Jen draws on more than 15 years in the permanent-makeup industry to fill in sparse eyebrows, augment lash lines with permanent eyeliner, and strategically trace on lip liner to counterbalance lip asymmetries. The tattoo-like makeup applications streamline morning beauty routines, cutting out minutes spent distinguishing eyeliner from off-brand fountain pens. Jen offers free pretreatment consultations, as well as touchups for a modest fee.
Clients leave Elite Ink transformed. Images of wolves, ankhs, and hearts permanently paint their skin, and metal loops dangle from earlobes, bellybuttons, and even throats. Such services are made possible by the tireless work of talented artists, each of whom has received Blood Borne Pathogen Certification from the American Red Cross. Sterilized, prepackaged needles ensure safety and that every torso portrait of Marvin the Martian aboard a razor scooter is pixel-perfect. A backlog of photos speaks to the caliber of work produced by Elite Ink’s artists. The tattooed names of ex-boyfriends and parents who put a hold your allowance can be safely removed by undergoing laser tattoo-removal treatments.
The tattoo artists at Chroma Tattoo know that tattoos last a lifetime and create a permanent connection between the client and the artist. With that much at stake, they leave nothing to chance. Before their needles and inks ever pierce skin, the artists walk clients through a long preparation process that involves designing the tattoo and determining the placement. They first work out the details of the design on paper, and then, they freehand the design onto the skin. This process gives clients the chance to make adjustments and give feedback.
While their friends are getting tattoos, guests can sink into two large leather sofas that huddle around a flat-screen TV. Here they can wile away the hours watching Netflix, playing Xbox 360, or contemplating which president had the most imposing beard.
Dr. Michael Margolis, a board-certified physician, oversees each treatment at Erase The Ink M.D. To start, a trained technician applies topical Lidocaine to numb the area. Next, the technician aims a RevLite Q-switched laser at the offending ink. While the laser sends intense pulsed light beneath the skin to break up the pigment, which is then released naturally through the body’s immune system, a jet releases cold air on the area to optimize comfort. Not without a sense of humor, the staff donates its services to the patient with the worst tattoo each week.
Two sparrows fly past, carrying a swirling banner emblazoned with the words "True Love." That could be the happy ending of a fairy tale—or your next tattoo. If it's the latter, the artists at Who's Your Donny Tattoo Company can make it happen. These seasoned masters draft custom designs and portraits that express your ideals or pay tribute an old friend or the last plant you were so good at neglecting. A full-time piercer is also there to embellish earlobes, noses, and nether regions with traditional studs and microdermal gems. In between body modifications, staffers meticulously sterilize their equipment and safely discard their single-use needles.
Steel Tattoo employs some of the best tattoo artists in the region—which is important, considering the permanent nature of their work. But they don't create their designs without input from their customers. Whether you're in the market for crossed swords or a decorative skull, just bring a drawing or idea into the shop and let the artists bring it to life.