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.
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.
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.
Whether it's unwanted hair or a tattoo that no longer suits its owner, the technicians at Laser Away Nashville Tattoo & Hair Removal turn to one powerful tool for all of their treatments: the laser. Specifically, FDA-approved lasers capable of rendering treatments with little discomfort and virtually no downtime. That feat is accomplished inside private treatment rooms, where multiple sessions with a Medlite C6 laser get rid of unwanted ink, even if the tattoo itself reads "Permanent." For stubble on legs, arms, and other areas, techs use the Cynosure Elite laser, which boasts a contact-cooling hand piece to keep skin calm in the face of follicle-fighting infrared light.
Mary's Old Fashioned Bar-B-Que Pit douses a selection of its pulled pork, rib tips, grilled chicken, and fried fish dishes in original hot or mild barbecue sauces, which have been stirred up in-house for more than 30 years. Chefs forge pulled-pork sandwich that culinary blogger A Radiused Corner describes as "nice and porky, only subtly smoky with most flavors seemingly coming from the tangy hot sauce and sweetness of the slaw." Diners can tear apart or study the infrastructure of rib tips inside the eatery or get carryout meals to devour at home.