Jewel 32's team of piercing pros and jewel experts adorns bodies with necklaces, earrings, rings, and other trimmings. Lighted glass cabinets line the walls, casting baubles from brands such as Murano, Twisted Blade, and Swarovski in a soft glow. The staff decorates lobes with marcasite earrings, replete with elegant dark stones, encircles fingers in engraved sterling-silver skull rings, and wraps ankles or bottles of ketchup in delicate sterling-silver flowers and freshwater pearls. Piercing professionals imbue noses, ears, eyebrows, and an array of other areas with new jewelry receptacles that can house favorites from Jewel 32's extensive collection of gold, silver, and diamond body jewelry, including gauges from sizes 00–20 and ornate navel rings.
Natural light floods through the salon's floor-to-ceiling windows onto cozy leather sofas and lush hardwood floors. Further into the space, hanging plants are situated at individual cutting stations, where owner Peggie and her skilled stylists have been transforming the tresses of downtown Westwood for more than 20 years with their 25th Anniversary coming up on July 27, 2014. Clients can solicit Patti, Jamie, or Tracy for elegant Matrix highlights or defrizz unruly hair with Dawn, who's certified in keratin straightening treatments. The staffers can also nix unflattering fuzz from upper lips, chins, and bionic metal limbs during personal waxing sessions.
The tattoo artists and body piercers at Addiction NYC help clients express their uniqueness by adorning them with custom tattoo work and body piercings. The portfolios of their five artists encompass everything from traditional, Japanese, Polynesian, and portrait-style artwork, most of which is drafted from scratch. Their ability to develop virtually any icon or image has earned them a loyal local following, as well as clients from other countries.
If there’s one thing the Addiction team prizes above individuality, it’s safety. During piercings, they eschew reusable guns for disposable, single-use needles. Plus, each of the artists is licensed by the state of New York and has received training on the hazards of blood-born pathogens, cross-contamination, and tattooing a horse.
After receiving plenty of tattoos in parlors around the country, TJ Cantwell decided to open a studio of his own. By adopting the best from all, Cantwell created Studio 28 Tattoos on West 28th, where cleanliness always comes first. Displays of artwork do all of the talking at the studio, where Cantwell and his team share a love of tattooing. The shop dabbles in a wide array of custom-made possibilities, from traditional Celtic and tribal tattoos to exotic dragons and full ink sleeves, but photo-realism and horror is their bread and butter. With such a focus on craft and artistry, it’s no wonder Studio 28 Tattoos was recently named one of the best tattoo studios in New York City.
Owned by distinguished artist Richard "Seen" Mirando and in business for more than 20 years, Tattoo Seen emblazons epidermal canvases with the customer's choice of inky artwork. The parlor's body taggers approach each design with stylistic adaptability, steady hands, and a keen artistic eye, tattooing anything from elegant script on the wrist to entire comic-book pages on larger areas of the body, as well as full-leg or sleeve artwork. Intent on preserving new pieces throughout the healing process, the staff provides customers with information on how to care for the new tattoo, such as keeping it out of the sun, avoiding scratching it, and feeding it a few temporary tattoos at least twice a day. Prices start at $50 for a name on the wrist and increase depending on the size of the commissioned work.
For more than three years, the artists at Ink House Studios have been decorating flesh with customized tattoos and piercings. Bold, bright floral designs, immaculate text, and traditional Japanese-style designs rendered in smooth gray and black are just a few specialties. Piercing specialists embellish bodies with gleaming jewelry or microdermal jewels.