Breakthrough Tattoo is the studio of Texas State Board of Health–licensed artists Bill Walker and Wes Demise, who have been inking blank skin canvases for 16 and 17 years, respectively. As the experienced artists add indelible ink to skin, they keep prioritize cleanliness and sterilization by using handmade, single-use needles. They sterilize these needles with an autoclave, which itself is tested for spores each month. Bill and Wes post their portfolios online, which allows clients a preview of the drama they’ll see portrayed on their skin, like a trailer for a movie that Disney animators will draw directly on you.
American Tattoo Company founder Shane Robbins worked for many years as a paramedic, so it comes as no surprise that he runs his tattoo shop with hospital-like sterility practices. He and his team of artists have all completed trainings in bloodborne pathogens, protecting clients from nasty bugs such as hepatitis B and vampirism. And the parlor’s artistic work speaks for itself, as the team adorns birthday suits with floral and tribal designs, lifelike portraits, and intricate lettering.
Since sweethearts and body art trends change over time, these artists can also remove old tattoos with the laser-free Tattoo Vanish system. With several treatments, it erases youthful indiscretions or fades them enough to be inked over with a new design.
The clinicians at Body Restore Laser Clinic keep clients looking their best with a wide range of aesthetic treatments for men and women. Wielding a trusty laser, the team works to remove unwanted hair and loosen the ironclad grip of father time with anti-aging treatments ranging from wrinkle reduction to photofacial rejuvenation, in addition to resurfacing scars and removing tattoos. VIP after-hours parties bundle beauty services, snacks, and drinks, and they cater to groups of six or more, making for an indulgent girls' night out or a particularly memorable parent-teacher conference. The staffers at Body Restore Laser Clinic are adamant about giving back to the community, assisting anti-gang organizations by performing tattoo and scar removal for ex-gang members. They also honor and pay tribute to local police, firefighters, and servicemen with complimentary scar and burn treatments for those who have been injured in the line of duty.
After training in Thailand, the licensed aesthetician behind Houston 3D Eyebrows & Beauty brought 3-D permanent makeup to the States. Unlike the traditional hair-stroke technique, 3-D permanent makeup layers color in multiple passes, which culminate in realistic ink strokes that flatter the eyebrows, eyelids, or areolae. In addition to 2-D permanent makeup, staffers also pamper visages with facials, waxing, and body wraps.
Using vibrant colors to dress human flesh, artists transform people into works of art at ABC Bodyart. A peek into the gallery shows images of people wearing clothes, patterns, and fur where there is none, their skin covered in expertly applied paint, temporary tattoos, and henna. The body-art outlet offers up models to paint during classes and private events and also caters to kids with face-painting packages.
"What is it going to be like when you're a grandparent with that ink on your body?" Clients of Blank Slate Laser Tattoo Removal never have to find out. Whether it's the initials of a former lover or a full-scale portrait of a hometown mayor, the technicians examine each tattoo to determine a realistic program to eradicate it. During the removal process, the beam from the Quanta Q-Plus C laser system passes through the skin and breaks up the ink for the body to reabsorb. Though movies have people convinced that being hit by a laser beam may obliterate body parts, in actuality, the laser feels like a snap from a rubber band. This snap is ameliorated by blasts of cold air from the laser system's cooling device. Post-treatment, skin may be red and swollen with minor blistering. Patients should wait six–eight weeks between treatments to allow adequate healing and ink fading.