Henna Gurus' homemade dye is free from chemicals and salon artist Najreen Khawaja isn't afraid to prove it. In fact, the henna veteran, who boasts more than 35 years of experience, always gives prenatal clients the opportunity to watch as she skillfully blends the paste from essential oils and traditional red dye right in front of them. When not made fresh in store, Najreen creates the organic stain at home before bringing it in for all the shop's gurus to use as they create intricate designs on clients’ hands, palms, and feet. And even though the centuries-old tradition began as a means for Indian brides to show their adoration for their soon-to-be husbands, Henna Gurus have found a variety of uses for the authentic paste. These include dying hair, decorating wedding cakes, and emblazoning other areas of the body with non-traditional henna designs, such as koi fish and koi fish battling tigers while surrounding by roses.
Sometimes when you leave childhood dreams behind, they still catch up with you. Such was the case with Dan Welsh, who, after a decade in the military that included a tour of Bosnia, found himself returning to the artwork that he had loved as a kid. Rediscovering his passion led him to found Motor City Tattoo Studio—named for his grandfather's Oshawa cab company—where he and three other skilled tattoo artists now bedeck their patrons with custom ink. Amid bright lime-green walls, the team also caters to clients seeking piercings, permanent makeup, and laser tattoo removal. Periodically, the group hosts custom art shows at their studio that aim to inspire guests to get tattoos of especially fetching art frames.
Divine Machine Tattoo's six artists may work with needles rather than brushes, but their work has every right to hang inside a museum?or at least to grace the skin of a museumgoer. They bring true artistic talent to each and every tattoo they design, though they all have their own way of doing it. Jake Anderson, for instance, excels at creating lifelike portraits of women's faces, while Noelle Lamonica brings a colorful, cartoonish style to renderings of popular comic-book characters. Others focus on mastering specific subject matter such as flowers, scorpions, butterflies, and birds, creating stylized images full of color and life.
Arboreal Ink is a tattoo and piercing studio located at 1745 Hertel Ave in Buffalo, NY that offers custom body art in a clean and professional environment. We are a new establishment, opened in early 2011, and are eager to spread our artistry around Buffalo.