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L.A. streets are dotted with tattoo shops—just drive down to Hollywood Boulevard or Melrose and you probably wouldn’t know where to start if you were looking to get inked. Which presents a problem if you’re in the market for body art that lasts forever: Where do you begin? We recommend finding the city’s top tattoo artists and going from there—which is exactly what we did to bring you this list of the best tattoo shops in the city. Whether you’re looking for neo-traditional Japanese designs or a classic black-and-grey portrait, these shops are the real deal, and are staffed with true artists. Trust us, you’re going to want to be one of their clients.