Don’t be scared; come on in to Monster Ink Tattoo of Sacramento. The word “monster” describes the immense talent of the tattoo artists at this establishment. One of the highest rated tattoo shops in the area, Monster Ink’s artists have won numerous awards. Monster Ink can help guests get the perfect design, including but not limited to tribal designs, cover ups, lettering, flowers and more. Guests can see sample work on Monster Ink’s website. New and repeat visitors alike praise the shop’s clean and professional appearance, along with the positive and open nature of the staff. Many guests have even stated that the pain level of tattoos at Monster Ink is less than expected. For those not in the Sacramento area, catch a glimpse of the artists’ work at conventions throughout California.
Leave a lasting statement at Legacy Tattoo Studio. Located in Sacramento since 2006, Legacy offers popular tattoo styles including American Traditional, Japanese and more. Pre-designed or custom tattoos are offered. Tattoo artists Jackson, Steve, Shrek, Jason and Rob will provide guests with friendly and informative details about a chosen tattoo design; the results are worth every cent. Full portfolios of each artist’s work can be seen on Legacy’s website. Guests rave about the moderate prices, fantastic color tattoo, convenient hours and clean facilities. Although many repeat visitors have a large amount of tattoos, first-timers are absolutely welcome. Legacy Tattoo Studio is open seven days a week from noon until nine o’ clock in the evening. Walk-ins are welcome.
When Pamela Troyan opened Salon Secrets Spa in 1993, she set out with a clear goal: to provide clients with a refuge from their daily pressures via the best possible salon and spa experience. She staffed her salon with highly trained stylists and technicians, many of whom studied at elite academies such as Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, and Aveda. She also enrolled Salon Secrets Spa as a certified Aveda Signature Salon, meaning that all of their services (except nail coloring) would employ all-natural, organic Aveda products. With the salon fully staffed and stocked with elite stylists and luxe products, it was time to open. Since then, not much has changed: Pamela still oversees a team of well-educated stylists and technicians who’ve developed a loyal following of repeat customers and amateur paparazzi. Stylists customize looks with organic Aveda color services, as well as mani-peds, paraffin treatments, waxing, and Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions. The spa staff soothes bodies with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion, as well as massages and body wraps. The med spa also beautifies patients with cosmetic services such as skin rejuvanation, VelaShape cellulite reduction, and spider-vein treatments performed or supervised by a certified plastic surgeon.
The tattoo artist hunches over his canvas, putting the finishing touches on a piece he has been working on for days. He adds in final notes of color and shadow, standing back to reveal the completed work—a haunting portrait of a gypsy woman, her peacock feather fan rendered in striking detail.
This is a common scene at Stylz Tattoos & Piercings, where tattoo artist Stephen is known for his intricate designs and painstaking attention to detail. The highly trained and certified artist collaborates with clients, turning ideas into stunning designs in an array of styles. Clients have ordered up a grisly black-and-gray skull writhing with tendons, a cartoonish New School flounder, or a color-soaked koi fish. As Stephen works, a staff of highly trained piercers decorate bellybuttons, cheeks, and eyebrows with jewelry made from fine material—from hoops sculpted from gold to earrings carved out of leprechaun baby teeth.
Just look through their books—the tattoos at River City Tattoo are true works of art. The different tattoo artists each have their own style, and love working with customers to create unique pieces for each person. River City Tattoo also has an expert piercer in Samantha, who makes sure to answer all questions and make everyone feel at ease (which is a feat when you’re about to get a needle through your skin!) Prices for everything at River City Tattoo are extremely reasonable, and the tattoo artists do any touch-ups if necessary within six months (though they pride themselves on doing the job right the first time around). The whole operation is friendly, professional, and clean. You’ll look for more opportunities to ink and pierce yourself after one trip to River City Tattoo.
Michael Hare, senior piercer and owner of The Exotic Body, not only adorns birthday suits with hoops, barbells, and jewels, he also teaches seminars in the latest piercing techniques and methods. Opening in 1990, the team of body-art professionals sets up shop at one of the first piercing studios in Sacramento, and are all trained in safety and sanitation practices, as well as the art of customer service. This includes assuaging fears about getting a new tattoo or piercing or reaffirming that the whale scene in Pinocchio is fictional. Aftercare tips may be found on the studio's FAQ page, covering topics such as how to clean piercings, what products to use, and how to change jewelry.