Most people are not fortunate enough to be born with a birthmark in the shape of their favorite basketball player or band logo. Rectify nature's mistake with today's Groupon: for $54, you get $110 worth of tattooing at Tattoo Garden in Everett. Ink maestro Michael T. Gardner, a member of the National Tattoo Association, lends deft digits and an open mind to the time-tested art of skin printing. Flesh out possibilities and inky inclinations with a complimentary consultation before adorning your body's canvas. Dress a monotonous limb with an intricate tribal sleeve, house your spirit animal on your shoulder, or immortalize your kindergarten teacher's name across your belly. Michael also excels at custom designs, lush flora, and unique fonts. Larger tattoos are billed at $125 an hour, 2-inch color tattoos start at $100 apiece, and gray-scale names of 10 characters or fewer are usually $75.
Michael T. Gardner has been a prolific artist now for more than 15 years. His work can't be found in a gallery, though. Rather, it can be seen on arms, hips, backs, legs, and necks all over the city. That's because he renders his art in the form of tattoos, covering skin in countless designs. To save everybody the hassle of scouring bars, rock concerts, or biker knitting circles, Gardner conveniently keeps a record of his work on a Facebook page. Here, customers can spur on their imagination by perusing his latest pieces, such as an orange phoenix hip tattoo or a geometric tribal design that wraps around biceps. Of course, he or Scott Hale, an apprentice, happily work off of brought-in designs, as well as consult closely with clients to create something new. Once they have finished working, they share several tips for post tattooing care, such as avoiding swimming pools filled with permanent ink.