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Best Tattoo Shops in Los Angeles

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1358 5th Street #506, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Neo-Traditional Tattoos
  • Dotwork Tattoos
  • Water Color Tattoos
  • Animal Portrait Tattoos
  • Blackwork Tattoos
  • Realism Tattoos
  • Tribal Tattoos
  • Script & Lettering Tattoos
  • Minimalist Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos
  • Memorial Tattoos
  • Coverup Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Los Angeles Tattoo Shop serves clients in and around the city. It produces a wide range of tattoo styles, from minimalism and realism to neo-traditional and tribal patterns. To assist clients in selecting the artwork they want tattooed on their bodies, the private studio educates them on the symbolism and significance of specific tattoos. It employs tattooing technology from Dynamic, Eternal Ink, Wacom, and Inkjet Stencils, and it provides a pain-free tattoo option. Blue Mason, the owner and tattoo artist, has been in the industry for more than a decade.

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5.0 / 5 (78)

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Price: Call for pricing

Los Angeles, CA

Why choose this provider?

Need help contacting a Tattoo Shop in Los Angeles? Call our Concierge team at 848-Book-Pro (848-266-5776 from 6 am - 4 pm PT | Mon - Fri). They are standing by to help you get the service you need.

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Price: Free booking service | Call 848.Book.Pro!

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Studio City, CA 91604
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Jewelry
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Studio City Tattoo is a Studio City tattoo studio that was founded in 1992. The studio is also an authorized Bill Wall Leather Jewelry Dealer. The studio also provides body piercing services and has a staff of highly qualified tattoo artists and body piercers. Studio City Tattoo offers numerous types of piercings including basic earlobes, basic cartilage helix, forward helix, body piercings, industrial piercing, and dermals. All of the studio’s artists are licensed with the Los Angeles County Health Department.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (1111)
Facebook
4.7 / 5 (2)

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1313 Sartori Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
  • Body Art

Why choose this provider?

Black Raven Tattoo offers body art services in Los Angeles. It houses a team of tattoo artists—both men and women—as well as visiting guest artists. They create different types of tattoos, such as traditional, minimalist, and watercolor. The studio also offers vegan and ritual body art and body piercings. Owner and tattoo artist Tiffany Garcia has been part of the industry for more than 20 years. Her establishment was chosen as South Bay's Best Tattoo Shop for 2019 and 2021 by The Beach Reporter.

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4.8
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (140)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (84)
Google
4.8 / 5 (77)

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1809 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291
  • Body Art

Why choose this provider?

Established in 2008, Black Diamond Tattoo operates in and around Venice, including Los Angeles. It employs tattoo artists who specialize in a variety of styles, including traditional Japanese and American designs, realistic colorwork, illustrative art, and blackwork designs. In addition, the studio also offers tattoo removal services using the Tatt2Away treatment program, which uses a non-toxic solution. Black Diamond Tattoo also sells its own brand of apparel for men and women, ranging from shirts and hoodies to snapback caps.

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4.5
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (433)
Facebook
4.0 / 5 (326)
Google
4.0 / 5 (168)

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Los Angeles, CA 90034
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Portraits

Why choose this provider?

Rabble Rouser Tattoo is a family-owned and operated Los Angeles tattoo studio that has a staff of tattoo artists with over 60 years of combined professional experience. The studio provides services for walk in customers and by appointment. The studio’s staff are highly experienced with a wide range of tattooing styles. Rabble Rouser Tattoo offers gift cards for customers as well.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (1)

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6181 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Traditional Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • Geometric Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

RicRoks Tattoos is a tattoo studio that offers custom design services to clients in Los Angeles. The studio features some of the best tattoo artists in LA, whose portfolios are displayed on the studio's website. Its tattoo artists handle a variety of styles and specialize in turning each client's idea into a real and long-lasting tattoo. It also offers tattoo aftercare instructions, including information about bandaging, washing, and best practices for the tattoo's longevity.

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4.9
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (204)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (183)
Google
4.6 / 5 (79)

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830 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Ink Ink Tattoo is a Venice tattoo studio that was founded in 1995 that is owned and operated by original proprietor Karina Mayorga. The studio is open seven days a week and the studio’s tattoo artists specialize in a wide range of tattooing styles including black and grey, color, lettering, portraits, symbolism, surrealism, conceptual art, biology, architecture, and occult. The studio also provides tattoo cover-up services.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (63)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (2)

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7216 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
  • Body Art
  • Portraits

Why choose this provider?

Generation8Tattoo is a tattoo studio that serves clients in the Los Angeles area. The tattoo shop is available for both walk-in clients and appointments. Generation8Tattoo is founded by Dave Hatton, who is a professional tattoo artist. Before he started tattooing professionally, he apprenticed for eight years to learn the fundamentals of the art. Currently, its team of tattoo artists specializes in a wide range of tattoo styles, such as traditional Japanese, blackwork, dotwork, linework, and sketch.

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4.8
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (535)
Facebook
4.5 / 5 (408)
Google
4.7 / 5 (227)

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4644 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Body Art

Why choose this provider?

Dark Horse Tattoo is a tattoo shop in Los Angeles. The shop’s artists work with tattoo styles like traditional American imagery, Japanese and Asian motifs, and Borneo and Polynesian tattooing. They also offer ornamental and geometric styles, dot works, and black and grey works. Dark Horse also provides cosmetic tattooing services, including microblading for eyebrows, areola pigmentation, and scalp micro pigmentation. The shop’s team of experienced tattoo artists has a combined professional experience of over 40 years.

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4.9
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (69)
Google
4.8 / 5 (41)

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4860 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90029
  • Body Art

Why choose this provider?

St. Marks Tattoo has been providing body art services to the people of Los Angeles since 2017. Its professionals specialize in creating custom tattoo designs in the traditional Americana style, either colored or black and gray. The studio also maintains a retail space and online shop, where a variety of original merchandise is available. Among the products that clients can purchase are t-shirts, sticker packs, and enamel pins. St. Marks Tattoo also offers gift certificates.

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Google
4.8 / 5 (25)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (19)

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2212 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Holy Garden Art Palace is a tattoo studio serving Los Angeles. It provides tattooing services by appointment for different styles, sizes, and placements. It is able to work on both colored and black and gray pieces and its website features its tattoo artists' portfolio of completed tattoo artworks. For convenience, clients can email, text, or submit a form online to get a tattoo appointment. The shop also carries a variety of products, like clothing, books, and accessories, as well as artworks from its team.

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4.7
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (79)
Google
4.0 / 5 (40)

Website
1136 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Hailin Tattoo has been serving clients in Los Angeles and the neighboring areas since 2013. Founders Hailin Fu and Gloria Zhang worked as tattoo artists in China for more than a decade before moving to the United States. They specialize in freehand and traditional Chinese styles and incorporate Chinese mythology and history in their designs. Both artists have received awards from the National Tattoo Association. They have also published an art book series and sold thousands of copies around the world.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (128)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (14)

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133 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Body Art
  • Realism Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Tinta Rebelde Tattoo is a collective art gallery and tattoo studio in Los Angeles. It offers tattoo services and full body piercings. Tinta Rebelde Tattoo owner Rafael Sanchez, also known as Rockabilly Ray, has a distinct style of tattooing that is a blend of his appreciation for Rockabilly music, his Mexican heritage, and various influences from the LA street life and the American traditional style. The shop’s piercing options include basic cartilage, ear lobe, eyebrow, industrial, tongue, and nostril piercings.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (245)

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Website
2518 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
  • Body Art

Why choose this provider?

American Electric Tattoo, Co., is a tattoo shop that serves clients in Los Angeles. Established in 1999, it enlists the expertise of tattoo artists who specialize in single needlework, abstract geometrics, portraits, cover-ups, and sleeves. It has received recognition from various publications, such as The Huffington Post and Time Out Los Angeles. The shop is led and owned by Craig Jackman, an English-born tattoo artist who was part of the first season of LA Ink.

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4.8
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (370)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (272)
Google
4.5 / 5 (106)

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1228 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Purple Panther Tattoos is a tattoo studio in Los Angeles. Shop owner Graham Chaffee graduated from Art Center College and has been with the company since 1995. The studio is composed of tattoo artists specializing in a wide range of tattoo styles, including traditional black and gray, etching, and kanji and Japanese mythology and imagery. Purple Panther Tattoos has been serving the community since 1991 and has been featured on Discovery Channel and Savage, Tattoo, and Inked magazines.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (88)
Google
4.4 / 5 (49)

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Website
4508 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Spinner Ink Tattoos welcomes fans of body art to its Los Angeles studio. It was founded by tattoo aficionado William Spinner, who is also known as “Big-Will” in the community. He has been actively working in the tattoo industry for more than seven years, realizing his childhood dream to become an artist. Big-Will creates custom designs for clients, specializing in black and gray realism as well as anime or cartoon work. Spinner Ink Tattoos recommends clients book appointments while also accepting walk-ins.

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Google
5.0 / 5 (22)

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Website
10200 Venice Blvd. #205,, Culver City, CA 90232
  • Watercolor Tattoos
  • Abstract Tattoos
  • Portraits
  • Geometric Tattoos
  • Neotraditional Tattoos
  • New School tattoos
  • Fine Line Tattoos
  • Cover-ups / Fix-ups
  • Black and Gray Realism
  • Realism
  • Body Art

Why choose this provider?

Art Collector Tattoo is a tattoo shop that serves customers in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Its owner and artist, Nik Lucas, has been in the tattoo industry for more than nine years. He specializes in trash polka, abstract, and color, black, and gray realism. He is also experienced in watercolor tattoo designs. One of Nik's previous clients praised him for being able to conceal the old burn scars he got as an infant with a tattoo.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (57)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (5)

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Website
2957 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
  • Body Art

Why choose this provider?

Abxtract Tattoo was created by full-time tattoo artist Tim Mueller in Los Angeles. It strives to provide clients with unique watercolor tattoos and abstract tattoos that might not be available in other shops. The company strives to maintain a clean environment and follows modern safety standards. Its professional employees seek to turn something painful into an enjoyable experience. They help every individual achieve the body art of their dreams and aim to be original in every level of services they conduct.

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Google
5.0 / 5 (42)

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6548 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Traditional Tattoos

Why choose this provider?

Old Tradition Tattoo is a tattoo parlor located in Los Angeles, established in 2015. Its offers custom tattoos via artists who specialize in various styles to accommodate a wide range of client aesthetics and preferences. Founder Chris Suicide! has been tattooing since 2008 and started his apprenticeship in Tinta Rebelde Hollywood. He specializes in the American traditional tattoo style. Chris is also the singer of The Triggers and Chencha Berrinches. Old Tradition Tattoo has also been featured in VoyageLA magazine.

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4.3
Facebook
4.0 / 5 (196)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (103)
Google
4.6 / 5 (83)

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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.