With a decade of tattooing experience, there’s very little that the artist at Artefex Tattoo Studio can’t render in ink. Within private rooms of Artefex Tattoo Studio, they craft customized designs that range from realistic likenesses of Bob Marley to significant others’ names written in elegant script. Besides traditional tattooing, they cover tummy tuck scars with classy ink and enliven brows and lips with permanent makeup. Games of billiards and shows on flat-screen TVs entertain patrons in Artefex’s waiting room, and impatient clients can purchase their own tattoo machine and ink themselves.
Salvation Tattoo Lounge has been making its mark since 2005. At a pair of Miami Beach locations, professional ink artists transform their clients into living, breathing pieces of art. They can even recreate recognizable faces with striking precision, such as those of movie characters, pop culture stars, and beloved mailmen. When they're not peering through the crosshairs of a tattoo gun, the artists administer piercings and apply permanent makeup that is safe to wear by the pool and outdoors.
The skilled professionals at Miami Tattoo Lounge know that their art can change lives—after all, their canvases are the clients themselves. Respecting that fact, they put their customers' wants first as they decorate patrons' forms with artful piercing and custom tattoos.
The shop's resident artists draw from a wide range of training, skills, and experiences while collaborating on and creating their permanent works of art. Joseph Casal specializes in biomechanical creations, Horacio Montes nods to Mexican muralists with his surreal dreamscapes, and Rue McLean pauses a globetrotting career encompassing Amsterdam and Aruba to ink and pierce. Resident guest artist Victor Rodriguez works alongside the trio, practicing a craft that emphasizes bright, vibrant colors and realistic designs. The staff's collective portfolio showcases designs ranging from full-sleeve decorations to old-school adornments of dragons, skulls, and freshman locker combinations.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Nails and tattoos
Brands Used: Motives cosmetics
Brands Used: Essie
What’s your favorite part about your job?
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
In 2005. I grew up as an artist, but wanted to express art through nails, makeup, and tattoos.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
BS in hospitality management and entertainment management, and Florida nail technician and skin care specialist licenses.
Across Tattoolicious’s and Inkfamous's locations, a team of tattoo artists and piercing experts adorn clients with statement pieces. Ink specialists cover up existing tattoos or indecently naked arms with the client’s image of choice, such as black-and-white portraits of rap artists or brightly colored octopuses. Partitioned areas offer privacy for staffers to affix jewelry to ears, faces, or body areas.