When life on the lam plunks you in the middle of an identity comedy worthy of Shakespeare or Voltaire, respond in kind with the proper face and head shaping that will keep your disguise intact. Tame unruly tresses with a trim (starting at $15), or make a pit stop to treat yourself to an express facial ($35) during a particularly tiring shift of delivering plutonium to local captains of industry. Exterminate uninvited body hairs with any of Bombay's regionally specific waxes (starting at $11). Waxing provides a longer-lasting hairlessness than shaving, and when the hair does come back after a few weeks, it's meek, soft, and easily scared back into the follicle with banging pans or the threat of another round of wax.
With an uncanny knack for inking realistic portraiture, the epidermal artists at Artistic Creations Tattoo etch custom images across skin canvases in vegan-friendly organic ink. Shop artists excel in intricate renditions of favorite movie stars or favorite movie explosions. Small black and white designs, such as a pair of folded hands, start around $100, and large, detailed work, such as a portrait of Elvis or a compilation of all the listings in the telephone book, starts around $250. Clients can also adorn limbs with a black and white tattoo splashed with an infusion of color starting at around $150. During the tattooing process, clients can bring along a friend or iPod to keep them company, and detailed aftercare instructions promote speedy healing. Artistic Creations Tattoo often support their community by contributing to local charities.
Beauty and wellness are one and the same at Merle Norman Cosmetics & Day Spa. Though they specialize in makeup application with their titular cosmetics line, the licensed aestheticians also perform waxing, microdermabrasions, and body treatments.
In case you were wondering, Dead Girlz Tattoo & Boutique isn’t staffed by the undead. Actually, the parlor—aptly open since Halloween 2011—and its name pay homage to hearse-driving owner Dollie Martin’s love of zombies. Her adoration for ghouls comes second to tattooing, a mastery of which she displays with her colorful, customized designs, from Superman logos to sultry Jessica Rabbits. In addition to her ink work, Dollie is a licensed and certified body piercer who expertly readies body areas for Dead Girlz’s jewelry pieces, made from materials such as titanium and silicone.
More than a decade ago, Dawn M. Sears, LME, opened medical skincare and aesthetic laser center Skinsation, where a licensed physician oversees nonsurgical beauty procedures. In the hands of technicians, GentleMax and Vbeam Candela laser systems remove pesky stubble and unflattering vascular lesions. Alternatively, permanent makeup can simplify morning routines, rendering beauty basics such as eyeliner, lip liner, eyebrow filler, and war paint obsolete by imbuing the skin’s dermal layer with natural pigments. Five injectables, such as Botox and Restylane, smooth client’s brows with minimal downtime, and trained technicians coat physiques in sunless Airtan liquid, whose bronzing effects last 7–10 days. Clients can refer to the website for a complete list of services.
Memphis's premier body-art studio and its resident Piercinator, Eva Brewer, can equip any body with jewelry that's virtually impossible to steal on crowded trains. Make naval gazing far more rewarding with a bellylicious piercing ($45) or imply a punky Spockepticism with an eyebrow blingabator ($40 for one). If you've always wanted a beauty mark, solidify your appearance at Cindy Crawford–look-alike contests with a sparkling Monroe piercing ($50). Usurp the elasticity of corporate Silly Putty with an earlobe stretching ($10) or make all your public speeches silver-tongued with a tongue studding ($60). Once pierced, this Groupon treats you to aftercare, which includes written instructions on how to take care of your new bling, special mouthwash for oral piercings, and a bottle of gentle soap to cleanse new piercings regardless of corporeal location.