230 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-439-0021
When Ferndale City Council finally scrapped outdated zoning that prohibited tattoo shops downtown, it was only a matter of time before one would pop up. Signature opened its doors in October 2010, an artist-run venture co-owned by prominent tattoo and underground artist Mark Heggie. Noting that many of his clients at his other shop, Big Top Tattoo in Utica, traveled from Detroit and nearby suburbs, it only made sense to open a store there. Artists create all their own designs rather than relying on purchased flash, but it's not the ink that grabbed our readers' attention. The skill and creativity of the resident needle-wielder, Piercing by Tyler, gets the honors this year.