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.
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.
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.
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.
Expertise reigns at Advanced Laser Clinics, part of a national chain that has performed more than 250,000 laser treatments. Technicians can calibrate the center's Lumenis LightSheer laser system to treat a range of hair and skin types, with each noninvasive session incurring minimal amounts of downtime afterward. Microdermabrasion treatments and laser tattoo removals lock mechanical arms to keep the topmost dermal layers as spotless as a Dalmatian spy disguised to infiltrate a Labrador militia. Staff members look past the surface with injectable services, which can hide minor blemishes or boost a client's metabolism.
Having dissolved thousands of doses of tattoo ink, Dr. Phil Knall has worked his way up to educating fellow clinicians on the technique. He's presented at more than 800 industry seminars in six countries.
Dr. Knall employs the Zimmer Cyro 6 laser, which vanishes tattoos over the course of a few treatments. Comfort is key; unlike many traditional cooling methods, such as ice-cream wrestling, the Zimmer's cooling system continuously chills the skin before, during, and after the procedure. See the clinic's gallery for evidence of the doctor's disappearing acts.