Sun-Thu, 1pm-9pm; Fri-Sat, 1pm-10pm
F at Second Ave.; 6 at Bleecker St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
You don’t have to be studded or inked to appreciate the wares at this tattoo and piercing parlor—the waiting area showcases vibrant displays of handcrafted jewelry from local designers. The space banishes stereotypes of gritty, fluorescent-lit tattoo parlors, instead featuring warm red walls. In back, the tattoo artists specialize in applying elaborate, full-color designs, as well as body piercings. Those waiting to go under the needle peruse glass cases in the front window filled with jewelry that incorporates feather, bone, horn, and fossilized ivory. Look for accessories at the counter like wrapping bamboo rings, oversize gong earrings, and gem-topped white-gold navel curves. Although the selection is appropriately edgy the assortment also includes high-end 22-karat-gold pieces and unique wedding bands encrusted with gems and colored glass.