The team at Black Rose Tattooers is on a roll. In 2012, they received their third consecutive Best Tattoo Parlor award from Tuscon Weekly. Over the years, the magazine has had a lot to say about the trio of shops, calling the artists “masters of their craft” and admiring how “skill is apparent in every design, whether the tattoo is a realistic portrait…or a custom sleeve”. Though the tattooers love to accept custom projects, the street-style shops also welcome passersby for impromptu ink sessions. In case clients are too excited about their fresh ink to pay attention to the staff's post-tattooing guidelines, the company's website has a page with tips for tattoo aftercare.
When not hunched over their buzzing tattoo tools, Black Rose’s team also performs face and body piercings, even surgically implanting tongs to improve grilling abilities. They take this work rather seriously as well—each year, the crew attends the Association of Professional Piercers Conference in Las Vegas. Two of the staffers even have their own jewelry line, Honeycomb Organics, a collection of one-of-a-kind wood, stone, silver, and copper baubles that ranges from traditional rings and necklaces to large-gauge body jewelry.
When it comes to permanent makeup, Janet Nodine isn't just savvy—she's certified. Already an experienced cosmetician, Janet picked up multiple credentials from the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics as she honed her ability to enhance lips, eyebrows, and lashes with natural pigments applied to the dermal layer of the skin. She also happens to be a certified nurse-midwife with a master of science in nursing, but her main focus at Lily Aesthetics remains complementing each client's skin and eye tone with suitable color palettes.
When it comes to natural African-American hair, no styling task is impossible for Rebecca Tiah. She specializes in such services at A Beautiwerx Salon, braiding locks into cornrows, lengthening them with extensions, or perming them into wavy curls. Her expertise extends to all types of hair, which she deftly styles and colors, as well as spa-style treatments such as mani-pedis and facials.
At Inkaholics Anonymous a staff of highly skilled, friendly, and creative tattoo artists decorate bodies with everything from permanent eye to lip makeup. Piercing specialists safely install earrings and body jewelry from a wide range of styles and designs, while tattoo aftercare tips help clients heal their skin and protect their ink for years to come.
Dr. Kelly, RN at LaJollaNecklift.com is a California registered nurse and Doctor of Naturpathic Medicine. She was trained by Allergan, the manufacturers of Botox, during the initial clinical trials of Botox Cosmetic in 1999, and is a veteran in the world of skin-smoothing injections. To promote the growth of the body's stem cell production of collagen synthesis, Dr. Kelly and a fellow colleague created the The Vampira Facial and PRP- Natural Facelift. For more than 14 years her aesthetic repertoire has expanded to include skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and a bevy of other skin-clarifying techniques that leave complexions baby soft and adult durable. She created NewportNeckLift to focus on smoothing rough-textured and draping skin around the neck, which can lose elasticity due to age, weight loss, sun damage, or other factors. This treatment encourages collagen regeneration and skin-tightening and can be done in one sitting with little downtime.
At Peaceful Spirit, owner and licensed massage therapist Mara Concordia and her staff help patients attain improved wellness through therapies that balance their physical and mental energies. To do so, they consult with each client and create tailored, integrative care plans that may draw upon treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and spa therapies. Through such customized care, Peaceful Spirit's practitioners have helped patients overcome everyday ailments as well as manage diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.
They also focus on teaching clients how to heal themselves through classes in Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese healing philosophy that combines simple movements and attentive breathing in order to cleanse the body and cultivate life force—known as qi or chi. In addition to Peaceful Spirit's five locations, therapists can meet patients in their homes or tree houses.