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.
Under the direction of owner Javier Acero, who has been a tattoo artist for over a decade, Tattoo and Co. provides tattooing, piercing and body art applications to a discerning crowd of hardcore Miami locals. The bright, clean shop on SW 40th Street is filled with a wild array of art pieces, paintings and design elements, from tiki-style carvings to colorful bits of art that make the white-walled space pop. Each of Tattoo and Co.’s artists operate in much the same way, with differing and unique styles offered by each individual staff member. Luckily, photo books and design samples are readily available, meaning guests can find the look that matches their personality before making an appointment with the appropriate artist. Piercings are also widely available, as are permanent makeup tattoos, with procedures being done in private rooms that run along a wide, narrow corridor.
The epidermal embellishers at AllStar Tattoos & Body Piercing adorn bodies with eye-catching jewelry and precisely drawn tattoos in a safe, clean environment. Licensed tattoo artists emblazon customer exteriors with vivid images and text arranged into shapes such as upper-arm half sleeves, chest pieces, and lower-back trapezoids. Piercing specialist William Roldan practices his skin-puncturing craft with a portfolio of gently inserted piercings and dermals that glitter from earlobes, eyebrows, and backs. Purchasers of the first option can start a tattoo collection with a subtle star, rose, or cursive name, while those choosing the second option can finish up a full sleeve or ascend to the upper crust with a set of diamond freckles.
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.