To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Rooster Down Tattoo Gallery's artists see possibilities wherever they look. Blank skin becomes a canvas for intricate tattoos—vibrant portraits that wrap around arms, backs, and antlers. So when it came time for Rooster's team of artists to purchase a business, they took a similar approach and looked for another blank canvas. After much searching, the artists found their perfect location—a vintage home more than 100 years old.
With two stories, the classic house makes visitors feel more like guests than customers. Upon entering, the staff invites patrons to lounge atop a waiting room's leather couches and watch a flat-screen TV, which hangs directly above a fireplace. The team then leads patrons into one of several private tattoo rooms. Here, Rooster's resident and visiting artists—artists like Graydon Payne and Melissa Senesac—get to work away from any distractions, such as a right-bicep dragon tattoo coming to life and playing the left-bicep trombone tattoo. The artists' steady hands can emblazon bodies with vibrant custom artwork or, alternatively, use EliminInk tattoo-removal technology to restore skin to a blank slate.
Behind a storefront nestled amid Belltown's bleeding-edge galleries and Art Deco artifacts, a quiet revolution is brewing. The shop is Dzul Ink Lounge, and inside, tattoo artists and brothers Jacob and Alex Dzul are out to turn decades of preconceptions on their collective ear. Gone are the cheesy designs and abrasive alt-rock assaults that typify most tattoo parlors. Instead, visitors step into a lounge that has more in common with a contemporary art space, a quality that's also shared by the shop's vivid, customized tattoos. Whether they're getting their first tattoos or adding ink to an already impressive bodily canvas, clients can flip through an iPad filled with thousands of the shop's exclusive designs, or collaborate with one of the resident artists on designs that are as personal as they are precise.
Skin and Soul Tattoo's gallery displays an explosion of artistic talent. First there are Brittney Nettles' gorgeous hibiscus flowers, with leaves that wind like vines up the rib cage. Chris Gilvarry also has his own distinct style that’s dominated by grinning skulls sharp-toothed fish. Finally, there's AJ Lynn's perfectly aligned calligraphy and sketches of orchids in spring bloom.
Whether the medium is permanent ink or semipermanent henna, each piece of art offers a balance of technical skill and creativity to ensure its long-lasting beauty. Metal art also rounds out the parlor's service menu, with piercings to adorn an eyebrow, nose, navel, or wooden peg leg––just to name a few.
Don’t be surprised if you walk into Derm F/X Tattoo and find a fellow patron taking a nap on the couch. The shop’s regulars are known to come in and hang out, which is perfectly fine with the staff. Derm’s three artists—Cody, Scotty, and Chentelle—have spent 10 years making their studio the type of place where clients also feel like friends. It’s probably not hard for them to bond with their patrons: approximately 98% of their work is custom tattoos they’ve created by collaborating with clients. And they’re honest—if they feel a guest is asking for art that isn’t doable, they’re not afraid to say so. Unlike the key to never losing one's keys, Derm’s excellent reputation isn’t exactly a secret, as they have attracted clients such as Seahawks players Kam Chancellor and Marcus Trufant.