Best Tattoos Inked In The Melrose Arts District

Best Tattoos Inked In The Melrose Arts District

It’s hard to keep up with the incredible tattoo work being done by the artists needling on Melrose Avenue, so we regularly use this space to highlight some of gorgeous new pieces. From delicate black stenciling to intricate fantasy scenes, the history of body art is revered by some, while boundaries are being completely disregarded by others – just how we like it! So, if you’re looking for traditional tattooing or have a wild idea in mind, no doubt an artist on Melrose can realize your unique vision. Enjoy doing your research and don’t forget to share your piece on IG and tag @melroseartsdistrict.

BAMBOO TATTOO

There’s definitely a mood at Bamboo Tattoo. These recent big cat portraits have captured the incredible movement and power of the mighty felines. And the incredible merging of blue-eyed beauty is most definitely a show piece.
BAMBOO TATTOO
7664 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.348.9312
IG: @bambootattoola

BLACK ANCHOR LA

Black Anchor LA has a solid roster of artists. Here we’re highlighting Ricardo R17, whose pop culture and art portraits are stunning. From his weighty depiction of the god Poseidon to the vintage Monster couple and Patrick Bateman headshot, Ricardo gets all eras of iconography.

BLACK ANCHOR LA
7460 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
https://www.blackanchorworldwide.com/hollywoodshop
IG: @r17tattoos

BODY ELECTRIC

We love a do-it-all, so highlighting Daniel Sartor (Dark) of Body Electric gives us a lot of amazing work from which to choose. We’ve got sweet watercolor, we’ve got vibrant graphic fantasy, we’ve got black and gray. Imagine what Dark can do with your vision!

BODY ELECTRIC
7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.954.0408
IG: @daniel.c.sartor

GENERATION 8 TATTOO

Uriel comes down from Ventura to make his mark from the Generation 8 shop. And holy wow, look at these marks! The precision and detail are jaw-dropping. These will make you cut the sleeves off all of your clothes.

GENERATION 8 TATTOO
7216 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
310.621.9582
https://www.generation8tattoo.com/
IG: @urielleon

GOLDEN DAGGERS

Inking out of Golden Daggers, Anais Chabane specializes in ornamental and mandala tattoos. These require not only exceptional design and execution skills, but a real reverence for the emotional significance of these pieces for the client. Very special work.

GOLDEN DAGGERS
7704 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.944.0034
https://www.goldendaggers.com/
IG: @anais_chabane

HIGH SEAS TATTOO

Daniel Ward, working out of the High Seas Tattoo shop, is another great generalist who can make black and grey look as potent as full color. He does elevate traditional pieces, but we’re particularly fond of these little pop cuties.

HIGH SEAS TATTOO
7522 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.798.4455
IG: @danielfward

IRON & INK TATTOO

We’re obsessed with Maria Garza’s work. A resident at Melrose’s newest shop, Iron & Ink Tattoo, she’s so good at so much we couldn’t pick just one style. Whether it’s moody, playful, or dramatic, she captures the spirit you want to carry around with you for life.

IRON & INK TATTOO
7365 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.919.7319
https://ironinktattoo.com/
IG: @brightbones

MELROSE TATTOO

We’ve said it before and here we are saying it again: Dean Berton has a completely unmatched style that is visceral and grungy and beautiful and you’ll never stop looking at yourself if you get a piece of body art from him.

MELROSE TATTOO
7661 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
213.369.1117
IG: @deanberton

THROUGH YOUR SKIN

Love love LOVE fine line tattooing. It can be delicate or intricate, it can be playful or weighty, it can be images or words (or both) but it’s always best done by someone with a patient and steady hand and intense focus, like Zara Solava at Through Your Skin.

THROUGH YOUR SKIN
7353 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.655.7107
https://www.throughyourskin.com/
IG: @opal_tattoo

Deborah Brosseau

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.