Stylists, aestheticians, and licensed massage therapists assemble under the roof of Salon 554, a downtown day spa and salon that relies on name-brand products. Hair caretakers spritz clients with products from Pureology, a brand that eschews the alcohol found in other hair products, and skin specialists unleash the topical creams of Bioelements, a line of products developed by the country’s first licensed aesthetician. Massage therapists vanquish stress with the strokes of nine modalities while sprinkling skin with soothing essential oils. Powder-blue walls and dark hardwood floors spread before guests, stretching through a salon whose branching spaces house marble washrooms, abundant plant life, and private treatment areas where clients find refuge from the outside world and the flesh-covered cyborgs who constantly pester them for hugs.
Angel Ink's licensed skin artists emblazon epidermal layers with decorative designs, individualizing each tattoo for proud display or hidden reminiscences. In each 60-minute session, Jason will customize skin suits with old-school regalia or intricate Japanese designs. Specializing in black-and-gray portraits, cover-ups, and reworks, this inking guru can don physiques with a customer's own drawings or transform once meaningful Buffy the Vampire Slayer quotes into timeless artwork. Jason will grace newly bedecked skin palettes with one free touchup after the healing process ceases, with the exception of hand and foot tattoos. While simple designs can be completed in an hour, more elaborate work, such as a full-body tuxedo or an in-depth exploration of pi, may require additional time not covered by the cost of this Groupon.
Similar to Superman and a telephone booth, people walk into Adorn Body Art with one appearance, and walk out with another. Instead of a cape, they exit brandishing new piercings, customized tattoos, and other creative body modifications. But unlike the man of steel, the customers here need some help with their quick change––and that's where the Adorn staff steps in. The studio's body piercers average more than a decade of experience apiece, and its tattoo artists cover a wide range of styles, from traditional to realistic to delicate. And, to ensure a perfect design each time, these ink gurus compliment their own ideas with hundreds of reference books, each of which was kicked out of the city library for rebelling against the Dewey Decimal System.
Not only has Erik Berntsen apprenticed with makeup moguls such as Chanel, Smashbox Cosmetics, and MAC Cosmetics, he has also sojourned to L.A. to train in the art of camera makeup, runway makeup, and permanent cosmetics. Berntsen is also a member of Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals and is also an advanced certified permanent cosmetics professional (CPCP). Using indelible colored pigments on the lids, he is able to make lashes appear fuller or cause eye color to stand out. When artfully applied to the brows, these hypoallergenic hues can also enhance the symmetry of the face, and they can even be applied using ultra-fine, individual hair strokes for a shockingly natural look. The pigments—which will not smudge and can last for years—can also be used to infuse color into the lips, making them appear fuller and more symmetrical or to add a beauty mark to mask a problem area or cover an already-existing beauty mark that has let itself go.