Co-founders Spooks "Spooky" Joya and Legion Avegno preside over a chorus of humming needles at Fallen Sparrow Tattoos, where a team of talented, professional artists customizes bodies with unique tattoos and piercings. After serving in apprenticeships under some of New York City’s most renowned inkers and pulling his first tattoo needle from an immovable stone, Spooky continues to decorate skin with pristine line work and elegant scripts. Co-artist Legion sits beside Spooky in the hygienic studio as he converts clients’ half-formed ideas into colorful sleeves or black-ink tuxedo jackets. Piercers Billy and Tyler work alongside their tattooing counterparts, busily bedecking bodies with custom surface and deep-tissue piercings.
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.
With 25 years of licensure and five licenses between them, the beauticians of Premadonna's Salon have employed the latest in salon and spa treatments to bring out their clients? best features. The staff specializes in permanent makeup, especially for corrective purposes, using the interdermal pigmentation method?during which they apply micro insertions of natural pigments into the skin. Beautician Stacey is also a licensed tattoo artist, and teaches the art of tattooing at a separate training center. The chic South Tampa location is sheathed in denim blue walls and black furnishings.
Tattoo artists Adam Natonio and EighJay Mauro were graphic designers and visual artists. At Standing Art Tattoos & Art Gallery, they are able to combine their experience and passions into a tattoo studio with an art gallery, which has pieces available for purchase. The studio has won awards at Tampa Bay Tattoofest, and been featured in Skin Art Magazine, Skin Shots Magazine, and Tattoo Envy Magazine.
Hustle Harder Inc.'s name is also its mantra, as the staff pledges to meet all of its clients' needs. That's no small task, considering that it boasts more than a dozen enterprises in its wheelhouse, and manages to underscore every service with a thread of positive messages. A team of in-house tattoo artists use subjects as their canvas, while a house crew of cinematographers and set-builders work with an in-house planning team to create live events.
Hustle Harder's in-house apparel lines, meanwhile, create a more permanent image. Logo apparel for men and women, customizable watches, and fitted hats are emblazoned with edgy, tribal designs and motivational words. The company also encourages an active lifestyle with energy drinks and gear for extreme sports. These products are also intended to serve a noble goal: helping under-served kids out of dangerous lifestyles and into sports.
Drew Caridi, the owner and artist behind Skin Deep Body Art, adorns the epidermis with tattoos, permanent makeup, and air-brushing services. Amid black-and-white checkered floors and red walls, Drew crafts old-school style designs featuring roses, skulls, and memorials. Meanwhile, his associate Carol manages the business end of the studio by regularly saying “synergize.”