the body can flush them away. In addition to full tattoo removal, patrons can opt to lighten up a tattoo so that it can be covered by another, or to remove only a portion of a tattoo.
Inflicting Ink Tattoo owner Jeff Goyette understands that, though the decision to get a tattoo is a lifetime commitment, sometimes life's best laid designs inspire regrets years later. Whether his customers are prompted by the poor performance of a previous tattoo artist, a painful break-up, or a simple lifestyle change, Jeff helps rid them of unwanted ink with the help of his parlor's Quanta laser system. Certified as a Laser Specialist and Laser Safety Officer by Quanta's makers, Jeff blasts away colors light and dark with the laser's muscular 15-30 joule pulses. With this power at his fingertips, he can zap away more tats in five visits or less.
Once old ink is no more, Jeff can also commemorate the occasion with new tattoos imprinted in his custom studio. He and his fellow tattoo artists not only tattoo bodies with traditional designs, but forge bold, colorful new-school designs and perform cosmetic tattooing services. He also takes his show on the road, traveling to tattoo events far and wide in a self-contained, fully licensed mobile studio complete with three spacious workstations, sleek wood paneling, and gleaming steel sinks.
No matter the venue, Jeff and his staffers always place an emphasis on education. Clients can spend time mulling over Inflicting Ink's range of tattoo tips—from what to look for in a studio to how to make your tattooed sailor girl apply for an undergraduate program by simply flexing your biceps.
Having trained extensively in Europe and across the United States, Angelbare founder Shahla Whitmore combines the latest permanent-makeup techniques with her own knack for artistry. Inside her Wellesley studio, Shahla draws upon more than a decade of experience to trace lips and eyes with dramatic liners so you'll know where they go if they ever fall off. Shahla’s big heart is as impressive as her considerable talent—she offers complimentary scar camouflage treatments and services to children who have lost their eyebrows for medical reasons.
Forever Ink’s head tattoo artist, Derek, has been leaving his permanent record on biceps, ankles, and all points in between for more than 20 years. Naturally, his portfolio has accrued an extensive selection of colorful and black-and-white tattoos, its pages popping with everything from grim reapers to written phrases to hand-drafted custom images. He also specializes in cover-up tattoos that hide outdated ink of old lovers’ names or ATM passwords.