For more than three years, the artists at Ink House Studios have been decorating flesh with customized tattoos and piercings. Bold, bright floral designs, immaculate text, and traditional Japanese-style designs rendered in smooth gray and black are just a few specialties. Piercing specialists embellish bodies with gleaming jewelry or microdermal jewels.
The walls of Park City Tattoo are covered in colorful samples of the artists—everything from elegant floral patterns to cartoon characters and otherworldly beings. It's testament to the diverse repertoire of artists Hector Daniels and Rob Green, who create both color and black-and-white compositions. They can even create lifelike portraits of a beloved family member or ink on next week's grocery list. Before, during, and after the tattoo service, the team takes extra care to make sure each client feels comfortable.
As a girl of just 13 or 14, Amita perched in her aunts’ hair salon and watched with fascination as they snipped clients’ tresses. Today, Amita still watches the flash of scissors, but now they are in the hands of skilled stylists in her own salon.
Amita bustles through the shop, mixing honey, sugar, and lemon to create her own wax for hair-removal treatments, her specialty. She also mixes her own all-natural henna paste for embellishing hands and feet with elaborate whorls and loops. This attentiveness to the products used in her salon, combined with more than a quarter century of experience in the industry, has led Amita to insist that her stylists wield quality elixirs from Paul Mitchell and Biolage. The salon’s skincare specialists employ Repêchage products to renew visages wrinkled from a lifetime of frowning at a Rubik’s cube.
When she was studying Indian spirituality, Trudy Pellegrino came across an art form that would become her livelihood: henna. Derived from a dried, ground plant that is mixed with water to form a paste, henna is used to paint intricate designs on the body to celebrate occasions such as weddings or religious holidays. Trudy, having a bachelor's degree in fine arts, schooled herself in the art, developing henna recipes and techniques, and fine-tuning her work until she was ready to turn pro. Today, the artist mixes her certified-organic henna with water, lemon juice, and aromatic oils. Some of the ornate swooshes and squiggles she paints date back to 8,000 BC or the advent of temporary tattoos on gum wrappers. In addition to traditional bridal henna and for-fun designs, Pellegrino can also paint trial-run tattoos for customers who want to test-drive a design before they go in for a permanent one.
Clean Slate Laser eschews injections, creams, and acids for Q-switched laser technology, which can break down tattoo pigment without penetrating the deeper layers of skin and causing scars. Clients relax on plush treatment beds as certified specialists target the laser on everything from full sleeves to small written reminders of where you hid the gold. As the laser sweeps over the area, a cooling device quickly follows to optimize comfort.
The artists at Byram Ink Tattoo, Fernando and Alex, have worked together for more than a decade. Yet, that pales in comparison to their individual accomplishments. Both men have more than 25 years experience stored in their steady hands, and both have spread their artistry across three continents. They've since landed in Greenwich at Byram Ink Tattoo, a facility that hosts three private workstations and unmatched sanitation standards. Visitors can browse Byam's collection of tattoo designs—which stretches into the thousands—or bring in rough drafts drawn at home or by an unusually creative polygraph machine.