Within the bright green walls of Cry Baby Ink, a staff of body artists customizes meticulous tattoos, sells fetching apparel, and studs appendages with piercings. The studio occupies a convenient Valley River Center location, increasing the mall's cool factor without the need to hire the Hells Angels for security.
As high-pitched needles buzzed in the background, a young April Slater traced her father's designs, stenciling with a steady hand and honing her artistic eye. Many years later—after apprenticing and working at several other parlors—Slater opened her own studio, Memento Ink. In the bright, cheerful space, Slater decorates bodies with classic and custom designs while her staff performs piercings and applies permanent makeup. Customers enjoy refreshments in the airy lobby as they browse classic tattoo designs and portfolios of original artwork. Of her studio that she makes available to host charity events, Slater has said, “I wanted everyone to feel welcomed and have the same positive experience, whether it was their first tattoo or they had a full bodysuit.” The Register-Guard suggests that “she’s been successful in doing just that.”
Seven talented tattoo artists make up the manpower at Area 51 Tattoo, where they ink skin with vibrant color and crisp images. Their work, which ranges from printed letters to delicate flowers to intricate portraiture, has graced the pages of numerous publications and takes shape inside a spacious, hygienic studio.