There are moments in each of our lives when we have briefly—and most likely
drunkenly—contemplated permanently inking our skin.
For your next moment, no better city says "weekend impulse tattoo" than Vegas and no other spot will do than
Mario Barth's. This week, the celebrity inkster (whose hands have needled the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Ja
Rule, and Pamela Anderson) opens his sixth Starlight Tattoo
behind the House of Blues in yet
another oddly working combo that only this city could pull off.
On some level, it's a tattoo parlor like any other—sterile white walls, track lighting and requisite
gruff staff. But what Starlight has going for it is something not immediately visible upon entering the tiny
spot. World renown as the industry's "foremost trendsetter" has yielded Barth some enviable contacts in the
tattoo world (yes, there's such a thing).
You can still choose from Barth's extensive collection of over 10,000 pre-drawn images, but the real deal is
when Barth imports special guest artists monthly, such as Japanese master Hori Toshi I and Samoan master
Sulu' Ape Pili Mo'o (who clears a space on the floor and performs traditional Samoan hand tool
, almost a religious ceremony). It's as close to religion as you'll find in this town.
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
(House of Blues Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino)
Las Vegas, NV 89119