The seven-person team of tattoo and piercing artists at Highland's Finest Tattoos couples custom illustrations with rigorous health and cleanliness standards, with the goal of giving each client a piece of art they'll cherish throughout their lives. Using the brightest-quality pigments and disposable tubes and needles opened in full view of each customer, the artists create personalized images in tribal, realistic, portrait, black-and-gray, or new-skool styles. The team also specializes in cover-up tattoos, allowing patrons to transform their ill-advised or outdated tattoo more efficiently than tapping it with a magician's wand.
The tattoo artists at Ink Fiend Tattoo have tuned their craft, specializing in a variety of styles, from fantasy to realism. Whatever clients are interested in, the ink artisans understand the importance of producing the perfect piece of permanent art and collaborate with them throughout the process. To ensure clients are completely satisfied, Ink Fiend's crew keeps the studio immaculately clean, using only sanitized instruments and safe procedures.
When Pamela Troyan opened Salon Secrets Spa in 1993, she set out with a clear goal: to provide clients with a refuge from their daily pressures via the best possible salon and spa experience. She staffed her salon with highly trained stylists and technicians, many of whom studied at elite academies such as Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, and Aveda. She also enrolled Salon Secrets Spa as a certified Aveda Signature Salon, meaning that all of their services (except nail coloring) would employ all-natural, organic Aveda products. With the salon fully staffed and stocked with elite stylists and luxe products, it was time to open. Since then, not much has changed: Pamela still oversees a team of well-educated stylists and technicians who’ve developed a loyal following of repeat customers and amateur paparazzi. Stylists customize looks with organic Aveda color services, as well as mani-peds, paraffin treatments, waxing, and Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions. The spa staff soothes bodies with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as massages and body wraps. The med spa also beautifies patients with cosmetic services such as skin rejuvanation, VelaShape cellulite reduction, and spider-vein treatments performed or supervised by a certified plastic surgeon.
Michael Hare, senior piercer and owner of The Exotic Body, not only adorns birthday suits with hoops, barbells, and jewels, he also teaches seminars in the latest piercing techniques and methods. Opening in 1990, the team of body-art professionals sets up shop at one of the first piercing studios in Sacramento, and are all trained in safety and sanitation practices, as well as the art of customer service. This includes assuaging fears about getting a new tattoo or piercing or reaffirming that the whale scene in Pinocchio is fictional. Aftercare tips may be found on the studio's FAQ page, covering topics such as how to clean piercings, what products to use, and how to change jewelry.
Don’t be scared; come on in to Monster Ink Tattoo of Sacramento. The word “monster” describes the immense talent of the tattoo artists at this establishment. One of the highest rated tattoo shops in the area, Monster Ink’s artists have won numerous awards. Monster Ink can help guests get the perfect design, including but not limited to tribal designs, cover ups, lettering, flowers and more. Guests can see sample work on Monster Ink’s website. New and repeat visitors alike praise the shop’s clean and professional appearance, along with the positive and open nature of the staff. Many guests have even stated that the pain level of tattoos at Monster Ink is less than expected. For those not in the Sacramento area, catch a glimpse of the artists’ work at conventions throughout California.
Just look through their books—the tattoos at River City Tattoo are true works of art. The different tattoo artists each have their own style, and love working with customers to create unique pieces for each person. River City Tattoo also has an expert piercer in Samantha, who makes sure to answer all questions and make everyone feel at ease (which is a feat when you’re about to get a needle through your skin!) Prices for everything at River City Tattoo are extremely reasonable, and the tattoo artists do any touch-ups if necessary within six months (though they pride themselves on doing the job right the first time around). The whole operation is friendly, professional, and clean. You’ll look for more opportunities to ink and pierce yourself after one trip to River City Tattoo.