The Reynolds family, which owns Funhouse Tattoo and Funhouse Guesthouse Tattoo, on both sides of Garnet Avenue, recently opened Embellish PB non-laser tattoo removal. The four-month-old business also offers micro blading and professional body piercing at 1447 Garnet Ave.
Esthetician Christine Reynolds does micro blading, a technique used to apply permanent makeup to eyebrows in which a small, handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin. Steve Pure handles professional body piercing.
Why remove tattoos?
“Sometimes it’s a bad decision when you’re younger,” said Seth Reynolds, who owns both Funhouse PB tattoo parlors. “The main reason is they went too far and want to go in a different direction: They’ve got a whole huge sleeve of something they do not want, and they just want to cover it up.”
Reynolds said Embellish PB is unique among tattoo-removal places in San Diego.
“The process we use, Tattoo2away, is the only non-laser tattoo removal technique available in San Diego,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt nearly as much as laser, only goes about half as deep, and we also numb it first. The solution we use on top of the tattoo pulls the ink out. And it doesn’t matter what color it is, unlike lasers, which don’t do certain colors.”
Reynolds said the Tattoo2away process involves creating a polka-dot “template,” about the size of a standard cell phone, to remove ink done in three to five sessions, versus as many as 10 or more sessions with laser removal.
“It’s (tattoo) broken up enough to cover it with something else,” said Reynolds.
Cost for Tattoo2away removal is $350 for initial treatment, $250 for subsequent treatments. The technique is also available in vegan, for those preferring that mode.
Reynolds estimated that, of the 80 percent of people who have tattoos nowadays, as many as 20 percent of those people choose to have their old tattoos removed or replaced.
“It’s just a part of Southern-California living,” he noted, adding tattooing is increasingly becoming more and more of an art form as it evolves.
What: Non-laser tattoo removal, micro blading, body piercing.
Where: 1447 Garnet Ave.
Info: [email protected], 858-263-9591. For body piercing call 858-373-7424.