Around the time he turned double digits, Damien Ramirez started drawing tattoo designs on family and friends. By 18, the self-taught tattoo artist had upped the stakes, tattooing himself and others with permanent ink. Since 2010, he's showcased his talents at Damm Nice Tattoos and Fine Art, where he covers human canvasses in customized designs that cover everything from exaggerated new-school cartoons to spiritual iconography. Damien can even tweak or enhance tattoos you already have by subtly modifying the design, rather than covering you in skin-colored ink. Besides the art he applies to bodies, Damien creates masterful fine art pieces which he sells from the studio.
As a girl of just 13 or 14, Amita perched in her aunts’ hair salon and watched with fascination as they snipped clients’ tresses. Today, Amita still watches the flash of scissors, but now they are in the hands of skilled stylists in her own salon.
Amita bustles through the shop, mixing honey, sugar, and lemon to create her own wax for hair-removal treatments, her specialty. She also mixes her own all-natural henna paste for embellishing hands and feet with elaborate whorls and loops. This attentiveness to the products used in her salon, combined with more than a quarter century of experience in the industry, has led Amita to insist that her stylists wield quality elixirs from Paul Mitchell and Biolage. The salon’s skincare specialists employ Repêchage products to renew visages wrinkled from a lifetime of frowning at a Rubik’s cube.
Tattoo artist Mario Barth has a long way since his difficult beginnings. Mario grew up in Austria at a time when tattooing wasn't just taboo, it was completely illegal. Despite numerous obstacles, he pursued his passion for the art form. His hard work paid off; he's since become a world-renowned artist and winner of more than 200 international awards. In addition to these accolades, Mario works with celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz and Sylvester Stallone. So, founding Starlight Tattoo might seem like a footnote in his storied history, but he still hand selects every artist the employs.?
Owned by distinguished artist Richard "Seen" Mirando and in business for more than 20 years, Tattoo Seen emblazons epidermal canvases with the customer's choice of inky artwork. The parlor's body taggers approach each design with stylistic adaptability, steady hands, and a keen artistic eye, tattooing anything from elegant script on the wrist to entire comic-book pages on larger areas of the body, as well as full-leg or sleeve artwork. Intent on preserving new pieces throughout the healing process, the staff provides customers with information on how to care for the new tattoo, such as keeping it out of the sun, avoiding scratching it, and feeding it a few temporary tattoos at least twice a day. Prices start at $50 for a name on the wrist and increase depending on the size of the commissioned work.
For more than three years, the artists at Ink House Studios have been decorating flesh with customized tattoos and piercings. Bold, bright floral designs, immaculate text, and traditional Japanese-style designs rendered in smooth gray and black are just a few specialties. Piercing specialists embellish bodies with gleaming jewelry or microdermal jewels.