With 25 years of licensure and five licenses between them, the beauticians of Premadonna's Salon have employed the latest in salon and spa treatments to bring out their clients? best features. The staff specializes in permanent makeup, especially for corrective purposes, using the interdermal pigmentation method?during which they apply micro insertions of natural pigments into the skin. Beautician Stacey is also a licensed tattoo artist, and teaches the art of tattooing at a separate training center. The chic South Tampa location is sheathed in denim blue walls and black furnishings.
Tattoo artists Adam Natonio and EighJay Mauro were graphic designers and visual artists. At Standing Art Tattoos & Art Gallery, they are able to combine their experience and passions into a tattoo studio with an art gallery, which has pieces available for purchase. The studio has won awards at Tampa Bay Tattoofest, and been featured in Skin Art Magazine, Skin Shots Magazine, and Tattoo Envy Magazine.
Co-founders Spooks "Spooky" Joya and Legion Avegno preside over a chorus of humming needles at Fallen Sparrow Tattoos, where a team of talented, professional artists customizes bodies with unique tattoos and piercings. After serving in apprenticeships under some of New York City’s most renowned inkers and pulling his first tattoo needle from an immovable stone, Spooky continues to decorate skin with pristine line work and elegant scripts. Co-artist Legion sits beside Spooky in the hygienic studio as he converts clients’ half-formed ideas into colorful sleeves or black-ink tuxedo jackets. Piercers Billy and Tyler work alongside their tattooing counterparts, busily bedecking bodies with custom surface and deep-tissue piercings.
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.
The indelible ink that Martin Ramos impresses upon skin tells a story, be it about a client's personality, origins, or loved ones. Martin wields the ink like an artist?it helps that he's also a painter?to cover flesh in both intricate and simple designs, though realism is his specialty. His work includes delicately floating flowers and butterflies, carefully printed text, and brightly hued skulls, among many other subjects. Martin custom draws each tattoo, ensuring that no two skulls look alike?or have the same name.
Roma's casual Italian eatery entices patrons with an expansive menu packed with New York–style hand-tossed pizzas, homemade pastas, hot subs, and gourmet salads. Each pie is hand-stretched and topped to order, whether you want to create your own or select from one of Roma's 14 gourmet pizzas, such as a large hometown Hazleton with spicy italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, onions, and mozzarella ($15.95). Keep it simple with a bubbling slice of cheese ($2.50) or pick a pie ranging in dimension from 10 inches ($5.95+) to the extra large 18-inch disk ($14.95+). Less circle-centric diners can nosh on any of the hot or cold sandwiches, such as Roma's specialty philly cheesesteak ($6.95) or turkey and swiss packed in a tomato basil wrap ($6.95). Burgers, salads, and a variety of pasta dishes fill out the nonround portions of the menu.