4205 GUADALUPE ST
AUSTIN, TX 78751-4224
Artists: Chris Treviño, Carlos Truan, Bob Moreau, MarniePerfection Tattoo is definitely a custom shop. Located in Central Austin, and surrounded by an eclectic residential area, Perfection was opened in 1978 by Bob Moreau. Moreau passed the shop to his student Dave Lum, who then passed it to Chris Treviño, the current owner, in 1992. Treviño, known worldwide as Horimana, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for his amazing, full-body Japanese work. “For the most part, our clientele is looking for larger scale tattoos, serious tattoos,” says artist Carlos Truan. “Every week there are people flying in from all over the world to get tattooed by Treviño. It keeps things serious and interesting.” Staffed with four tattooers, the shop also attracts guest artists, both from the states and abroad. The shop has an impressive tattoo art collection hanging on its walls that features signed original fl ash and some pieces dating as far back as the early 1900s. And breaking a long held tattoo shop norm, Perfection keeps what Truan calls “regular business hours,” opening up at 10 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m. “It keeps me focused,” says Truan.
DRINK: The Parlor, 100 E. North Loop Blvd., Suite B, 512-454-8965. This punk rock, indie pizza joint features slow-baked pies, cheap beers, and live music shows that are “always free and always all ages.”
EAT: New World Deli, 4101 Guadalupe St., Suite 100, 512-451-7170. This relaxed Hyde Park deli meets European café has floor-to-ceiling windows, walls covered with the wares of local artists, and an interesting menu featuring salads, wraps, and sandwiches for both vegetarians and meat-eaters.
SHOP: Austin Books, 5002 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-454-4197. Hot-off-the press comics, Japanese manga, anime action figures, and hard-to-find Japanese graphic novels make this place a geek’s playground.