The team at Black Rose Tattooers is on a roll. In 2012, they received their third consecutive Best Tattoo Parlor award from Tuscon Weekly. Over the years, the magazine has had a lot to say about the trio of shops, calling the artists “masters of their craft” and admiring how “skill is apparent in every design, whether the tattoo is a realistic portrait…or a custom sleeve”. Though the tattooers love to accept custom projects, the street-style shops also welcome passersby for impromptu ink sessions. In case clients are too excited about their fresh ink to pay attention to the staff's post-tattooing guidelines, the company's website has a page with tips for tattoo aftercare.
When not hunched over their buzzing tattoo tools, Black Rose’s team also performs face and body piercings, even surgically implanting tongs to improve grilling abilities. They take this work rather seriously as well—each year, the crew attends the Association of Professional Piercers Conference in Las Vegas. Two of the staffers even have their own jewelry line, Honeycomb Organics, a collection of one-of-a-kind wood, stone, silver, and copper baubles that ranges from traditional rings and necklaces to large-gauge body jewelry.
When it comes to permanent makeup, Janet Nodine isn't just savvy—she's certified. Already an experienced cosmetician, Janet picked up multiple credentials from the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics as she honed her ability to enhance lips, eyebrows, and lashes with natural pigments applied to the dermal layer of the skin. She also happens to be a certified nurse-midwife with a master of science in nursing, but her main focus at Lily Aesthetics remains complementing each client's skin and eye tone with suitable color palettes.
When it comes to natural African-American hair, no styling task is impossible for Rebecca Tiah. She specializes in such services at A Beautiwerx Salon, braiding locks into cornrows, lengthening them with extensions, or perming them into wavy curls. Her expertise extends to all types of hair, which she deftly styles and colors, as well as spa-style treatments such as mani-pedis and facials.
At Inkaholics Anonymous a staff of highly skilled, friendly, and creative tattoo artists decorate bodies with everything from permanent eye to lip makeup. Piercing specialists safely install earrings and body jewelry from a wide range of styles and designs, while tattoo aftercare tips help clients heal their skin and protect their ink for years to come.
Diamond Body Art’s tattoo artists adorn bodies with tattoos done in a variety of styles. Alfonso specializes in realistic portraits done in black and gray. He can make anything look real, including a horror tattoo of Frankenstein’s monster or of a demon leaving the bathroom without washing his hands. Whether he’s creating a realistic bird or a cartoon character such as Mini Mouse, Dominic infuses the skin with bold colors. And Michael focuses on drawing clean lines when crafting Polynesian or Japanese-style tattoos.
Tattoo parlors and barbershops are in Adam Dorsett's blood. After inheriting his great uncle and aunt's 1930s tattoo equipment and barber tools, he entered a tattooing apprenticeship. With 3.5 years of instruction and experience, Dorsett opened Electric Haven Tattoo & Barber Shop and invented High Life Pomade—a classic workingman's hair grease that keeps strands in place by never saying “I love you.”
All of Dorsett's tattoo artists completed apprenticeships up to four years long and draw on that experience as they craft masterpieces such as portraits and old-school tats. His barbers trim dos and facial hair the old-fashioned way—with straight razors and hot towels. While they wait, barber customers of age may sip on complimentary tap beer. To ensure safety, Dorsett makes sure his staff is certified in CPR, first aid, and blood-borne pathogens. They also participate in monthly sterilizer spore testing and proper biowaste removal.