Tattoos & Piercing

all star tattoo & piercing

All Star Tattoo & Piercing

You’re practically sitting on the beach when you’re getting inked at this boardwalk fixture. One of several popular Venice Beach tattoo parlors owned (at least in part) by Sean Heirigs, All Star offers both ink and piecing. And a beachside view.

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tattoo asylum

Andy Nevill’s Tattoo Asylum

Let’s face it, there’s always someone (your mom) who’s going to call you crazy for getting a tattoo. Why not agree? Tell ’em you actually got your ink in the Asylum. That oughta shut ’em up. Tattoo Asylum is a longtime Venice fixture and popular spot for crazy tattoos…like the name implies.

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Buzzbomb Tattoo

Buzzbomb Tattoo

Marissa’s fine tattoo artistry is much in demand along the boardwalk. Buzzbomb, itself, isn’t much to look at, but Marissa’s ink art is. If you’ve come to the beach for a tattoo, make sure to consider Marissa.

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house of ink

House of Ink

Make that houses of ink. House of Ink owner Sean Heirigs is perhaps the boardwalk’s leading tattoo impresario: He not only owns two House of Inks within spitting distance of one another, he also owner or co-owner of nearby Tattoo Asylum, All Star Tattoo & Piercing and Lincoln Blvd’s Ink Monkey.

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Ink Ink Tattoo

Ink Ink Tattoo

Ink Ink’s Karina and Stephanie are both exquisite tattoo artists. I know this because of the persnickety friends I have who patronize them…and because I can see with my own eyes. A longtime Dogtown ink establishment located near the corner of Lincoln and Brooks, it’s one of Venice’s best tattoo parlors.

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old glory

Old Glory

Say you need a tattoo and a haircut. That’s why they invented Old Glory. It’s two parlours in one. Talk about 30-minute make-over. Seriously, you want a traditional American tattoo in the spirit of legends Sailor Jerry and Ed Hardy, Old Glory Tattoo’s owner, Kevin Hinton, is the man to see. Kevin specializes in nautical tattoos, which he’s got quite a few of, himself. He’s also practiced at Irezumi, or Japanese-style tattoo art.

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Re-Ink-R-Nation

Re-Ink-R-Nation

Attention ladies: Re-Ink-R-Nation specializes in women’s tattoos and piercing — from Japanese kanji brush style tattoos to fixing ugly tattoos from your past (hence the shop’s name) to permanent make-up tattoos that look completely natural. At least according to Mamasan, the artist and piercer. Actually, male tattoo artists along the boardwalk regularly send Mamasan clients who need her special skills with female body art.

Mamasan speaks JAPANESE.

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s & s tattoo and body piercing

S & S Tattoo and Body Piercing

Right next to the Venice Boardwalk Freak Show, which could be either cautionary or inspirational, depending on your frame of mind. S & S boasts a commanding view of both the famed Venice boardwalk and the beach.

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S.T. Tattoo

S.T. Tattoo Studio

Suicidal Tendencies’ “Cyco Miko” Muir and artist Jason Brown’s Venice Blvd tattoo and piercing parlor is known for SoCal black & grey style tattoos. Mike and brother Jim Muir (who skated with the Z-Boys skateboarding team and whose Dogtown Skateboards are legendary) are Venice natives. Whether it’s ink or piercing you’re looking for, S.T. Tattoos Studios is the place to come for authentic, local style work.

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sideshow tattoo

Sideshow Tattoo

Fine tattoo artists on the boardwalk…though wouldn’t “Lowerbackshow” be a more apt name for a modern tattoo parlour? Opening onto the beach between Brooks and Park, Sideshow offers an unobstructed view of the Venice Boardwalk madness, which might make for a nice distraction while you’re under the needle.

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