The clinicians at Body Restore Laser Clinic keep clients looking their best with a wide range of aesthetic treatments for men and women. Wielding a trusty laser, the team works to remove unwanted hair and loosen the ironclad grip of father time with anti-aging treatments ranging from wrinkle reduction to photofacial rejuvenation, in addition to resurfacing scars and removing tattoos. VIP after-hours parties bundle beauty services, snacks, and drinks, and they cater to groups of six or more, making for an indulgent girls' night out or a particularly memorable parent-teacher conference. The staffers at Body Restore Laser Clinic are adamant about giving back to the community, assisting anti-gang organizations by performing tattoo and scar removal for ex-gang members. They also honor and pay tribute to local police, firefighters, and servicemen with complimentary scar and burn treatments for those who have been injured in the line of duty.
American Tattoo Company founder Shane Robbins worked for many years as a paramedic, so it comes as no surprise that he runs his tattoo shop with hospital-like sterility practices. He and his team of artists have all completed trainings in bloodborne pathogens, protecting clients from nasty bugs such as hepatitis B and vampirism. And the parlor’s artistic work speaks for itself, as the team adorns birthday suits with floral and tribal designs, lifelike portraits, and intricate lettering.
Since sweethearts and body art trends change over time, these artists can also remove old tattoos with the laser-free Tattoo Vanish system. With several treatments, it erases youthful indiscretions or fades them enough to be inked over with a new design.
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.
At Amillion Tattoos, visitors can obtain striking permanent body art and body piercings from a talented and experienced staff of artists in the medium of flesh-frescoes. Instead of super-gluing laminated finger paintings to their backs, customers can acquire meaningful tats within a clean and sanitary environment free of compost heaps. Though the price of each tattoo varies according to design, detail, and syllable count, visitors can opt for a 2”, three-color butterfly ($70–$80), a black and gray palm-sized tattoo ($150–$200), or go for the gusto with an elaborate 9”x4” full-color elbow-to-shoulder tat ($400–$800). Additionally, there’s no need to fool around with a staple gun at home, since the Amillion crew can precisely puncture you with high-quality piercings, including a gem nostril piercing ($55), a 10-gauge lip piercing ($66), or a 14- to 16-gauge eyebrow ring ($50). A surgical steel post is included with each piercing, and can be bumped up to bling for an additional fee.
At Southside Tattoo, located in Austin’s South Congress neighborhood, the focus is always on the art. Owner Bart Willis and his team of artists and apprentices have become well-known locally for their craft, which extends well beyond the late night bad-idea tattoo crowd. Inside the vibrant blue space, lit partially by a neon sign, art and possibilities adorn the walls in organized frames. With designs that have graced the covers of rock albums and tattoo magazines, Willis and the rest of the crew at Southside Tattoo showcase a love for the talent of tattooing, and often work with individuals to put together unique pieces that fit the customer’s personality. From full sleeves to delicate reminders hidden under clothing, Southside doesn’t shy away from the work, or the artistry.