Founded by lifetime Charlotte resident and certified laser specialist Franklin Thigpen, Tattoo Bill’s Tattoo Removal frees customers from the yoke of youthful decision making with an FDA-approved MedLite C6 laser, which zaps away unwanted black and color designs. After pumping $10,000 into comparative research trials, the shop settled on the MedLite system, pairing the powerful machine with a dye hand-piece to remove the staunchest of dragons and most slippery of carp. Customers can share relevant medical concerns during a free pretreatment consultation, during which Frank describes the minimal pain of the procedure and discusses realistic outcomes. Much like the tattoo parlors whose work they must erase, the staff heartily welcomes spontaneous walk-ins.
Samira Haddad is an artist obsessed with color. But her work doesn’t hang from any wall; rather, it is displayed proudly on the bodies of her clients. Samira learned the craft of permanent makeup at the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics, and she has been working in the field for more than two decades. As owner of Samira's Permanent Cosmetics and Training Center, she enhances brows, lids, and lips with carefully chosen hues and adds definition to areolas after reconstructive breast surgeries. She also schools students in the fundamentals of permanent cosmetics, including soft-tap techniques, sanitation, and color correction of prison unibrows.
At Sinners and Saints, visitors can obtain high-quality body art in a clean and sterile environment. A talented staff of friendly tattooists is led by owner Big Nick, who boasts years of experience from working at his previous shop, Ace Custom Tattoos. Customers can outfit themselves with permanent pizzazz that won’t wash away during pool parties thanks to customized tattoos ($60 is the minimum price for the smallest tattoo possible). Budding tattoocionados can also opt for an elaborate and deftly detailed piece in a simple one-color format or one boasting a bouillabaisse of colorful hues.
During an interview on WLNK's Matt & Ramona Show, Vanish-Ink owner Mick Biddy described one of the tattoos he was in the process of treating. "A young gentleman came in with a heart on his shoulder, with a banner across it and his ex-girlfriend's name. We're just taking the name off, so we can put his new girlfriend's name in." Ended relationships are just one reason people visit Biddy's practice. Many want to get rid of a tattoo because of poor craftsmanship, because they have outgrown their body art, or because a former favorite anchor refuses to apologize for something. Whatever the reason, Biddy helps them using a MedLite C6 laser that can move quickly across the skin. The beam breaks down the particles of ink, allowing them to be absorbed into the body and flushed away. The spa's lasers can also reduce hair growth with vacuum-assisted lasers that draw flesh into the beams for more effective treatment.
At Sketch Pad Tattoos, rows of inkable designs line green and red walls, inspiring clients and artists alike with both traditional and custom images. Each private tattoo room houses sanitary, single-use needles that etch letters, realistic portraits, and one-of-a-kind illustrations into skin or that cover up homemade-tattoo attempts rife with typographical errors. Piercing services further modify lobes, noses, and vestigial tails in the relaxed studio flanked with comfortable couches.