Tattooing isn’t as simple as a dye job or a piercing. It’s a permanent, complex expression of your personality combined with the artists’ interpretation of your vision. Striking tattoo-parlor gold requires no small amount of research, especially because each potential tattoo client’s needs vary. Getting tattooed isn’t for the whim-driven, so do the research for yourself, but start with these tried-and-true locals.
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Since 1992, Body Electric has specialized in artistic tattoo design and consulting. Leave your attitude at the door and step into this sanctuary of self-expression where the artists blend old-school tattooing values with modern safety standards. Each tattoo artist can create custom artwork or bring your own visions to life by providing a sketch for the artist to work with.
Hours: Tues to Sun – 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tattoo artist Erika Stanley is known for her most sought-after designs in the world. Stanley opened Art & Soul Tattoos Los Angeles with a group of friends over 15 years ago and the parlor has remained a cornerstone of LA’s tattoo culture. The tat shop specializes in custom tattoos, but also has a large selection of premade designs to choose from. Despite her demanding travel schedule, customers can still make an appointment with Stanley for her unique creations.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Think Ink offers a fun and comfortable environment where you may choose from one of its many tattoo designs or have a custom tattoo created especially for you. Appointments are preferred, especially if you’d like a specific artist. A bonus of going to Think Ink is that it offers complimentary valet parking for all customers.
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Hours: Mon to Sat – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The clientele sporting a Broken Art tattoo extends all over the world. The tat parlor provides trustworthy and sanitary work ethic. Tattoo seekers from all over fly to Los Angeles and work their vacation schedules around visiting Broken Art Tattoo.
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Formally known as “Tabu Tattoo,” The Tattoo Lounge’s artistic flair and skilled artists have remained the same for the last 15 years. The tattoo shop is known for pairing clients with the best-suited artists to achieve the client’s desired results. The Tattoo Lounge’s talented designers create custom work that will not be repeated on another client. In addition, the spacious shop provides privacy booths (available with appointments only).
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.