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.
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.
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.
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.
When Food Network celebrity chef Guy Fieri roams the country in search of down-home eats on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, he follows his gut. Rarely, though, does he stumble upon a “culinary compound.” But such was the case when he and his film crew visited Texas Pride Barbecue, where “It’s all about Texas,” as owner Tony Talanco told the San Antonio Express-News.
The haven of Texas-style barbecue juts out from the tall grasses, mesquite trees, and barbecue-sauce waterfalls that fill the surrounding fields. As an old filling station, Tony’s restaurant not only greets guests with the smoky scents of slow-cooked brisket, ribs, and sausage, but also with waves of nostalgia surging from antique gas pumps, jukeboxes, farm equipment, and artifacts from the 1920s through ‘60s that Tony has salvaged. In the kitchen, Tony and his cooks lavish time on their two most popular items: the brisket and the homemade barbecue sauces. After dry rubbing the brisket with seasoning, they cook it for 12 hours in a pit fueled by mesquite wood. This smoky flavor comes to life when dipped in hot or regular sauce, both of which begin with onions caramelizing in bacon fat.
Texas Pride Barbecue continues celebrating its state heritage with live music and special events that include a Bike Night and a fish fry. Such activities may have been part of the reason the San Antonio Express-News declared Texas Pride Barbecue its “Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests”—one of many awards the eatery has racked up.