Certified permanent-makeup specialist and licensed aesthetician Holly Mercuri helms Natural Beauty Permanent Make-up & Esthetics, where she uses the tattoo-inspired procedure to trace facial features with eyeliner, eyebrow tints, and lip liner that last for years. Her hypoallergenic pigments are custom blended for each client to create a look that is natural and won’t smudge or rub off like regular makeup or mascara made from grape jam. Perfect for busy professionals with full mornings, Mercuri’s services are also ideal for those with poor vision or shaky hands, and her expertise has even been requested by doctors and plastic surgeons, where it is put to use in treatments such as breast repigmentation, scar camouflaging, and other corrective procedures.
Though Mercuri’s studio specializes in permanent makeup, her beautifying touch also extends to facials and waxing services, and onsite massage therapist Jayne Nelson can knead away stress with reflexology or Swedish massage.
Chicago Inksters' tattoo artists decorate skin with custom designs, and the studio's body piercers decorate faces and bodies with jewelry. Permanent-makeup artist Kim Sizemore applies ink to skin more subtly, boosting each client's natural beauty by enhancing brows, lips, and eyelids. The company's artists also supply patrons with detailed aftercare instructions that keep tattoos and piercings looking their best.
Co-founders Spooks "Spooky" Joya and Legion Avegno preside over a chorus of humming needles at Fallen Sparrow Tattoos, where a team of talented, professional artists customizes bodies with unique tattoos and piercings. After serving in apprenticeships under some of New York City’s most renowned inkers and pulling his first tattoo needle from an immovable stone, Spooky continues to decorate skin with pristine line work and elegant scripts. Co-artist Legion sits beside Spooky in the hygienic studio as he converts clients’ half-formed ideas into colorful sleeves or black-ink tuxedo jackets. Piercers Billy and Tyler work alongside their tattooing counterparts, busily bedecking bodies with custom surface and deep-tissue piercings.
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.
Body art is for anyone seeking self-expression. In an immaculate and spacious studio, Aces High Tattoo Shop respects everyone's right to expression with exquisitely rendered tattoos. Rich colors, crisp lines, and superb detail are characters of all the work its artists apply to skin. They understand the permanence of each piece, and how personal it is to each customer. That's why they accept nothing less than perfection, keeping communication open to ensure clients get the exact piece they envisioned. And they can craft virtually any design or figure, skilled in everything from portraiture to dark fantasy to lettering.
Since opening its first center in 1999, Laser Skin & Wellness has expanded to two locations, both of which provide medical aesthetic treatments overseen by Medical Director, Gloria Hakkarainen, M.D. And to ensure each patient receives the best treatment for their concerns, a personalized consultation is performed before technicians craft a customized treatment plan, which can include medical weight loss programs, laser tattoo removal, dermal fillers, and permanent makeup treatments. Laser technicians gently remove unwanted hair with a Cutera CoolGlide laser, which keeps the skin comfortable with a built-in cooling device, or a Cutera ProWave 770 system that can banish strands on all skin types including invisible. During acne treatments, a Clear Light system releases blue-violet rays across the skin, killing bacteria deep in the pores. To further beautify complexions, Laser Skin & Wellness’ staff also employs Obagi, SkinMedica, EltaMD, and Jan Marini products.