The professional staff at Westcoast Piercing and Ink uphold a commitment to promoting artistic expression and pristine safety standards. As the first Association of Professional Piercers member-run studio in the Lower Mainland, the shop practices advanced sterilization technology while carrying out on-trend procedures. Team members share piercing and ink-related knowledge to clients and ensure everyone has a comprehensive understanding of the procedures in play. Inside the shop, cases of gold and diamond-studded body jewelry line the floor, boasting designer names such as Anatometal, Body Vision Los Angeles, and Industrial Strength. Professional piercer, Kelly, and his team not only outfit ears and other body parts with piercings; they work alongside a band of tattoo artists who decorate skin with colorful custom sleeves or ornate body sets. Together, the staff fosters a safe, self-expressive environment while having fun at private functions, concerts, exhibitions, and trade shows
Michael T. Gardner has been a prolific artist now for more than 15 years. His work can't be found in a gallery, though. Rather, it can be seen on arms, hips, backs, legs, and necks all over the city. That's because he renders his art in the form of tattoos, covering skin in countless designs. To save everybody the hassle of scouring bars, rock concerts, or biker knitting circles, Gardner conveniently keeps a record of his work on a Facebook page. Here, customers can spur on their imagination by perusing his latest pieces, such as an orange phoenix hip tattoo or a geometric tribal design that wraps around biceps. Of course, he or Scott Hale, an apprentice, happily work off of brought-in designs, as well as consult closely with clients to create something new. Once they have finished working, they share several tips for post tattooing care, such as avoiding swimming pools filled with permanent ink.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
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After 10 years in the industry, husband-and-wife team Mark and Maren opened Hip-Hop Robot Tattoo as a clean and creative destination for getting inked. Peruse the artfully decorated interior while waiting to have a bicep turned into a canvas or a forehead into a marriage proposal. Each professionally trained artist collaborates with skin wearers to ensure they walk away with the perfect body design, artfully inked in black and gray ($100/hour) or vivid color ($120). The store’s vibrant ambiance helps clients overcome tattoo block with a range of original ink drawings and vinyl art, in addition to a leather couch for relaxing while dreaming up a new design.