As a girl of just 13 or 14, Amita perched in her aunts’ hair salon and watched with fascination as they snipped clients’ tresses. Today, Amita still watches the flash of scissors, but now they are in the hands of skilled stylists in her own salon.
Amita bustles through the shop, mixing honey, sugar, and lemon to create her own wax for hair-removal treatments, her specialty. She also mixes her own all-natural henna paste for embellishing hands and feet with elaborate whorls and loops. This attentiveness to the products used in her salon, combined with more than a quarter century of experience in the industry, has led Amita to insist that her stylists wield quality elixirs from Paul Mitchell and Biolage. The salon’s skincare specialists employ Repêchage products to renew visages wrinkled from a lifetime of frowning at a Rubik’s cube.
Tattoo artist Mario Barth has a long way since his difficult beginnings. Mario grew up in Austria at a time when tattooing wasn't just taboo, it was completely illegal. Despite numerous obstacles, he pursued his passion for the art form. His hard work paid off; he's since become a world-renowned artist and winner of more than 200 international awards. In addition to these accolades, Mario works with celebrities such as Lenny Kravitz and Sylvester Stallone. So, founding Starlight Tattoo might seem like a footnote in his storied history, but he still hand selects every artist the employs.
Ever since she was introduced to tattooing on her 21st birthday, Tiffany Perez has drawn on her fine-art drawing background to create stunning body art. In addition to inking celebs including James Ihedigbo of the Baltimore Ravens and R&B singer Omarion, her designs earned her a spot on the Oxygen Channel program Best Ink. These days, she practices her craft alongside equally skilled artists and budding apprentices at her very own studio, Ink Gallery. Here, sample of tattoo art adorn a minimalist space where Tiffany and her crew render everything from cursive script and seahorses to realistic portraits of pop culture icons such as The Notorious B.I.G.
Around the time he turned double digits, Damien Ramirez started drawing tattoo designs on family and friends. By 18, the self-taught tattoo artist had upped the stakes, tattooing himself and others with permanent ink. Since 2010, he's showcased his talents at Damm Nice Tattoos and Fine Art, where he covers human canvasses in customized designs that cover everything from exaggerated new-school cartoons to spiritual iconography. Damien can even tweak or enhance tattoos you already have by subtly modifying the design, rather than covering you in skin-colored ink. Besides the art he applies to bodies, Damien creates masterful fine art pieces which he sells from the studio.
Led by tattooist Patrick O’Meara, the team of body artists at Full Moon Tattoo performs body piercings and inks clients with custom-designed tattoos as well as Chinese characters, Celtic designs, and classic tats from the tattoo parlor’s library. While artists draw up custom tattoo designs, waiting guests can peruse a selection of body jewelry and T-shirts.