To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Versed in one of the world’s few indelible art forms, the skilled tattoo artists at Las Vegas Tattoo Lounge know their work has to be good enough to last a lifetime. Their commitment to expertise and comfort extends to each of the shop's three other locations—Sin City Ink, Executive Tattoo Lounge, and LV Tattoo Lounge. Artists on each experienced and enthusiastic team stand ready to execute all tattoo and piercing needs, whether clients want their grins adorned with lip rings or their grocery lists permanently inscribed on their palms.
Since his first studio opened in 1994, owner Joe Cool has seen more than a few famous faces pass through the doors of his shop. Athletes, musicians, and actors are among the clientele attracted to Voodoo Tattoo by its talented artists and hospital-grade sterilization practices. Clients can decorate their bodies with tattoos in black and grayscale, or opt for a brightly colored design to make a statement or distract parents from other, less noticeable tattoos. A piercing specialist with eight years of experience ornaments earlobes, nostrils, and other extremities with high-quality jewelry.
The team at Paradise Permanent Makeup has been tattooing clients with long-lasting eyeliner, brow color, and other enhancements for more than 30 years. They custom-mix all of their pigments, which allows them to match clients’ skin tones perfectly and ensures realistic results. The service can benefit those who have lost hair, want to avoid daily makeup application, or are dealing with scarring. In addition to permanent makeup, Paradise offers waxing, traditional tattoos, and classes and apprenticeships that teach the trade of permanent makeup.
Between the crimson walls that border Tatt Life Studios, artists Sin City Smitty, Matthew James Aspatore, and Kyla Oyamot adorn epidermal canvases with custom art. The trio's portfolio spotlights a diverse range of work: shaded portraits—some in color, some in grayscale—share space with line work. For a celebrity endorsement of the studio, tattoo seekers need look no further than the forearm of DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia.
From his studio space at Executive Tattoo Lounge, Victor Rodriguez inks his clients with the same enthusiasm he injects into his vibrant artwork, penning colorful designs at no extra charge. Those looking to finally get that beautiful tattoo of their passport photo can check out Victor's expert handiwork, which includes everything from ravens and keyboards to roses and guitar skeletons. Because getting a tattoo is an intimate experience, the entire process takes place within a clean, comfortable environment, where it's easy to relax while needles colorize your epidermis.