As an artist, Josh Wiley's canvas is the human skin. The owner of Modified Skin Tattoos, along with a staff of guest artists, transforms epidermal layers into a living portfolio. Though the artists' styles vary, their work reflects the wants and expectations of their clients, which is carefully communicated during consultations. For fans of fantasy or gaming, they have inked vivid profiles of flaming skulls or of popular superheroes such as Batman. For those who want realistic portraits to commemorate loved ones, they have captured detailed likenesses without having to press a face into piece of tracing paper and wrap it around a bicep.
The artists also renew tattoos with cover-up work that conceals unwanted images, and they use UV ink to create tattoos that are completely invisible until they are exposed to a black light. In addition to tattoo services, Modified Skin Tattoos also adorns bodies with dangly pendants, minimalist studs, and other jewelry that can bedazzle piercings and microdermal anchors.
Evolved’s tattoo and piercing artists are a dedicated crew of professionals trained in advanced sterilization procedures, so you won't have to worry about them eating a big, sloppy sandwich while puncturing your skin with a sharp object. Tattoo prices ($50 and up) will vary according to the design, size, and location on the body. Piercings start at $37 (ear lobes and basic cartilage) and increase for body piercings ($57) and surface piercings ($70). The needle-averse, meanwhile, can still adorn their skin with Evolved's massive line of jewelry both tribal and shiny, as well as an assortment of shirts that range from $15–$20 (T-shirts) to $50 (bowling shirts).
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Tattoo, permanent cosmetics, piercing, hair
Led by Dozer, a certified permanent-cosmetics technician and instructor who received his first tattoo at the age of 13, the crew at Mystic Revolutions accentuate assets with permanent makeup, tattoo art, and piercings. In addition to creating glamorous looks and minimizing the tedium of morning makeup routines, Dozer's permanent treatments can be used to minimize the appearance of scars and correct skin discolorations. Before leaving, clients can augment their services by sitting for tarot-card readings, reiki treatments, or hair coloring.