This old-school shop on Sunset is a staple in L.A.’s tattoo community. Run by Brit and tattoo veteran Craig Jackman (seriously, the guy’s been doing this for more than 40 years), American Electric is the Silver Lake go-to for high-quality ink and an often kooky but always laidback atmosphere. Don’t be intimidated by the staff’s experience though—whether you’re looking to get a giant backpiece of a fantasy battle scene, a traditional piece featuring a buxom lady (ask for artist Julie Bolene) or a dainty treble clef behind your ear, the artists at American Electric are thrilled to help you get the tattoo you really want.
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.