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Inked and Loathing | A Guide to the 5 Best Tattoo Shops in LA
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Inked and Loathing | A Guide to the 5 Best Tattoo Shops in LA

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Updated: 27 April 2017
LA’s artistically dynamic atmosphere is cultivating and reshaping the contours of the possible within this ancient form. As a result, the tattoo industry in LA has not only benefited in financial terms but has also enjoyed an explosion of innovative talent and technology. However, finding a shop that suits your individual tastes can can be overwhelming, especially in a city where there are hundreds of establishments to choose from. We recommend 5 of the best tattoo shops to help you get started!
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Nathan’s Tattoos and Piercings

Located in historic Topanga Canyon, Nathan’s Tattoos and Piercings has been a San Fernando staple for the last 15 years. Hosting an array of versatile artists, this shop offers a clean and customer-friendly atmosphere that puts patrons at ease and has them coming back for years. Furthermore, for those looking to get something a little less permanent, Nathan’s offers some of the best quality jewelry in the industry at the most competitive prices. Make an appointment or come right in for a free consultation.

7222 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA, USA +1 818 340 5969

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The Shamrock Social Club

The Shamrock Social Club located on the famous Sunset Strip and is legendary in the eyes of those within the Tattoo world. Renowned tattoo artist and owner of The Shamrock, Mark Mahoney has kept the tradition of tattoo mastery alive and well while also integrating some of the latest advances in the field. Catering to some of LA’s biggest stars and well-known personalities, Mahoney has a pretty busy schedule. Be sure to make an appointment if you want to become Mahoney’s canvas.

9026 W. Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA, USA +1 310 271 9664

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The Dolorosa Tattoo Company

Though The Dolorosa Tattoo Company has only been open for a relatively short period, it has already garnered a reputation for being one of the most dynamic and inspired shops in all of Los Angeles for custom tattoos. Whether you are a true enthusiast of the art of tattoo or looking to get your feet wet with your first, Dolorosa will be sure to accommodate your desired ink. As Dolorosa takes a lot of pride in their work, appointments for consultations and sessions are preferred.

11930 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA, USA +1 818 287 8842

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Unbreakable Tattoo

Japanese tattoo design is one of the world’s most vibrant and comprehensive approaches to tattooing, and not many people do it better than the artists at Unbreakable. This shop is host to some of the most talented and well respected tattoo artists in Los Angeles today, pulling off some of the most dynamic pieces in every style the industry has to offer. Located on Ventura, artistic patrons will be completely satisfied no matter what your preferred aesthetic happens to be.

11356 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA, USA +1 818 763 5910

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Kat Von D’s High Voltage

Never mind the glitz and glamour, there’s a reason why Kat Von D is one of the most dominating figures in the the tattoo world today: she’s damn good. For those looking to get portraits, black and white, traditional, Japanese or a myriad of other styles inked on their skin, High Voltage will be sure to do the job with amazing results. Hollywood isn’t cheap though, so bring your wallet and a clear idea of what you want before you come in.

1259 N. La Brea Ave. West Hollywood, CA, USA +1 323 969 9820