At the age of 10, Bryan Meyer went on a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. It was on that trip that he first picked up a camera–and he hasn't put it down since. Now, more than four decades later, Bryan continues what has turned into a lifelong journey in photography. He and his Mind's Eye team shoot local conventions, sports events, and celebrations. They also snap more intimate sessions, including families with special needs.
Artist AJ Whitney powers his tattoo machine with five years of inking experience and a passion for his craft. From his imagination and from photographs supplied by his clients, Whitney has adorned bodies with crisp scrollwork, colorful depictions of animals, and personal symbols of faith.
Revelations Tattoo's clean and welcoming environment dispels perceptions of thuggish tattoo culture, with its sarcastic longshoremen and rebellious warlocks. Whitney embellishes arms, legs, and backs with an emphasis on safety and hygiene, opening a new set of disposable tubes and needles in front of every client.
Mello's Tattoo, Inc accessorizes birthday suits with permanent artwork amid an upscale shop with private tattooing stations. During each appointment, clients will enjoy espresso drinks while discussing tattoo ideas and debating the pronunciation of cerulean with the skin-tinting specialists. The resident artists—who specialize in bold-color tattoos or black-and-gray portraits—will assist clients by drawing original designs and ensuring comfort prior to sessions. As with all custom work, the duration of each tattoo will depend on the design and desired level of detail. A palm-size black-and-gray tattoo can be mounted on bodies in approximately one hour, but full-back vignettes of basketball star Dennis Rodman searching for a pot of oatmeal at the end of a rainbow will require separate consultations and additional appointments.
Shear Envy's hip, full-service hair boutique beautifies patrons from head to freshly polished toes with an array of hair, skin, and body services. The contemporary space envelops clients in cool, aqua hues and modern amenities, including a state-of-the art color bar where hair wizards concoct custom color for vibrant new 'dos. The ever-training stylists tend to split ends and abandoned bird's nests with dry cutting, razor cutting, and classic precision cutting. Other spa-inspired services include vivifying facials, pampering pedicures and manicures, and swiftly administered waxing treatments.
The friendly and upbeat staff at Hollywood Tans Santee specializes in helping clients achieve sun-kissed tans year-round. Filled with a vast array of Hollywood Tans' latest tanning beds, the tanning salon allows guests to choose from multiple levels and different types of tanning methods. In addition to traditional beds, those who want to avoid UV-rays or who are allergic to light bulbs can let one of the studio's technicians provide a personalized glow with customized airbrush spray tans.
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.