Billed as "a modern art studio for modern art enthusiasts," A Pirate's Isle Tattoo Studio's artists create the kinds of masterpieces that belong on a canvas. And, in a way, they end up on one, if you consider the body to be a blank canvas, as they do. Will Arney and JT Webster use vivid colors to make body art pop, from a spray of pink flowers blooming along the top of a client's foot to a cluster of menacing skulls. In addition to the tattooing services, they also perform body piercings and apply permanent makeup.
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.
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.
Pink wicker furniture stands in wait outside All Creations Salon, ready to cradle patrons who want to revel in their new hairstyles or freshly tanned limbs. The whimsical shade continues inside, traipsing across the sea-foam walls in the form of polka dots, and splashed artistically across the floor. It’s the perfect setting for dramatic transformations as a cadre of aestheticians dole out spa pedicures, tattoos, or sweeping updos beneath the approving gaze of unicorns and fairies.
Enrique Zayas is the mastermind behind Divine Affliction, where he channels his 15 years of experience to create indelible body art. His customized work includes portraiture, tribal prints, and colorful sleeves—including an artistic rendering of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Whether pulling inspiration from his sketchbook or brought-in ideas, Enrique tailors each piece to fit clients’ body and style.
Although East Coast Worldwide staffs a core team of experienced artists, its personnel is constantly changing. That’s because East Coast likes to switch things up, regularly inviting guest artists to join its team and bring their own artistic stylings to the custom studio.
Upon completing simple or intricate designs, the artists detail thorough aftercare instructions such as singing lullabies to it as it drifts to sleep. Three weeks later, the team invites guests back to the studio to ensure that they have healed and to tweak any designs that need adjustments.
Along with tattoos, East Coast’s crew pierces body parts ranging from bellies and lobes to noses and eyebrows before adorning piercings with jewelry such as flesh tunnels and plugs.