Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Tattoo fans will have yet another opportunity to get inked on the Strip this spring: Tattoo artist and industry innovator Mario Barth is opening a new location of his Starlight Tattoo shop at The Mirage by the end of May.
Passers-by may have already noticed the space under construction in recent weeks, replacing part of the gift shop Impulse in The Mirage’s retail promenade. The new 1,248-square-foot location marks the second Starlight Tattoo parlor in Las Vegas, the first having opened at Mandalay Bay in 2008. Barth also heads up two Starlight Tattoos in New Jersey and has hosted his Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth at The Mirage for the past four years.
“Mario’s studios across the Las Vegas Strip are accessible to guests traveling to the destination from all parts of the world, and the demand for Mario and his specially trained artists has grown tremendously," Mirage reps said in an e-mail confirming the opening. "Mario Barth and The Mirage look forward to providing new and returning customers an original and state-of-the-art Starlight Tattoo experience this summer."
Barth’s other tattoo-centric property at The Mirage, his King Ink bar-lounge-tattoo parlor across from 1 OAK, will close upon Starlight's opening. Local magician Paul Vigil, who has held a residency at King Ink since it opened in 2010, performed his final show there March 13.
"All I knew were that things were up in the air. Not knowing where I'd land, I decided to just pull out while I still had the ball in my court," Vigil says of the circumstances. "Perhaps The Mirage will wish to hire me themselves? I don't know. I've done my part."
Vigil is uncertain about the future of his Las Vegas show. He will be traveling for a string of performances in the coming weeks and says he will refocus on the local scene upon his return.