Under the direction of owner Javier Acero, who has been a tattoo artist for over a decade, Tattoo and Co. provides tattooing, piercing and body art applications to a discerning crowd of hardcore Miami locals. The bright, clean shop on SW 40th Street is filled with a wild array of art pieces, paintings and design elements, from tiki-style carvings to colorful bits of art that make the white-walled space pop. Each of Tattoo and Co.’s artists operate in much the same way, with differing and unique styles offered by each individual staff member. Luckily, photo books and design samples are readily available, meaning guests can find the look that matches their personality before making an appointment with the appropriate artist. Piercings are also widely available, as are permanent makeup tattoos, with procedures being done in private rooms that run along a wide, narrow corridor.
Salvation Tattoo Lounge has been making its mark since 2005. At a pair of Miami Beach locations, professional ink artists transform their clients into living, breathing pieces of art. They can even recreate recognizable faces with striking precision, such as those of movie characters, pop culture stars, and beloved mailmen. When they're not peering through the crosshairs of a tattoo gun, the artists administer piercings and apply permanent makeup that is safe to wear by the pool and outdoors.
The artists of Black Rose Tattoo create custom body art in a clean, creative space decorated with framed drawings, large mirrors, and trophies from the South Florida Tattoo Expo. Its artists excel at Celtic- and Japanese-style ink, as well as biomechanical tattoos inspired by H.R. Giger illustrations. Sterile body piercings are also available.
With a decade of tattooing experience, there’s very little that the artist at Artefex Tattoo Studio can’t render in ink. Within private rooms of Artefex Tattoo Studio, they craft customized designs that range from realistic likenesses of Bob Marley to significant others’ names written in elegant script. Besides traditional tattooing, they cover tummy tuck scars with classy ink and enliven brows and lips with permanent makeup. Games of billiards and shows on flat-screen TVs entertain patrons in Artefex’s waiting room, and impatient clients can purchase their own tattoo machine and ink themselves.
Since first putting ink to skin in 2000, Fat Buddah Tattoo & Piercing outgrew two locations before finally taking residence in a 3,900-square-foot space. There, the experienced staff adorns clients with piercings and permanent artwork ranging from custom lettering to portraits. The shop’s portfolio boasts a large selection of designs, though they welcome clients to bring in their own ideas via sketches, photos, or vivid recollections of dreams.