You don't have to be a rock star to get a tattoo from Rock Star Tattoo, Piercing & Laser Tattoo Removal, but the work of the artists here might make you feel like one. Since 1999, the team has adorned Oahu locals and visitors with virtuosic body art and piercings. The most recent addition to the offerings is laser tattoo removal, which works more effectively than covering them with permanent marker every day. But if disguising unwanted ink is your goal, another option is a cover-up from tattoo artists H, Chris, and Lai, who specialize in them. The team also rocks Japanese-style tattoos, Polynesian tattoos, fine line work, and piercings.
Salon C is a full-service salon that updates clients’ looks while bestowing them with personalized attention and complimentary beverages. The experienced and well-rounded staff—composed of Paul Mitchell educators and graduates of the Aveda Institute—keeps their skills current through continual education. Ever on the hunt for the most flattering looks, they begin each service with a thorough consultation that evaluates clients’ eye color, skin tone, and DNA.
On the spa side of the treatment menu, aestheticians use Dermologica skincare products to foster younger-looking facades, while waxing techs create hair-free surfaces. Makeup artists forge temporary or permanent enhancements, and nail techs add another dimension to fingers and toes with 3-D nail art.
At Face It Permanent Make Up Center, a team of skilled micropigmentation specialists, each certified by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, enhances faces with permanent makeup. Led by owner Edine Swain, who finds personal fulfillment in working with clients dealing with birth defects and scars from accidents or surgeries, the professionals take the time to talk with each client and understand his or her vision for elegant eyeliner or lips the color of a newborn fire engine.
While darkening brows or adding a starlet beauty mark, the artistic technicians employ micropigment colors—which, unlike traditional tattoo ink, don’t acquire a bluish tint over time. They calibrate the pigment with the utmost care, blending hues to match a client’s skin and hair or applying multiple shades of color to brows for a natural look. The professionals also specialize in correcting work performed at salons and in scar re-pigmentation, shading in the pale tissue left by surgical procedures or jobs as the Three Stooges’ carpentry teacher.
Rather than sketching designs across the body, the tattoo artists at Lotus Dragon Tattoo opt to enhance eyes and lips with permanent cosmetics. After applying a topical anesthetic to the treatment area, the ink blotters use a sterile tattoo needle to outline upper eyelids or lips or fill out sparse eyebrows. Each cosmetic process takes anywhere from two to three hours and is tailored to suit the individual’s skin tone, hair color, and makeup preferences. Though the cosmetic tats last for life, touchups may be necessary every three to five years to combat fading, which is often caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight or incubation lamps.