Most people don’t think of tattoo parlors as an appropriate place to bring the kids to. The staff at A Fu Kein Good Tattoo and Piercing, however, want to change that perception, believing that there’s no reason why kids shouldn’t be there to see where Mom and Pop get their ink done. They maintain a kid-friendly policy, allowing supervised children to play video games, watch TV, or give their dolls Crayola-drawn tribal tattoos while the artists and piercers outfit the grownups with new body art in the shop’s private rooms. The artists in residence specialize in a range of styles, sketching out everything from intricate lettering to realistic portraits and designs with psychedelic coloring. Additionally, the team can use pre-drawn designs or custom, hand-sketched designs of the boat anchor you’ve sworn undying love to. The staff also creates intricate designs for boys and girls’ names, which customers can purchase if they already have a go-to tattoo guy.
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.
The indelible ink that Martin Ramos impresses upon skin tells a story, be it about a client's personality, origins, or loved ones. Martin wields the ink like an artist?it helps that he's also a painter?to cover flesh in both intricate and simple designs, though realism is his specialty. His work includes delicately floating flowers and butterflies, carefully printed text, and brightly hued skulls, among many other subjects. Martin custom draws each tattoo, ensuring that no two skulls look alike?or have the same name.
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.
Every day at Salvatore's Pizza, Pasta & Subs, chefs toss fresh pizzas and prepare accompanying dishes inspired by the savory tastes of Sicily. Converse with up to three guests about what blue tastes like while noshing on pillowy garlic rolls drenched in olive oil and topped with large chunks of garlic. Up to four pizza toppings, such as pepperoni, anchovies, fresh tomatoes, eggplant, and mushrooms, top bubbly cheese and savory marinara, and Pepsi-product fountain drinks quench parched gullets.
The Florida Cajun Zydeco festival's seven musical acts fill the air with traditional tunes on two outdoor stages. Wooden dance floors and guided dance lessons (held in between sets) encourage rug-cuttery as the C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band wails away on fiddle and guitar, and the multi-instrumentalist Magnolia Sisters reinvigorate forgotten standards more effectively than auto-tuned re-mixes of Glen Miller's catalogue. Each band also gives a 20- to 30-minute lesson about the history of their music. Visitors can suppress unruly appetites with spicy Cajun and Creole fare while perusing the offerings of craft vendors. Pintsize patrons can revel in games and rides, while larger patrons can revel in the festival's free parking.