The gentle stroke of a brush. The artistic flourish of ink. As an award-winning Chinese calligrapher during her childhood, the owner of Faces Plus Skin Spa learned how to control her hands, a skill that she has seamlessly transitioned into her work as an aesthetician for the past 20 years. Now, the owner and another experienced aesthetician?who received advanced training in Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong?use their skills to restore complexions with exfoliating chemical peels, seasonal, antioxidant-rich facials, and permanent-makeup applications. The duo customizes each service, educating spa-goers on proper skincare regimens and using natural and organic products to help complexions glow brighter than a sun-powered campfire. Faces Plus also provides advanced beauty services such as the photorejuvenation treatment, which relies on a combination of LumiFacial therapy, crystal microdermabrasion, and light energy to erase fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Burrowed among such historical downtown sights as Union Square and the Chinatown gates, Moth and Dagger Tattoo Studio leaves its own permanent mark on San Francisco by outfitting the city's residents with custom tattoos. Well-rounded inksmiths Mario Delgado and Justin Davis run the shop, and both are trained in their own unique styles. Mario specializes in realism, sprawling familiar images across limbs and buzzing them to life in full color or black and gray. Justin represents a more familiar approach with traditional American and Japanese designs. When they're not sketching new images, the duo is fixing or covering up old tattoos, allowing clients to finally have the confidence to leave the house naked.
Looking for a souvenir that can't be forgotten? Henry Goldfield's original tattoo studio, Goldfield's Tattoo Studio, has been creating new canvases since 1977. Goldfield began his artist days as a sign painter. Today, his original drawings can be purchased at the tattoo studio, or one can sit for a consultation on body art. Named one of the "Most Influential Living People in the World of Tattoo," Goldfield provides a down-to-earth approach and meticulous artistic abilities. After all, a man who isn't afraid to spend hours drawing the perfect rose is just the kind of person that should be trusted with permanent body art.
2 Spirit Tattoo on Pearl Street in San Francisco is unlike any typical tattoo parlor. Already accepting bookings for 2016, 2 Spirit has two wonderfully cultured artists with an immense amount of experience. Roxx, known for her portrayals of strength and inner warrior in art, has won awards for her famous “blackwork tattoos,” and began as a punk rock tattoo artist in London. Cats, from England, shares the same passion for culture and specializes in nature and texture designs. Cats also has a Masters in Fine Art from Parsons. Your tattoo is a lifelong statement, and 2 Spirit can make sure it’s both cultural and artistic.