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 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.
The trained technicians at Houston Tattoo Removal Clinic help delete unwanted tattoos using an FDA-approved, noninvasive laser. An initial consultation factors in everything from the tattoo's depth and age to skin type to determine the most effective treatment. During the procedure, a handheld laser hovers over the ink, delivering short bursts of energy to fade the pigmentation without damaging the skin around it. Though some designs may take up to 12 treatments to fully banish, many require only two visits, and virtually all patients observe no scarring afterward.
The laser technology can also fight age-related blemishes with services such as liver-spot removal and scar reduction, but Houston Tattoo Removal Clinic's true passion is in helping Texas youngsters erase the mistakes of their past. Aside from its outreach work with the Texas Youth Commission, the clinic proudly expunges tattoos from the faces and hands of kids aged 17 and younger for free—an act of benevolence that has helped wipe troubled teens' slates clean for a healthy, happy future.