The illustrious inkers at Escondido Tattoo Studio have been crafting custom skin portraits for their clientele since the studio's inception in 1975. With one hour of tattooing time, epidermal canvases can receive a small design of a favorite cartoon character or a reminder of important doctor's appointments. The time can also be applied toward the beginnings of larger projects. Thousands of classic designs rest at the ready, and the artists can also whip up a custom illustration.
Loraine-Dale Hall had packed away more than a decade of experience and numerous awards as an aesthetician and cosmetic tattoo artist before she created spaViolet, a beauty haven bent on having fun while maintaining a no-nonsense approach to skincare. The freewheeling revelry visitors experience has led the spa to devise a list of house rules, which include tongue-in-cheek warnings to refrain from karaoke in the eucalyptus steam room and foam parties in the six-head Vichy shower. The spa's signature violet hue anoints every inch of the cottage-inspired space, where extra embellishments of potted flowers and pastel pillows lure clients in for a soothing escape. In this beauty-centered retreat, Hall helms a team of skin specialists whose skills have landed them on the glossy pages of 944 Magazine and a victory in a face-off against a chain spa conducted by San Diego Magazine. The menu also packs in body scrubs, lash and brow tinting, nail services, and happy-hour waxing, which grants discounts every Thursday and Friday afternoon. Clients can further enjoy their spa experience with complimentary almonds, brownies, tea, and wine, which keep bored tongues from licking off newly applied skin serums when the staff isn't looking.
Inside a glass- and aquamarine-accented beauty studio, Nanu Threading attends to all manner of skincare needs with hair removal and facial services. Experienced threading specialists swiftly drag a twisted strand of cotton string across the face to remove unwanted follicles. Clients also come in for soothing spa facials and the salon's henna tattoos—intricate, semi-permanent artwork drawn onto clients' hands or distracted clients' gloves.
True to its name, Tat2BeGone helps rid the skin of unwanted ink. Erasing a bad choice is the team's passion, and advanced laser equipment enables the staff to oust the tattoos or permanent face paint as completely as possible. The clinic's lasers also allow the staff to ease hair growth, lessen the appearance of acne scarring, and rejuvenate depleted skin cells.
Julianna and Thomas, the artists at Overground Tattoo, merge their individual expertise and artistic influences to create inimitable body art for their clients. Julianna’s steady hands have emblazoned clients with such images as a bespectacled owl with textured yellow wings, whereas Thomas has scripted skin with names, flowers, and inspirational phrases such as Love Your Life and Chew Before You Swallow. After augmenting their clients’ exteriors with tattoos and permanent makeup, the duo arms them with pertinent aftercare tips, such as washing tattoos with antimicrobial soap or not exposing them to the sun lest the sun jealously copies them.
At A-Town Tattoo Studio, owner Si’I Liufau and his team of artists blanket bodies in meticulously inked images, symbols, and words. The group specializes in authentic Polynesian tattoos and 3-D tattoos, but can permanently embed any type of design on the skin, including fine-line etchings, lifelike portraits, and cross-dimensional portals. The studio strictly maintains a clean environment, using a brand-new needle for each imaging session. Equipment and stations are disinfected after every sitting, and the shop is disinfected on a daily basis to discourage bacteria buildup and to keep creations from coming to life.