With his face and chest scratched, his neck tendons sticking out, and his muscles taut, Bruce Lee raises his fists, ready to take on his next foe. Such photorealistic details surface in each design from The Ink Parlor’s team of experienced tattoo artists. Garnering inspiration from the bevy of designs speckling the shop’s red walls, these needle gurus can render just about anything, from owls wearing monocles to elegant script spelling out a loved one’s name or a sworn enemy’s home address. In addition to tattoos, the technicians specialize in single-hole piercings for areas such as ear lobes and bellybuttons.
Rachael Cross knew she wanted to be an artist her whole life. Instead of becoming a painter, graphic designer, or photographer, however, Rachael chose tattoos as her artistic medium, emblazoning bodily canvases with her vibrant, intricate designs. At Grimms Tattoo—a trusted local tattoo parlor that's been around since the 1980s—Cross meets with customers during an initial complimentary consultation to discuss desired designs. She then adorns them in their choice of artfully rendered images, letters, or paragraphs from the backs of cereal boxes.
Since 1990, So Natural Institute has been embellishing eyebrows, lips, and peepers with permanent makeup, thickening eye fringe with lash extensions, and misting on airbrush makeup. The salon’s certified permanent-cosmetics professionals amplify lids with indelible eyeliner, ruby-ify lips, and restore brows that have vanished after years of tweezing or hair-singeing experiments with baking soda and vinegar. The expertly applied enhancements, which take about an hour to apply, render lipstick and eyeliner as obsolete as an Esperanto-speaking lamplighter and last for years, with minimal touchups sometimes required after a few years.
The Flawless Permanent Cosmetic Team highlights clients’ features with makeup that's as natural looking as it is certain to stick around. They enhance eyes and lips with permanent liner, and create signature custom-blended color brows to enhance your unique skintone. The Flawless team also provides less eternal solutions such as breast areola colour enhancement, scar camouflage, FLAWLASH extensions, waxing, and give lessons on how to bring out the eyes with nothing more than regular makeup.
The bright-red door outside Three Kings Public House acts as a beacon, summoning guests into the tavern—which was named the Best New Bar in 2011 by the Riverfront Times—for a brew and a bite. Once past the vibrant port, though, diners enter an old-school world dominated by brick and wood decor. Though this aesthetic choice gives the Delmar Loop bar a time-honored vibe, the menu reveals that the kitchen’s vision is focused firmly on the here and now. In fact, to keep their dishes as fresh as possible, chefs use only locally sourced ingredients from nearby Missouri and Illinois farms including Twin County, Heil, and Thies Farms. This conscientious culinary choice adds to the bar's effort to keep its carbon footprint smaller, but it also ensures that each handcrafted pub-style entree—from third-pound burgers to traditional fish 'n' chips and barbecue pulled-pork sliders—arrives at tables bursting with flavor. Chefs also toss out a culinary curveball in the form of their not-so-traditional bar eats, including a soy-protein burger and a filet mignon cut into the shape of each diner’s silhouette.
To further enliven Three Kings' eats, meals can be accompanied by a fresh cocktail or any of the "20 craft and locally brewed beers on tap" mentioned by the Riverfront Times. During the warmer months, diners are invited to recline on the outdoor patio; no matter the season, Tuesday and Wednesday nights are dedicated to live musical acts performing on the bar’s built-in stage.
The original artwork adorning the walls of Deaf Dog Ink isn't a sample of the studio’s stock design options. In fact, Deaf Dog’s licensed tattoo artists, Jason and Mumbles, don’t produce any tattoo flashes—every piece they design is entirely customized for each client. Intricate inkings run the gamut from elaborate family crests to realistically rendered eagles and celebrity portraits. To show their appreciation of selfless service, Jason and Mumbles offer 20% discounts to members of the armed forces, firefighters, police officers, and EMTs.