The illustrious inkers at Escondido Tattoo Studio have been crafting custom skin portraits for their clientele since the studio's inception in 1975. With one hour of tattooing time, epidermal canvases can receive a small design of a favorite cartoon character or a reminder of important doctor's appointments. The time can also be applied toward the beginnings of larger projects. Thousands of classic designs rest at the ready, and the artists can also whip up a custom illustration.
Loraine-Dale Hall had packed away more than a decade of experience and numerous awards as an aesthetician and cosmetic tattoo artist before she created spaViolet, a beauty haven bent on having fun while maintaining a no-nonsense approach to skincare. The freewheeling revelry visitors experience has led the spa to devise a list of house rules, which include tongue-in-cheek warnings to refrain from karaoke in the eucalyptus steam room and foam parties in the six-head Vichy shower. The spa's signature violet hue anoints every inch of the cottage-inspired space, where extra embellishments of potted flowers and pastel pillows lure clients in for a soothing escape. In this beauty-centered retreat, Hall helms a team of skin specialists whose skills have landed them on the glossy pages of 944 Magazine and a victory in a face-off against a chain spa conducted by San Diego Magazine. The menu also packs in body scrubs, lash and brow tinting, nail services, and happy-hour waxing, which grants discounts every Thursday and Friday afternoon. Clients can further enjoy their spa experience with complimentary almonds, brownies, tea, and wine, which keep bored tongues from licking off newly applied skin serums when the staff isn't looking.
Julianna and Thomas, the artists at Overground Tattoo, merge their individual expertise and artistic influences to create inimitable body art for their clients. Julianna’s steady hands have emblazoned clients with such images as a bespectacled owl with textured yellow wings, whereas Thomas has scripted skin with names, flowers, and inspirational phrases such as Love Your Life and Chew Before You Swallow. After augmenting their clients’ exteriors with tattoos and permanent makeup, the duo arms them with pertinent aftercare tips, such as washing tattoos with antimicrobial soap or not exposing them to the sun lest the sun jealously copies them.
Led by Dr. Vadim Gurvits, the staff at Premier Laser & Day Spa is also composed of a registered nurse and licensed skincare specialist. Together, this expert crew caters to clients with everything from simple cosmetic treatments—such as waxing and microdermabrasion—to advanced laser services, including tattoo removal, vein therapy, and anticellulite treatments.
A salon that doubles as a tattoo parlor? The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Shear Ink Salon and Tattoo is a breath of fresh air in a world of salons with no bite. The alternative-minded staff creates contemporary looks with haircuts and coloring treatments, but hair grows out and styles change. For a beauty treatment that will truly last forever, make an appointment with one of the salon's professional tattoo artists.
Stylist Hayley Shoup works out of the full-service salon Xtreme Beauty, where she offers haircuts for women, men, and children. She also performs color treatments such as partial or full highlights, shampoo treatments, and blow-drying and styling. At the salon, customers will also find skincare, waxing, and cosmetic services.