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Best Tattoo Artists
in Costa Mesa

Why These Tattoo Artists?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored tattoo artists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best tattoo artists in Costa Mesa, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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agape art collective

agape art collective is a tattoo studio in Costa Mesa. Artist Jake Mello has been tattooing for over eight years. Client satisfaction comes first for him. Artist Melissa Daye has been tattooing for over 14 years and likes to do custom work, but she will work with clients’ requests. The studio is open seven days a week and also offers piercing. Clients remark on the compliments they get on their tattoos.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627


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Blue Collar Tattoo

Blue Collar Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that specializes in reconstructive, cosmetic, and paramedical tattooing services. The studio is family owned and operated and owner, tattoo artist, and piercer Jason Lewis has over eight years of experience. Artist and piercer Dakota Gilbert specializes in neo-traditional and traditional tattoos. Tattoo artist Zodel Pedroza specializes in black and gray realism. Clients like the quality of their work and the family feel of the studio.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627


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Cali Life Tattoo

Cali Life Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that specializes in cover ups, black and gray, color, traditional, fine line, new school, and old school tattoos. They also provide piercings. Clients appreciate the detail and clean lines in their tattoos.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627


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Dr. Tattoo Studios

Dr. Tattoo Studios is a Garden Grove studio that provides tattoos, body piercings, and permanent makeup. Owner Hugo Mayen has over 21 years of experience and has training in sterilization, cross control, sanitation, cross contamination, and blood borne pathogens. He likes to do various tattoos including skulls, Asian and Polynesian, and fantasy. Clients appreciate Hugo’s friendliness and clean shop.

Garden Grove, CA 92843


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Gold Rush Tattoo

Gold Rush Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that has been serving clients for over nine years. It is one of the top rated shops in Southern California and welcomes walk-ins. Owner and tattoo artist Colin Dowling has over 17 years of experience. He opened Gold Rush Tattoo in 2006. His styles include American traditional, Japanese style, and black and grey. Artist Joel Bones has won awards and has been tattooing for over 21 years. He specializes in realistic tattooing in black and gray and color. The other artists have over 60 years of combined experience. Clients are impressed with their work and their professionalism.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627


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Illuminati Tattoo Lounge

Illuminati Tattoo Lounge is a Fullerton studio that has been serving clients since 2012. The eight artists specialize in styles including neo-traditional, old school, portraits, black and gray, fine line, new school, graffiti, and Japanese. The lounge is open concept to make clients comfortable and facilitate communication. The artists prefer appointments but do accept walk-ins. Illuminati Tattoo Lounge was voted one of the best tattoo shops in Orange County by Orange County Hotlist and CityVoter.com in 2013. They placed third out of over 36 area tattoo shops. Clients remark on the welcoming environment and reasonable prices.

Fullerton, CA 92831


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Laguna Tattoo

Laguna Tattoo is a Laguna Beach studio that is the oldest tattoo shop in Orange County. It opened in 1982 and changed ownership in 1994. The artists are easygoing and approachable and strive to have a professional and relaxed environment for clients. They all are licensed with the Orange County Health Department and take blood borne pathogen training every year. Clients are impressed with the quality of their tattoos and appreciated the comfortable and clean environment.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


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Lowrider Tattoo Studios

Lowrider Tattoo Studios is a Fountain Valley studio that specializes in fine line black and gray work. The studio is open every day except Sunday. Clients like the quality of the tattoos and the customer service.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708


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Mi Familia Tattoo Studio

Mi Familia Tattoo Studio is a shop owned and operated by Big Ceeze. He is an award winning artist who has over 15 years of experience. He specializes in portraits, black and gray realism, Japanese art, and floral. Artist James Hunter has over six years of experience and specializes in traditional art and bright, colorful tattoos. They sell a variety of prints and T-shirts. Clients remark that they feel like family and are happy with their tattoos.

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Mr. Inkwells Classy Tattoos

Mr. Inkwells Classy Tattoos, established in 2018, is a tattoo studio in Los Alamitos, California, that caters to tattoo enthusiasts in the Costa-Mesa metro area, including Cypress, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and Fountain Valley. It prides itself on its upfront pricing and experienced tattoo artists, and it offers a clean, friendly atmosphere for the tattooing process. It offers fixed prices for small, medium, and large flash tattoos and hourly rates for custom tattoo work.

10910 Los Alamitos Blvd
Los Alamitos, CA 90720


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My Tattoo

My Tattoo is a Huntington Beach studio that specializes in an assortment of tattoo styles using machines and traditional Tebori hand style. All artists are blood borne pathogen certified body art technicians. They use a three step process to sterilize all equipment and use professional grade materials. The studio also offers piercing. Owner Jess Yen has over 16 years of tattooing experience and has won multiple awards at national and international conventions. His specialties are Oriental and realism. He has seven other experienced artists and two locations. Clients remark on the painless piercings and the friendly and patient artists.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647


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OC Tattoo

OC Tattoo is a Westminster studio that has been serving clients for over 12 years. It is one of the premier tattoo shops in Orange County. There are over 10 professional tattoo artists that provide custom tattoos, traditional, Japanese, color, black and gray, and other styles. They also have a tattoo flash for clients to choose from. The artists use hospital-level sterilization techniques and the shop is fully licensed. Clients like the environment and the quality of the artwork.

Westminster, CA 92683


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Outer Limits Tattoo

Outer Limits Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that has another location in Long Beach. It has won OC Weekly’s Reader’s Choice for Best Tattoo Shop and for Best Piercing Shop from 2011-2014. They also offer retail jewelry at the Costa Mesa location. Owner Kari Barba opened Outer Limits Tattoo over 32 years ago. The shop has a diverse group of artists who can provide clients with almost any style of tattoo. Clients appreciate the friendly staff and professional service.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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Players Club Tattoo Parlor

Players Club Tattoo Parlor is a Huntington Beach studio that also provides piercing. The studio was nominated in OC Weekly’s 2015 Reader’s Poll for Best Tattoo Shop in Orange County. Clients praise the quality of their work and the professional artists.

Huntington Beach, CA 92648


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Port City Tattoo

Port City Tattoo is a Costa Mesa studio that has been serving clients since 2014. It was voted Best Tattoo Shop in Orange County by OC Weekly. Customer safety is important at both locations and they use the most up-to-date sterilization methods. Each of the eight artists has over a decade of experience, and specialize in black and gray, portraits, Japanese designs, lettering, realistic, traditional, and more. They also host well-known artists from around the world. Clients remark on the excellent service and great prices.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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San Clemente Tattoo

San Clemente Tattoo is a custom tattoo shop that has been serving clients since 2011. The artists specialize in black and gray, Japanese, American traditional, and portrait tattoos. They also build tattoo machines, draw, and paint. San Clemente Tattoo has an old school tattoo parlor feel, sells T-shirts, and is open every day. Clients like the artists’ attention to detail, the fair pricing, and clean environment.

San Clemente, CA 92672


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Spiritual Journey Tattoo

Spiritual Journey Tattoo is a Stanton studio that also does piercings. They provide tribal tattoos as well as traditional tattoos. The gallery has traditional tattoo tools, historical art, and photos from the Philippines. Clients appreciate their tribal work and like the positive staff.

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Still Life Tattoo

Still Life Tattoo is a Seal Beach studio that has been open for over four years. The artists provide flash or pre-designed tattoos as well as custom tattoos. The shop is owned and operated by Tim Shelton and is open Monday to Saturday and on Sunday by appointment only. Clients like the experience they had at the studio and the artists’ talent.

Seal Beach, CA 90740


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Tim Hendricks

Tim Hendricks is a Fullerton tattoo artist who also makes custom made tattoo machines. He is the owner of Classic Tattoo and has an online store that carries tattoo machines, tattoo needles, sketchbooks, ink, and more. Clients appreciate Tim’s talent and his welcoming studio.

Fullerton, CA 92832


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Torch Tattoo

Torch Tattoo is an Anaheim studio that is open Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Monday. The online store sells merchandise such as T-shirts and patches that are also available at the shop. Torch Tattoo accepts walk-ins but works mostly by appointment, especially for larger pieces. The shop minimum is $80 and they accept cash only. Gift certificates are available. Clients recommend the artists and praise their professionalism and the shop’s cleanliness.

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