Don’t be surprised if you walk into Derm F/X Tattoo and find a fellow patron taking a nap on the couch. The shop’s regulars are known to come in and hang out, which is perfectly fine with the staff. Derm’s three artists—Cody, Scotty, and Chentelle—have spent 10 years making their studio the type of place where clients also feel like friends. It’s probably not hard for them to bond with their patrons: approximately 98% of their work is custom tattoos they’ve created by collaborating with clients. And they’re honest—if they feel a guest is asking for art that isn’t doable, they’re not afraid to say so. Unlike the key to never losing one's keys, Derm’s excellent reputation isn’t exactly a secret, as they have attracted clients such as Seahawks players Kam Chancellor and Marcus Trufant.
If little Goldilocks visited Beauty Nails in Kent, she would find five spa pedicure chairs to be too big, and one to be just right. All ages are welcomed into the salon, which houses five manicure stations along with pedicure thrones for adults and kids. The salon's technicians brush nails with OPI and China Glaze polish. For extra-long wear, they can bust out the CND Shellac polish for a manicure that lasts up to three weeks without chipping or scratching—a much better way to preserve a fresh manicure than breaking into a school and laminating your hands. The staff’s services also extend into skincare such as facials, microdermabrasion, waxing, and permanent makeup.
Rooster Down Tattoo Gallery's artists see possibilities wherever they look. Blank skin becomes a canvas for intricate tattoos—vibrant portraits that wrap around arms, backs, and antlers. So when it came time for Rooster's team of artists to purchase a business, they took a similar approach and looked for another blank canvas. After much searching, the artists found their perfect location—a vintage home more than 100 years old.
With two stories, the classic house makes visitors feel more like guests than customers. Upon entering, the staff invites patrons to lounge atop a waiting room's leather couches and watch a flat-screen TV, which hangs directly above a fireplace. The team then leads patrons into one of several private tattoo rooms. Here, Rooster's resident and visiting artists—artists like Graydon Payne and Melissa Senesac—get to work away from any distractions, such as a right-bicep dragon tattoo coming to life and playing the left-bicep trombone tattoo. The artists' steady hands can emblazon bodies with vibrant custom artwork or, alternatively, use EliminInk tattoo-removal technology to restore skin to a blank slate.
When you think of a permanent piece of art on your body, the idea can be a little intimidating. Christy Brooker founded her spa-like Damask Tattoo to counteract that notion. Indeed, the bright and chic ambiance inside the studio will make you think you’re about to get a massage rather than a tattoo. All of the tattoo artists at Damask Tattoo are women, and each one has different artistic specialties and interests, ranging from nature to portraits to street art. Clean is the name of the game here, and Damask Tattoo provides a special all-natural vegan aftercare kit to make sure your tattoo heals properly without any harmful chemicals. The artists take their role seriously in the community, which is shown in everything from their sponsorship of a woman’s softball team in Seattle to their fun and informative blog. Damask Tattoo is the perfect place to get some beautiful body art in a friendly, unintimidating atmosphere!
Liposuction, augmentation and more require going under the knife. Luckily for tattoo lovers, they only have to go under the needle. Under the Needle Tattoos is a popular tattoo shop in Seattle. Located in downtown Seattle, Under the Needle is an easy place to stop in for a consultation, to explore tattoo options or to get a pre-scheduled tattoo. Traditional and more contemporary styles are practiced from all tattoo artists, and guest artists are frequently featured as well, giving guests an opportunity to get a once-in-a-lifetime tattoo design. Facilities are clean and professional every day. Under the Needle also supports other local artists, carrying local goods, crafts, jewelry and more for sale in the shop. Tattoo-related events are often held in conjunction with Under the Needle, so check the shop’s website for more details to avoid missing out on these awesome events.
Behind a storefront nestled amid Belltown's bleeding-edge galleries and Art Deco artifacts, a quiet revolution is brewing. The shop is Dzul Ink Lounge, and inside, tattoo artists and brothers Jacob and Alex Dzul are out to turn decades of preconceptions on their collective ear. Gone are the cheesy designs and abrasive alt-rock assaults that typify most tattoo parlors. Instead, visitors step into a lounge that has more in common with a contemporary art space, a quality that's also shared by the shop's vivid, customized tattoos. Whether they're getting their first tattoos or adding ink to an already impressive bodily canvas, clients can flip through an iPad filled with thousands of the shop's exclusive designs, or collaborate with one of the resident artists on designs that are as personal as they are precise.