Los Angeles has no shortage of talent when it comes to tattoo shops. The city owns a storied past filled with influences, cultures, and personalities that have produced some of the most notable tattooing in the United States, specifically with regard to contemporary tattooing. Tattooing has long been an essential part of Los Angeles’ culture, the recent eruption in the popularity of tattooing has only helped to boost the reach of it’s popular studios.
It was difficult to find a succinct list of the best tattoo shops in Los Angeles, other than user generated groups and a few forums, so we decided to create our own.
Like our other lists, we do understand that the word “best” is quite subjective. And that our inclusions and exclusions may be somewhat polarizing. Our goal with these articles is to reflect a grouping of 10 artists in a given area that we are quite fond of – rather than that of all out gospel. We encourage you to send us submissions for any tattoo shops we may have missed, we would be happy to grow this list.
While we do consider this list a grouping of our “best tattoo shops in Los Angeles” we also want to acknowledge a huge grouping of talented tattoo shops before we begin: Body Electric Tattoo & Piercing, True Tattoo, Dark Horse Tattoo, RickRocks Tattoo Shop, Evermore Tattoo Co., Tattoo Love, Solid Gallery One, and many more.
Here is a look at our choice for best tattoo shops in Los Angeles:
Quick Fact: Studio City is a well-known staple of top 10 tattooing in LA.
Quick Fact: Experience is an understatement. The shop’s owner Craig Jackman has been tattooing for over 40 years.
Quick Fact: Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Social Club is one of the most unique tattoo destinations on earth. The studio, dubbed as a “tattoo studio where the elite and the underground meet” is just that, a location in which superstars and ordinary tattoo artists congregate to talk everything ink.
Quick Fact: Zulu is one of the most sought after names in all of Los Angeles tattooing.
Quick Fact: Tucked away in an “easy to miss” underground shop, Broken Art is not a shop you want to leave off your radar. See the awesome work of Jeremy Swan.
Quick Fact: One of the more versatile shops in LA and special appearances from Chris Saint.
Quick Fact: A no nonsense home for the best of traditional tattooing.
Quick Fact: High Voltage Tattoo is the highly popularized brain child of Kat Von D. Boasting over 1M combined social followers, HVT, is arguably the most well known tattoo shop in all of North America. Located 1259 N La Brea Ave, in Hollywood, walk-ins are still welcome.
Quick Fact: Making the people of LA beautiful for over 20 years.
Quick Fact: The best place in town for Asian inspired tattooing.
Quick Fact: Probably the nicest tattoo shop of all time.