People enter Bonehead Tattoos as blank canvases, and exit as walking pieces of art. The shop's staff of talented artists decorate skin with portraits, cover-ups, and just about everything in between. One of those artists, Tyler, specializes in all styles of tattooing, from Japanese to traditional American. Outside of tattooing, Tyler has spent much of his professional career in creative positions. He's worked in design, framing, and music, honing his eye and ear for color.
Marc Beccia is all about the little details. That?s why when clients want a tattoo that perfectly resembles a personal photograph, they come to him. His mastery lies in his knack for shading, which accurately captures the subtle highlights of a person?s face, a building?s wood grain, or a favorite suitcase brand?s trademark symbol to give his designs the illusion of three dimensions. The shop continues to cultivate the little details that help make up a person?s style with body piercings, urban clothing, and a selection of gold teeth.
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.
The tattoo artist hunches over his canvas, putting the finishing touches on a piece he has been working on for days. He adds in final notes of color and shadow, standing back to reveal the completed work?a haunting portrait of a gypsy woman, her peacock feather fan rendered in striking detail.
This is a common scene at Stylz Tattoos & Piercings, where tattoo artist Stephen is known for his intricate designs and painstaking attention to detail. The highly trained and certified artist collaborates with clients, turning ideas into stunning designs in an array of styles. Clients have ordered up a grisly black-and-gray skull writhing with tendons, a cartoonish New School flounder, or a color-soaked koi fish. As Stephen works, a staff of highly trained piercers decorate bellybuttons, cheeks, and eyebrows with jewelry made from fine material?from hoops sculpted from gold to earrings carved out of leprechaun baby teeth.
A duo of renowned artists decorate skin at Eddy Lee's Tattoo Art Gallery: Eddy Lee, who specializes in realism and new-school Japanese design, and JoJo Miller, a body-art consultant for a slew of well-known bands. In addition to ink, artists also adorn their clients with body piercings.