What makes a BMX-riding, snowboarding, motocross enthusiast sit still? If the person in question is Mark Prata, it's the opportunity to create artwork for his clients that will last a lifetime. Prata considers his work an honour, and he pairs his considerable skill—which is on display in the television series Breakout Kings—with hygienic practices that make the ink as safe as it is lasting. Each of Toronto Ink Tattoo and Laser Studio's artists receives training from the city's health educators, and opens the sterilized needles and tubes in full view of clients and butterfly muses.
The certified laser technicians at Precision Laser Tattoo Removal focus their skills on banishing blemishes and unwanted tattoos after complimentary consultations. Using the state-of-the-art MedLite C6 laser, they tackle tattoos of all ink colours resulting from a dare, vacation, or bar fight with a fountain pen. The laser can also fade birthmarks, age spots, and freckles for smoother skin.
The chefs at Dyne Restaurant possess globe-spanning culinary skills: in their kitchen, they combine traditions, recipes, and preparation techniques from diverse regions in Iberia and Asia. As they craft seasonally inspired dishes such as jellyfish with daikon, hamachi crudo, or angus short ribs, the kitchen team focuses on creating stimulating textures and vibrant flavours. The restaurant’s minimalist dining space is typified by modern decor and a lack of distracting taxidermied bears. Bartenders complement dishes with traditional cocktails given a modern twist with ingredients such as guava juice, egg whites, and rosemary-infused vodka.
Adding it's unique colourful stamp to an already vibrant neighbourhood, Way Cool Tattoos on Queen St. attracts new and un-inked customers with it's skilled tattoo artists, neon storefront sign, and a well-lit shop interior. Way Cool's resident artisans pride themselves on inspired and well-considered designs, never pressuring clients to make hasty body art decisions that lead to an ex's name forever tattooed on a forearm or nostrils permanently pierced shut to combat seasonal allergies. Appointments can be made for tattoo and piercing work, but walk-ins are also welcome seven days a week.
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.