We're not 100 percent clear on the science behind the reasons people decide to get tattoos, but if we had to guess, boredom and alcohol would be at the top of the list. Quarantining during a pandemic has brought both into our lives in a big way, so we can only deduce that Ocho Placas Tattoo Company is seeing an uptick in business. The hometown shop — elevated by the work of co-owners John Vale and Javier Betancourt, along with a cohort of talented designers — is an internationally recognized space with a strong local presence (Vale and Betancourt are also part of Miami's music, visual arts and culinary scenes). The artists at Ocho Placas go way beyond butterfly tramp stamps and 'I Love Mom' tattoos; they're well-known for their custom designs, no matter how intricate or involved. If you've got something in mind, these specialists will help you bring it to life. Not sure what you want? Tell them what you're into, and they'll put their talents to work. Check out the Ocho Placas Facebook page to see some examples of recent work, then call or go online to make an appointment. The shop is open from 1 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.