The Hyatt Regency of Miami becomes a much more colorful place on the weekend of June 14, when talented tattoo artists and their fans swarm the hotel for TattooLaPalooza. Attendees can bob and weave through a plethora of booths to pick up samples and check out the vendors' various merchandise, such as Hush numbing gel and After Ink lotions. Meanwhile, to the delight of viewers, tattoo artists from across the country will proudly show off their talents on the bodies of eager fans, decorating them with everything from intricate portraits to simple mottos like, "You don't own me, Mom."
Though most visit the festival specifically to get inked by their favorite artist or an artist that impresses them on the spot, TattooLaPalooza offers a range of events for everyone in attendance, such as seminars, live art shows, and plenty of drinks and snacks. Each day of the convention will also feature contests in various categories, such as leg, sleeve, traditional, and even worst tattoo.
The talented florists at The Flower Shoppe and Things pass on the skills necessary to forge eye-catching arrangements during floral-design classes. Blossom newbies acquaint themselves with a variety of blooms from around the world before gleaning tips on how to make flower displays look as vibrant and fresh as a peacock in a rap video. The hands-on workshop bolsters a laid-back, intimate setting with class sizes limited to 10 students and includes all necessary flowers and materials. For an additional cost, participants can upgrade their class so they can choose their own colors, flower types, and vases to match home decorations or to make meat lockers appear homier.
The friendly sleep specialists at Brickell Mattress help to match slumberers to the mattresses that best meet their individual needs. On arrival at the store, customers can relax in the coffee lounge and read up on all the latest celebrity-mattress news, compliments of the store's free WiFi. Brickell’s knowledgeable, bilingual staff—all of whom have five or more years of mattress-matching experience—then whisk patrons about the showroom, showing off the extensive selection of memory-foam, latex-foam, water, and air mattresses. Additionally, customers enjoy a 30-day comfort guarantee that ensures if a mattress is not satisfactory, it can be exchanged for different model with no questions asked.
Since 2006, Loft Sofa has outfitted homes with modern furnishings handcrafted from quality fabrics and woods. In store and online, clients browse a range of styles, from sectional leather sofas and plush white couches to glass coffee tables and platform beds. Each of the shop's pieces keep mother nature humming with ecologically sustainable materials, including wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing kitchen, living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).
The periwinkle hues and quiet music at Caribbean Blue Spa mimic the color and soft sighing sounds of a placid sea. Sprays of flowers or flickering candles may stand on the corner tables, furthering that connection to nature during full-body massages, facials, and mani-pedis. High-tech equipment mounted on rolling stations helps complete those treatments or finally impress the bored teenage time traveller who has been following you around all day.