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Nautilus Tattoo Studio

Anaheim, CA
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  • Graphic
  • Chicano
  • Traditional
  • Realism
  • Micro Realism
  • Fine Lines
  • Color
  • Geometry

Business Description

Nautilus Tattoo Studio caters to customers in Anaheim and the surrounding areas. Its artists offer different types and designs of tattoos, including black and grey realism, floral, geometry, fine lines, graphic, and Japanese styles. Prior to the session, the staff meets with clients to discuss their ideas and preferences on the tattoo's size, subject, detail, and placement on the body. Clients may also fill out the form on the studio's website or send an email for appointments.

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Action Tattoo

5642 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Action Tattoo serves the Anaheim area and accommodates needs for both custom and pre-designed work. The studio's artists cater to various tattoo styles and put focus on sanitation and cleanliness by using sterile, single-use tattoo supplies. Action Tattoo aims to deliver comfort throughout the tattoo process and guides customers through consultation, design, and completion. The studio has been in business since 2001 and is owned by Roger Trawick, whose expertise lies in new school, Japanese art, and American traditional styles.

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5.0 / 5 (59)

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Black Umbrella Tattoo and Art Gallery

12951 Main Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840
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  • Body Art

Business Description

Black Umbrella is a tattoo parlor and art gallery located in Garden Grove, California. In addition to a wide selection of tattoo styles, they also offer an extensive gallery featuring work from local artists, T-shirts, merchandise, and art workshops. The shop atmosphere is modern, clean, and gallery-style. Facebook users give this company a 4.8-star rating. Customers compliment the positive and relaxing experience, cleanly atmosphere, and the artists’ ability to capture their ideas.

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4.5 / 5 (182)
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4.5 / 5 (57)
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1.0 / 5 (1)

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Captured Tattoo

284A South Prospect Avenue, Tustin, CA 92780
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Captured Tattoo is a Tustin-based tattoo studio serving clients throughout the Anaheim metro area. Throughout the years, its team of tattoo artists has built a portfolio of tattoo projects highlighted by wide-ranging styles and designs. Captured Tattoo dedicates itself to staying true to the industry's rich and colorful heritage as well as its progressiveness. The company's mission is to produce the highest quality tattoos while providing clients a professional and comfortable tattooing experience.

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Dr.Tattoo Studio

13731 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92843
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  • Piercings

Business Description

Dr.Tattoo Studio is a tattoo shop that serves clients in Anaheim. Its tattoo artists have different specialties that include traditional, trivial, colors, black and gray, Asian art, realism, and realism. Tattoo artist Hugo Mayen established the shop in 2003. Among the tattoo styles that he is familiar with, he enjoys doing skulls, fantasy tattoos, and Asian and Polynesian tattoos as they help enhance his creativity. The shop's roster of tattoo artists includes Jhonny Lopez, Alramon, and Jose Curlys.

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4.8 / 5 (171)
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4.5 / 5 (48)

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Engineerink Tattoo & Body Piercing

2443 East Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Located in Fullerton, Engineerink Tattoo & Body Piercing is a tattoo studio that has been in the business since 2014 and servicing clients from Anaheim. It offers various tattooing styles, including animated, black and grey, bold lines, realistic colors, and traditional. Owner Josh Palmer is a tattoo artist with over 11 years of experience. He leads a team of professional tattooists who are focused on customer service and satisfaction. Engineerink Tattoo & Body Piercing also welcomes customers who are fond of body piercings.

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Fine Tattoo Work

745 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868
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  • Body Art
  • Portraits

Business Description

Fine Tattoo Work is a tattoo shop that has been providing its services for clients in Anaheim and other cities in Orange County since 2004. The shop was founded by Lucky Bastard, who started his career as a tattoo artist in 1989 and has been specializing in traditional Americana and Japanese work. Fine Tattoo Work houses six experienced tattoo artists and provides its clients step-by-step tattoo aftercare instructions and tips.

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Mechanical Concept Tattoo

6027 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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  • Traditional Tattoos

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Mechanical Concept Tattoo provides customized tattoos in Anaheim. Its team has a combined experience of more than 50 years in the industry, working with various designs and clients with varying preferences. It is focused on creating tattoo concepts that emphasize muscle structure and the overall body shape. Mechanical Concept Tattoo is an expert when it comes to styles like traditional Americana, Japanese, and realism. The shop is on an appointment basis but is also accepting walk-in clients.

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My Tattoo - Huntington Beach

17845 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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  • Body Art
  • Piercings

Business Description

My Tattoo is a Southern California tattoo business with one shop in Alhambra and one in Huntington Beach. They use both machine and traditional Tebori hand style to produce a wide range of tattoo styles. Founder, Jess Yen, has more than a decade of experience. He has won awards on a national and international level for his artistry and specializes in Oriental body suit and realistic portraits. Every team member of My Tattoo is a blood borne pathogen certified body art technician. They use single-use needles for tattoos and piercings as well as professional grade sterilization equipment.

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Olde Tyme Tattoo

2900 Brea Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92835
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  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Body Art
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos

Business Description

Composed of creative and talented artists, Olde Tyme Tattoo draws art designs on clients' skins in Anaheim. Established in 2009 by tattoo artist Jonathan Kelly, it has been catering to various requests and designs but is also an expert on photo-realism, custom lettering, portraits, neo-traditional or new school, traditional American, and any tattoo-related ideas. Old Tyme Tattoo is a frequented place and its artists are sought-after by tattoo fanatics due to their reputation of providing clean, quality output.

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Paper Crane Tattoo Studio

530 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
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  • Body Art
  • Geometric Tattoos
  • Portraits

Business Description

Paper Crane Studio is a state-of-the-art tattoo shop located serving the metro Anaheim area. They specialize in creating original and tailored tattoos through many different styles of tattoo art. The shop is set up to provide semi-private spaces for customer’s privacy. They also use high-quality disposable tubes and needles to eliminate re-use of equipment. They are knowledgeable in aseptic procedure and practice blood-born pathogen and infection control standards. They place high standards on cleanliness and safety.

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5.0 / 5 (71)

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Port City Tattoo - Costa Mesa

1145 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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  • Traditional Tattoos

Business Description

Port City Tattoo is a Southern California tattoo business with shops located in both Long Beach and Costa Mesa. They offer a wide variety of tattoo styles that includes Japanese, traditional, old school, black and gray, portraits, and sacred geometry. Each of the eight artists at Port City Tattoo has more than a decade of experience in tattoo techniques. The shop was voted the Best tattoo parlor in Orange County by OC Weekly. They employ current sterilization methods to ensure a clean facility for their customers.

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Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor

116 North 2nd Avenue, Upland, CA 91786
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  • Body Art

Business Description

Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor is a shop owned by Corey Miller who has been inking clients in Anaheim. Corey has over 35 years of experience as a professional tattoo artist. The parlor itself has been around for more than 20 years with clients ranging from regulars to celebrities. Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor specializes in different tattoo styles such as color realism, Japanese art, religious pieces, and portraits. It also inks cover-ups and custom tattoos.

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4.7

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Torch Tattoo

1755 South Claudina Way, Anaheim, CA 92805
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  • Body Art

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Torch Tattoo is an Anaheim-based studio with more than a half-decade of experience in the industry. The team of five experienced tattoo artists specializes in fine lines and bold designs. In addition to their tattoo services, they also offer a selection of t-shirts, patches, and prints for sale online and in their shop. Customers give the parlor a 4.7-star Facebook rating with customers complimenting the welcoming environment and satisfactory results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

A tattoo is body art that leaves permanent designs or pictures on the skin. They're applied via needle by depositing ink onto the second layer of skin. While the first tattoos were applied manually with a single needle that was first saturated in ink, today's tattoos are done by a machine. These machines feature multiple needles that pierce the skin simultaneously, speeding up the process and creating tattoos that are more visually appealing.

Tattoos are usually done in licensed tattoo shops. These shops adhere to health and cleaning standards and are typically regulated by state and municipal governments. While tattoos are generally safe, there are associated risks, including skin infections. Any person getting a tattoo is legally required to be at least 18 years of age. It's also inadvisable for anyone who isn't in good health to get a tattoo, as the body requires time and energy to heal and prevent infection.

What should you know before getting your first tattoo?

Before getting tattooed, it's important to think about design and placement. A tattoo is a permanent fixture on the body, and it's important not to rush into things. You should also consider the artist's background and take time to look into their portfolio to ensure their style best suits the tattoo you want.

What are some examples of tattoo styles?

There are many types of tattoo styles, and it's important for a person to familiarize themselves with them before they select a design. Styles include:

  • Americana: Bold lines, vivid colors
  • Japanese: Large images that cover the back, arms, and legs
  • Black and Grey: Colorless grayscale designs
  • Stick-n-Poke: Thick, bold, black lines and small designs
  • Blackwork: Bold black lines and larger geometric shapes

Is tipping expected & how much to tip on your tattoo?

While most tattoo artists don't expect tips, it's often appreciated. If you're happy with the work your tattoo artist has done, consider tipping between 15% and 25%. If the tattoo requires multiple sessions, a flat amount per session is appropriate.

What are some basic tattoo aftercare tips?

It's important to follow all aftercare directions provided by the tattoo artist. Usually, artists will advise clients to ensure that tattoos are kept clean and dry. After showering, the tattoo should be gently patted dry and treated with Vaseline or another tattoo aftercare product.

What are the best practices for healing a tattoo?

After removing the dressing, it's important to keep the tattoo clean, dry, and uncovered. Applying Vaseline or another recommended ointment can help to speed up the healing process. As they heal, tattoos can sometimes itch, but it's vital that you don't scratch or pick at it.

What are the most and least painful places to get a tattoo?

Parts of the body that have the most nerve endings are generally the most painful to have tattooed. That includes the head, ears, and face. Places that don't have a lot of fat, such as the fingers, shoulder blades, and feet, are typically more painful. The least painful parts of the body to get tattooed include the outer arm, buttocks, and thighs.

Is tattoo ink vegan or organic? Are there vegan/organic options available?

There are plenty of tattoo ink brands available on the market, some of which can include pigment that comes from insects, animal bones, animal fat, and gelatin from horse hooves. It should be assumed that most tattoo ink is neither vegan nor organic; however, organic and vegan inks exist. It's best to discuss these preferences with the tattoo artist before booking an appointment to ensure they're available.

How much do tattoo artists make?

According to ZipRecruiter, the average tattoo artist in the U.S. earns $99,956 annually, which equates to about $48 hourly. As with most careers, pay increases with experience. Salaries in this profession range from $12,000/year to $309,000/year.

How does one become a tattoo artist?

While there isn't a clear path for one to become a tattoo artist, the best way to work towards this goal is by taking art and graphic design classes and building a broad portfolio of designs. Once you have a professional portfolio, you can apply for mentorships with reputable, established tattoo artists who are seeking apprentices. Mentors can teach tattooing techniques and help you gain valuable experience.

How do you get a tattoo artist license?

In some states, tattoo artists are required to get licensing from their state health department. Application processes vary, so it's important to check with your local licensing department prior to offering services. Additionally, some states may require you to complete a course in blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases prior to obtaining a state tattoo license.

What safety certifications do tattoo artists need to acquire to become licensed?

Besides having a state tattoo license, most tattoo artists are required to have certification in blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases. It's important for tattoo artists to be prepared for emergencies by obtaining CPR and first aid training.

Are there minimum training requirements to become a tattoo artist?

Every tattoo studio has its own requirements when it comes to training. In most cases, new artists are required to have a well-presented portfolio and spend several months working under the guidance of an experienced mentor. These teachers show how to use the tools of the trade, oversee designs, and instruct interactions with clients.

What tools do tattoo artists need?

Most tattoo shops require artists to have their own supplies. That includes their own tattoo machines and necessary parts, such as needles, tubes, tips, and grips. Tattoo artists also need a large supply of ink and tattoo stencils.

Do tattoo artists make more money working in a tattoo shop or opening their own?

Just as with any industry, there is a large risk associated with going into business for oneself. Any tattoo artist considering opening their own shop should ensure they have business management and marketing skills to enable their shop to succeed. While becoming a tattoo shop owner can be lucrative, artists who don't have the business skills to succeed may earn a higher salary working in an established shop.

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