American Tattoo Company founder Shane Robbins worked for many years as a paramedic, so it comes as no surprise that he runs his tattoo shop with hospital-like sterility practices. He and his team of artists have all completed trainings in bloodborne pathogens, protecting clients from nasty bugs such as hepatitis B and vampirism. And the parlor’s artistic work speaks for itself, as the team adorns birthday suits with floral and tribal designs, lifelike portraits, and intricate lettering.
Since sweethearts and body art trends change over time, these artists can also remove old tattoos with the laser-free Tattoo Vanish system. With several treatments, it erases youthful indiscretions or fades them enough to be inked over with a new design.
The clinicians at Body Restore Laser Clinic keep clients looking their best with a wide range of aesthetic treatments for men and women. Wielding a trusty laser, the team works to remove unwanted hair and loosen the ironclad grip of father time with anti-aging treatments ranging from wrinkle reduction to photofacial rejuvenation, in addition to resurfacing scars and removing tattoos. VIP after-hours parties bundle beauty services, snacks, and drinks, and they cater to groups of six or more, making for an indulgent girls' night out or a particularly memorable parent-teacher conference. The staffers at Body Restore Laser Clinic are adamant about giving back to the community, assisting anti-gang organizations by performing tattoo and scar removal for ex-gang members. They also honor and pay tribute to local police, firefighters, and servicemen with complimentary scar and burn treatments for those who have been injured in the line of duty.
Connie Pearson of Permetika Cosmetic Specialties, a licensed permanent-makeup artist, draws on her 10 years of experience when lining eyes, shading in brows, and coloring lips. She specializes in filling wispy brows and redefining arches with soft fills, multidimensional brow strokes, and load-bearing keystones. In addition to cosmetics, she completes paramedical procedures for scar revision and areola restoration after mastectomies, citing this as a highlight of her job, "especially when I can help transform a broken woman's spirit and make her feel beautiful again," she says.
The trained technicians at Houston Tattoo Removal Clinic help delete unwanted tattoos using an FDA-approved, noninvasive laser. An initial consultation factors in everything from the tattoo's depth and age to skin type to determine the most effective treatment. During the procedure, a handheld laser hovers over the ink, delivering short bursts of energy to fade the pigmentation without damaging the skin around it. Though some designs may take up to 12 treatments to fully banish, many require only two visits, and virtually all patients observe no scarring afterward.
The laser technology can also fight age-related blemishes with services such as liver-spot removal and scar reduction, but Houston Tattoo Removal Clinic's true passion is in helping Texas youngsters erase the mistakes of their past. Aside from its outreach work with the Texas Youth Commission, the clinic proudly expunges tattoos from the faces and hands of kids aged 17 and younger for free—an act of benevolence that has helped wipe troubled teens' slates clean for a healthy, happy future.
Breakthrough Tattoo is the studio of Texas State Board of Health–licensed artists Bill Walker and Wes Demise, who have been inking blank skin canvases for 16 and 17 years, respectively. As the experienced artists add indelible ink to skin, they keep prioritize cleanliness and sterilization by using handmade, single-use needles. They sterilize these needles with an autoclave, which itself is tested for spores each month. Bill and Wes post their portfolios online, which allows clients a preview of the drama they’ll see portrayed on their skin, like a trailer for a movie that Disney animators will draw directly on you.
Using vibrant colors to dress human flesh, artists transform people into works of art at ABC Bodyart. A peek into the gallery shows images of people wearing clothes, patterns, and fur where there is none, their skin covered in expertly applied paint, temporary tattoos, and henna. The body-art outlet offers up models to paint during classes and private events and also caters to kids with face-painting packages.