Diamond Body Art’s tattoo artists adorn bodies with tattoos done in a variety of styles. Alfonso specializes in realistic portraits done in black and gray. He can make anything look real, including a horror tattoo of Frankenstein’s monster or of a demon leaving the bathroom without washing his hands. Whether he’s creating a realistic bird or a cartoon character such as Mini Mouse, Dominic infuses the skin with bold colors. And Michael focuses on drawing clean lines when crafting Polynesian or Japanese-style tattoos.
Few things in life are permanent. Except at Shaderz Ink, where the team includes tattoo artists, body piercers, and a permanent-cosmetic professional, all waiting to help customers to embrace long-lasting self-expression. Tattoo artists Angel Silva, Antonio Duran, and Josh Hartsfield etch skin in custom designs, with past work encompassing everything from vibrant, flame-flicked scissors to life-like portraits of beloved family members. Free-hand piercer Adam Harris draws upon a decade of experience to add hardware to any body part. For those looking for more subtle enhancements, permanent-cosmetic artist Sheley Davis literally wrote the book on the subject. The Handbook for the Permanent Cosmetic Professional is based upon her more than 15 years of experience in the business, which includes paramedical tattoo work performed for area surgeons. Her customers at Shaderz seek out Sheley for everything from smudge-proof eyeliner to kiss-proof lip liner, and her services may also be employed to help camouflage imperfections such as scars or Elvis-shaped tan lines.
The telltale buzzing of tattoo guns pervades the air at Alley Kat Tattoo’s studio, where skilled artists have emblazoned skin with Celtic symbols, graffiti, military insignias, and mythological art for nearly two decades. The artists eschew pretension in favor of a casual, hygienic environment that makes even first-timers feel like habitual inkers as they excitedly convey their ideas during consultations. When they aren’t putting their spin on classic designs such as dragons and portraits of Grover Cleveland, the artists accent eye areas and lips with subtle cosmetic tattoos that act as permanent makeup.
At The Club, the sun never sets––figuratively speaking. The tanning menu brims with services ranging from UV-free spray tanning to hassle-free standup and bed tanning in silver, gold, and platinum beds. Unlimited monthly passes are available, as well as special rewards for those who purchase lotion. Beyond tanning, The Club also offers piercing and tattoo services with expert artist Dorje Jigme, who specializes in Asian themes, freehand art, and Picasso-esque renderings of Abraham Lincoln. Along with piercings and tattoos, The Club also offers tightening, toning, and firming body wraps.
In the United States, the most eye-catching part of a bride's hands is typically her wedding ring, but in India, it's her mehendi—also known as henna body art. Once reserved for special occasions, the intricate swirl and flower designs of henna can now grace the hands and feet of anyone who stops in at The Henna Shoppe. There, a talented staff embellishes limbs with traditional henna designs using a temporary ink, which dyes skin a dark, reddish-brown color that fully develops over 24 hours. The artists can also draw simple designs, such as calculus test answers, or test out permanent tattoo ideas with the same ink.
The team also uses its steady, dexterous hands to oust unwanted facial hairs with thin cotton threads. Performing a twisting motion, the aestheticians lasso and remove fuzz on the upper lip, eyebrows, chin, and other areas of the face. To complement its beauty treatments, The Henna Shoppe also sells handmade skirts, scarves, and accessories made by local craftsmen from throughout the world.
Tattoo parlors and barbershops are in Adam Dorsett's blood. After inheriting his great uncle and aunt's 1930s tattoo equipment and barber tools, he entered a tattooing apprenticeship. With 3.5 years of instruction and experience, Dorsett opened Electric Haven Tattoo & Barber Shop and invented High Life Pomade—a classic workingman's hair grease that keeps strands in place by never saying “I love you.”
All of Dorsett's tattoo artists completed apprenticeships up to four years long and draw on that experience as they craft masterpieces such as portraits and old-school tats. His barbers trim dos and facial hair the old-fashioned way—with straight razors and hot towels. While they wait, barber customers of age may sip on complimentary tap beer. To ensure safety, Dorsett makes sure his staff is certified in CPR, first aid, and blood-borne pathogens. They also participate in monthly sterilizer spore testing and proper biowaste removal.