The illustrious inkers at Escondido Tattoo Studio have been crafting custom skin portraits for their clientele since the studio's inception in 1975. With one hour of tattooing time, epidermal canvases can receive a small design of a favorite cartoon character or a reminder of important doctor's appointments. The time can also be applied toward the beginnings of larger projects. Thousands of classic designs rest at the ready, and the artists can also whip up a custom illustration.
Loraine-Dale Hall had packed away more than a decade of experience and numerous awards as an aesthetician and cosmetic tattoo artist before she created spaViolet, a beauty haven bent on having fun while maintaining a no-nonsense approach to skincare. The freewheeling revelry visitors experience has led the spa to devise a list of house rules, which include tongue-in-cheek warnings to refrain from karaoke in the eucalyptus steam room and foam parties in the six-head Vichy shower. The spa's signature violet hue anoints every inch of the cottage-inspired space, where extra embellishments of potted flowers and pastel pillows lure clients in for a soothing escape. In this beauty-centered retreat, Hall helms a team of skin specialists whose skills have landed them on the glossy pages of 944 Magazine and a victory in a face-off against a chain spa conducted by San Diego Magazine. The menu also packs in body scrubs, lash and brow tinting, nail services, and happy-hour waxing, which grants discounts every Thursday and Friday afternoon. Clients can further enjoy their spa experience with complimentary almonds, brownies, tea, and wine, which keep bored tongues from licking off newly applied skin serums when the staff isn't looking.
Julianna and Thomas, the artists at Overground Tattoo, merge their individual expertise and artistic influences to create inimitable body art for their clients. Julianna’s steady hands have emblazoned clients with such images as a bespectacled owl with textured yellow wings, whereas Thomas has scripted skin with names, flowers, and inspirational phrases such as Love Your Life and Chew Before You Swallow. After augmenting their clients’ exteriors with tattoos and permanent makeup, the duo arms them with pertinent aftercare tips, such as washing tattoos with antimicrobial soap or not exposing them to the sun lest the sun jealously copies them.
Friendly, clean, and educational. These tend not to be the first words that come to mind when thinking about a tattoo shop, but at the Allegory Tattoo, owner Pete Walker and his team, that includes Ronan and Steve, ensure clients' experiences go above and beyond their expectations. The team not only provides clients with current portfolios of each trained tattoo artist's work but also encourages guests to watch the tattooist of choice in action. Each friendly artist is keen on collaboration to ensure the image??whether brought in, chosen from the shop's collection, or conceptually rendered by the artist??reflects the patron's personality and style. Tattoos are normally crafted in one-hour sessions and during multiple visits.
Owner and tattoo artist Pete's past pieces have included a portrait of Betty White, colorful koi fish, and realistic flowers, whereas tattoo artist Steve's portfolio is lined with tattoos of a unicorn, flowers and crosses, and geometric designs. Ample parking is available, and discounts are given to those in the military.
With years of expertise stowed away in their steady hands, the inksmiths at Funhouse Tattoo San Diego transform swaths of epidermis into personalized pieces of art. Their prowess has gained plenty of outside attention, leading them to be called to the set of The Hangover 2 as prop consultants. The Funhouse facility, resting among the palm-tree-traced streets of Pacific Beach, is a frequent destination for San Diego Chargers players, especially those who need to have the plays permanently doodled onto their arms.
Inside the shop, inked images are available in an assortment of styles. At one station, head artist Leo Cadenazzi sketches the bold lines of Japanese creatures, and at another station, founder Seth Reynolds wraps limbs in symbolic Polynesian portraits. Cadenazzi and Reynolds lead a staff that also specializes in graffiti, realism, and traditional images, such as the Harley-Davidson symbol, an eagle, or Sean Connery getting a tattoo of Sean Connery.