Using the body as their canvas, the artists at SDInk Tattoo and Body Piercing bring a client’s vision to life in any size, shape, and color. The artists, who specialize in tattoos that contour to the shape of the body, use vivid colors, satin blacks and greys, and ultraviolet ink visibile under black light to create custom tattoos. In additional to traditional and Japanese designs, the artists also create realistic portraits that can depict a loved one or beloved pet. And though ink is their specialty, the shop's professionals also pierce any body part that falls above the waist. Customers must be 18 or older for tattoos, but piercings are available for customers under 18 with a consenting parent or guardian.
The tattoo artist hunches over his canvas, putting the finishing touches on a piece he has been working on for days. He adds in final notes of color and shadow, standing back to reveal the completed work—a haunting portrait of a gypsy woman, her peacock feather fan rendered in striking detail.
This is a common scene at Stylz Tattoos & Piercings, where the staff is known for their intricate designs and painstaking attention to detail. The highly trained and certified artists collaborate with clients, turning ideas into stunning designs in an array of styles. Clients have ordered up a grisly black-and-gray skull writhing with tendons, a cartoonish New School flounder, or a color-soaked koi fish. As the tattoo artists work, a staff of highly trained piercers decorate bellybuttons, cheeks, and eyebrows with jewelry made from fine material—from hoops sculpted from gold to earrings carved out of leprechaun baby teeth.
Tucked inside the same building at Hotties Pizza, Just Ink Tattoo houses a quartet of tattoo artists able to render any idea in ink. Their customized designs run the gamut from realistic likenesses of Jim Morrison to favorite quotes written in elegant script. A free consultation precedes any tattooing, and a roomy, couch-equipped waiting area keeps clients comfy before their appointments.
Ever Beauty Clinic's certified permanent-makeup artist, Dr. Diny Park, makes facial features sing with artfully applied tattooed cosmetics. Using a specialized machine, the experienced techs carefully apply pigment and essence of Cleopatra into the skin's dermal layer. Clients can opt to accentuate lashes with the application of a solid line, small dots, or smudged line, or to fill in sparse or uneven brows. After the one-hour procedure, treatment areas may be slightly swollen and will darken over the next few days as they heal, peel, and fade. Permanent makeup is chosen by busy beauties who want to cut down on their morning-ritual time, as well as by alopecia patients and those allergic to traditional makeup and seasonal eyeliner hailstorms.