Karen Laing has followed her love for beautification down many paths, including attending school for aesthetician studies, acting as both beauty queen and pageant judge, and her current profession as a permanent-makeup artist. She meticulously draws on individual eyebrow strokes or enhances peepers with permanent eyeliner with the experience that comes not only from her extensive training, but also from having permanent makeup herself. In addition to makeup, Karen also individually bonds synthetic eyelashes to natural ones to create more lush and dramatic blinks, and treats signs of aging with wrinkle-reduction, sunspot-reduction, and other anti-aging therapies.
Even if the licensed staffers at Simply Ink Tattoo didn’t apply your tattoo originally, they have no problem touching it up. This isn’t to say they don’t create original tattoos, though. Each artist combines specialization with versatility, delivering stunning ink in his or her chosen field or across traditional categories including black-and-grey, color, and lettered tattoos. They also dig collaboration, working with customers to design all-new imagery or bring to life pre-existing sketches and ideas.
The artists at Empire Tattoo Inc adorn bodies with indelible designs and semipermanent pieces of jewelry. Their work ranges from realistic to abstract, spanning the gamut from portraits and florals to edgy venn diagrams. The cosmetic artist on staff imbues faces with permanent brow liner, eyeliner, and lip color using techniques approved by the Beau Institute of Permanent & Corrective Cosmetics.
Walls bedecked with vivid artwork make known the heart of Pride & Glory, an artist-formed tattoo and piercing studio, as dedicated to the history and tradition of tattooing as it is to the future of the form. The skilled staffers bring with them artistic backgrounds in painting, sculpting, and invisible-ink portraiture, and pair their well-practiced trades with an impressive stock of body jewelry and after-care products. Free consultations encourage guests to thoughtfully plan their ink, and hundreds of flash-art designs cater to patrons in search of inspiration.
After a career in the tattoo industry, Mandy Sauler, who's known for her steady hand and ability to create fine lines, turned to permanent makeup and founded Captivating Cosmetics. Today, she employs seven years of micropigmentation experience and has worked with all kinds of skin types and ethnicities to create natural-looking eyebrows, lip color, and eyeliner, as well as camouflage scars, birthmarks, and outdated SAT cheat sheets. Mandy's teammate, Theresa Weston, draws upon her three years of micropigmentation experience and her background as a makeup artist working with industry leaders such as Clinique, Bare Escentuals, and Origins.