Laurels
Best Tattoo Artists
in Santa Monica
2017

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 analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best tattoo artists in Santa Monica, 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.

Black Diamond Tattoo

Black Diamond Tattoo has been providing a custom form of tattooing in Venice since 2008. The studio has a shop for selling sailor tanks, t-shirts, trucker hats, and snapbacks. One of the studio’s founders has over 20 years of professional tattooing experience, and specializes in American traditional and Japanese traditional tattoos but also accommodates black and gray designs. No children or pets are allowed in the studio. The studio reminds its client that, “good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”

Venice, CA(310) 399-1177

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Broken Art Tattoo

Broken Art Tattoo offers more than a decade of experience in custom tattoo services in Los Angeles. The studio’s artists are comfortable with a variety of styles such as color, black and gray, portrait, and lettering. The studio has a tireless persona which extends through all services rendered. This has earned the studio great reviews and clientele spanning the globe. The studio operates out of a basement, and customers can schedule a consultation via the studio’s website or email.

Los Angeles, CA(323) 661-4777

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Dark Horse Tattoo

Dark Horse Tattoo is a Los Angeles tattoo parlor founded in 2010. The studio’s founder has more than 15 years of professional tattooing experience and specializes in traditional Americana imagery as well as Japanese and Asian motifs. The studio also hosts guest artists regularly to spice up the tattooing style offered to customers. The shop has a relaxed atmosphere and is happy to work with whatever customers have in mind.

Los Angeles, CA(323) 665-7345

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Devocean Tattoo Studio

Devocean Tattoo Studio is a high-end custom tattoo studio in Venice “devoted to arts.” The studio also offers other services such as body piercing, fine art, apparel and a selection of body jewelry. The studio accepts only cash and has an ATM machine in the studio for that purpose. No one under 18 is allowed in the studio either as a guest or customer. Parental consents are not accepted. Most piercings go for $40 each and are available every day.

Venice, CA(323) 632-7145

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House of Ink

House of Ink is a tattoo and body piercing studio in Venice with over 30 years of experience. The studio handles all forms of piercing and stocks a full line of jewelry to meet all piercing needs, as well as process special orders. The studio and its artists are a regular fixture on the Orange Network reality TV series, Tattoos After Dark. The studio has also been featured on other media platforms such as MTV, VH1, Lifetime, and Los Angeles times.

Venice, CA(310) 399-0555

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Ink Ink Tattoo

Ink Ink Tattoo is a female-only tattoo shop in Venice founded in 1995. The shop’s founder has over 25 years of tattooing experience and prefers working in black and gray but also versatile in a variety of styles including color. The studio has a policy of not inking Friday the 13th tattoos and also prefers appointments. The minimum fee for getting a tattoo at the shop is $100 same as the deposit for appointments, which can rise as high as $180 for custom and cover up works.

Venice, CA(310) 314-7703

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MD tattoo studio

MD Tattoo Studio is a studio and art gallery in Northridge that has been providing tattooing services since 2008. The studio specializes in custom tattoos, realistic, traditional, new school, black and gray, portraits, bio- mechanical, lettering and about anything the customer wants to be tattooed permanently. The founder and lead tattoo artist has garnered 130 awards, as well as being featured in many industry related magazines in the first seven years of the studio. The studio is also affiliated with Stencil Stuff and Spray stuff, products that aid artists in achieving better results.

Northridge, CA(818) 700-2818

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Memoirs Tattoo

Memoirs Tattoo is studio featuring a pool of artists offering custom tattooing services in Los Angeles. All artists at the studio manage their own schedules and communicate via emails only. The studio does not accept walk-in clientele. Customers are allowed to bring in a guest, but no children or pets are allowed. The shop is listed as one of the best tattoo shops in Los Angeles by the Hollywood List.

Los Angeles, CA(323) 272-3870

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Ocean Front Tattoo

Ocean Front Tattoo is a studio and art gallery in Venice founded in 1993. The studio is open to both walk-ins and appointment booking. All appointments require a non-refundable $100 deposit, which is applied to the total price of the tattoo. The lead artist has more than five years of professional tattooing experience and specializes in lettering, color, and high-contrast black and gray, as well as a keen interest in portraits.

Venice, CA(310) 314-9934

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Rabble Rouser Tattoo

Rabble Rouser Tattoo is a family owned and operated neighborhood shop in Los Angeles with a collective of custom tattoo artists with over 60 years of combined professional tattooing experience. The studio requires an in-person consultation before appointments can be set, as well as a non-refundable deposit which will be applied to the final tattoo session fee. The price per tattoo starts from $100 and goes up from there, while tattoos that require multiple sessions are charged at an hourly rate of $150 to $250.

Los Angeles, CA(310) 730-6124

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Solid Gallery One

Solid Gallery One is an artist-owned and operated custom tattoo studio and art gallery in Los Angeles. The studio aims to bridge the gap between the contemporary art and tattoo communities. All tattooing is done by appointments, although walk-ins are not entirely ruled out. The studio’s leading artist has been featured in numerous publications, as well as Oxygen Channel’s Best Ink Season 2 and 3. The founder has also done custom tattoos for clients such as Nas, Snoop Dogg, Playboy, Darkstar Skateboards, and Busta Rhymes.

Los Angeles, CA(323) 939-3003

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Studio City Tattoo

Studio City Tattoo Parlor has been providing electric tattooing by top artists, expert body piercing, and gold body jewelry since 1992. All the parlor’s artists are Occupational Safety and Health Administration certified annually in the latest blood-borne pathogen and anti-cross contamination technique and handling standards, as well as being certified by the Los Angeles County Health Department. The parlor has won many awards such as the BEST Tattoo & Piercing Winner for 2014, 2012 and 2009, and the number one Best Tattooing and Piercing in the Cityvoter.com Hot List of 2014.

Studio City, CA(818) 769-4049

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Swag’s Tattoo Lounge

Swag’s tattoo studio in Los Angeles offers high-quality custom tattooing in a professional atmosphere and was founded in 2006. The entire studio’s artists have certification in the bloodborne pathogens exposure control training class and are registered with the Department of Public Health. The studio has over 208 five-star reviews on Yelp. One reviewer says, “I got both of my tattoos here and will continue for all of my inking needs. Not only are they friendly and welcoming, but it's a very clean and professional business.”

Los Angeles, CA(310) 391-5181

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The Martlet Tattoo Parlor

The Martlet Tattoo Parlor is a Los Angeles studio that has been providing tattooing and artistic services since 2011. The studio prides itself as the place to get “bright, bold, classic, and clean tattoos.” Walk-ins and appointments are welcomed by the studio. The studio is open every day from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. except on Monday. The studio also invites other artists regularly to keep the style offered as diverse as possible.

Los Angeles, CA(323) 962-5213

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Unbreakable Tattoo

Unbreakable Tattoo is a Studio City tattoo parlor offering custom designs with a focus on color. The studio is open every day from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A customer writes about one of the studio’s artists, “From start to finish Taku is your man for traditional Japanese! Not only he covered up a cover up, he is very polite, clean and knows what he is talking about. Waiting to start my sleeve or leg.”

Studio City, CA(818) 763-5910

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