Certified permanent-makeup specialist and licensed aesthetician Holly Mercuri helms Natural Beauty Permanent Make-up & Esthetics, where she uses the tattoo-inspired procedure to trace facial features with eyeliner, eyebrow tints, and lip liner that last for years. Her hypoallergenic pigments are custom blended for each client to create a look that is natural and won’t smudge or rub off like regular makeup or mascara made from grape jam. Perfect for busy professionals with full mornings, Mercuri’s services are also ideal for those with poor vision or shaky hands, and her expertise has even been requested by doctors and plastic surgeons, where it is put to use in treatments such as breast repigmentation, scar camouflaging, and other corrective procedures.
Though Mercuri’s studio specializes in permanent makeup, her beautifying touch also extends to facials and waxing services, and onsite massage therapist Jayne Nelson can knead away stress with reflexology or Swedish massage.
Chicago Inksters' tattoo artists decorate skin with custom designs, and the studio's body piercers decorate faces and bodies with jewelry. Permanent-makeup artist Kim Sizemore applies ink to skin more subtly, boosting each client's natural beauty by enhancing brows, lips, and eyelids. The company's artists also supply patrons with detailed aftercare instructions that keep tattoos and piercings looking their best.
Co-founders Spooks "Spooky" Joya and Legion Avegno preside over a chorus of humming needles at Fallen Sparrow Tattoos, where a team of talented, professional artists customizes bodies with unique tattoos and piercings. After serving in apprenticeships under some of New York City’s most renowned inkers and pulling his first tattoo needle from an immovable stone, Spooky continues to decorate skin with pristine line work and elegant scripts. Co-artist Legion sits beside Spooky in the hygienic studio as he converts clients’ half-formed ideas into colorful sleeves or black-ink tuxedo jackets. Piercers Billy and Tyler work alongside their tattooing counterparts, busily bedecking bodies with custom surface and deep-tissue piercings.
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"The ability to change one's self-esteem and life is one of the main reasons I enjoy being a plastic surgeon," says Dr. Jan V. Karlin, medical supervisor at Nova Cosmetic Center. "There is nothing better than seeing the smile on my patients’ faces when they come in for office surgery checkups." Dr. Karlin and his team elicit these satisfied grins with a full menu of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, as well as slimming and rejuvenating spa treatments. He regularly attends conferences and all-surgeon hoedowns to stay abreast of developments in the field, such as laser technologies, anti-aging hormones, and less invasive liposuction. All his safe aesthetic procedures are done with the goal of helping clients look beautiful and feel confident.:m]]
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.
Boiling Crab and Seafood’s chefs craft a host of plates featuring favorites from the great blue yonder. Thirteen types of poboys populate a menu, which also catalogs crab legs served with rich Cajun garlic-butter, Maryland blue crabs, and butterfly shrimp baskets. They offer 55 food items in total, and their drink menu complements that slate with Corona, Michelob, and French coffee.