The artists at Empire Tattoo Inc adorn bodies with indelible designs and semipermanent pieces of jewelry. Their work ranges from realistic to abstract, spanning the gamut from portraits and florals to edgy venn diagrams. The cosmetic artist on staff imbues faces with permanent brow liner, eyeliner, and lip color using techniques approved by the Beau Institute of Permanent & Corrective Cosmetics.
Even if the licensed staffers at Simply Ink Tattoo didn’t apply your tattoo originally, they have no problem touching it up. This isn’t to say they don’t create original tattoos, though. Each artist combines specialization with versatility, delivering stunning ink in his or her chosen field or across traditional categories including black-and-grey, color, and lettered tattoos. They also dig collaboration, working with customers to design all-new imagery or bring to life pre-existing sketches and ideas.
When preparing to work on a new tattoo, Sinjed repeatedly assures his clients that his equipment is sterile and his studio is safe. Those same promises don't extend to his work itself. With his needle, Sinjed turns crossed forearms into city skylines, backs into altars for patron deities, and abdomens into scenes of lions on the savannah. The artist specializes in black and white designs and portraits, which means that clients can finally memorialize a fallen relative or bring to life that dream about Steamboat Willie playing chess with Death.
Like some of the best two-in-one combinations, Tattoo Shot Lounge takes two things that work well as separate entities, tattoo parlors and bars, and combines them into one great thing. Patrons stop by the lounge for a tattoo or piercing and then head across the room to the full liquor bar. There, they raise a mojito or chocolate martini and toast to a new tribal or Laura Bush tattoo. Those with fresh ink, those with older ink, or those simply stopping by for a quick hello can also swing by the lounge on Thursday evenings for Latin Night featuring a live DJ and the throbbing beats of salsa, hip-hop, and house music.
Lars, Sophia, and, Val of Tattooshka, formerly, Tattoo Kulture, don’t confine themselves to any one genre. Instead, they ink clients in a wide range of styles, from photorealism to abstract tribal motifs. Their work includes religious imagery, Dia de los Muertos art, and Asian-style dragons. They also excel at stylized text, creating permanent tributes to loved ones and commemorating meaningful song lyrics or grocery lists.
Tattoo artist Jasmine T. Morrell has a steady hand and an eye for color. Jasmine produces work that catches the eye with its hues and bold black-and-white lines. Jasmine's designs include retro images that evoke a vintage feel, animated characters that come to life on the skin, and clear text that pops, making it easy for strangers to memorize.