Instead of using blocks of marble or wrapped canvases, the artists at Wicked Ways Tattoos prefer to create artwork on the human form The artists consult with each guest before inking to decide on a design that meets the client's needs in both appearance and budget. Certified through the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics, the staff also applies permanent cosmetics that help client's save time redoing their makeup every morning or every time they watch Old Yeller.
AK Lounge tends to aesthetic needs with hair-salon styling, permanent cosmetics, and tattoo design, correction, and removal. Main stylist and blowout specialist, Ashley Johnson, has tamed tresses for the runway elite while working on an A-team of backstage beautifiers during fashion week. In her nine years of styling experience, Ashley has trotted across numerous cities, enriching her skills through classes involving cuttery, coloring, and straightening strategies, including Brazilian Blowouts. Continually training tattoo artist, Kenneth Plaster, lends cosmetic support to the shop through his ink and permanent make-up services.
At Twisted Tattoo, husband and wife team James and Denise decorate bodies with piercings and masterful tattoo artistry in a wide range of designs and styles. Tattoo expert James draws from 15 years of professional experience to create stunning, extensively detailed body art, and Denise deftly pierces dimples, ears, and belly buttons with surgical-grade stainless steel. While awaiting an inking or passing the time during a friend's appointment, guests can play pool and air hockey, watch satellite TV, or peruse the artists' extensive collection of colorful and detailed tattoo sketches and compositions.
For nearly five years, stylist Sydney Gray has been following her passion for creating fresh, flattering hairstyles. The Paul Mitchell School graduate currently sets up shop within Salon De Frisk, where she specializes in adorning locks with vibrant hues and natural-looking extensions.
As its name suggests, the San Antonio Laser Clinic uses advanced laser technology to eliminate everything from toenail fungus to tattoos. The center’s staff of licensed technicians directs the appropriate beam toward the skin, erasing unwanted ink, fading the appearance of spider veins, and uprooting hair from the face and body. The Laser Clinic team can even diminish the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines during a laser skin-rejuvenating facial.
On Austin Dermagraphix’s bold burgundy walls, bright graffiti murals in primary yellows, blues, and greens leap out at the eye. These vivid works of art overlook Jose Gonzalez as he hunches over arms, legs, and backs, embedding them with any style of tattoo, such as 2-D cartoons or life-like portraits of Nikola Tesla. To do so, Gonzalez draws upon his background as a graffiti artist in Puerto Rico as well as his bachelor’s degree in painting. He joins another resident artist, a piercer, and a laser tattoo-removal technician at the shop, where the top of the wall around the reception desk wears a crown of gold trophies amassed by the staff.