Best Tattoos Inked On Melrose This Month

Best Tattoos Inked On Melrose This Month

Let us make shopping around for your next (or first) tattoo really easy. First, some of the best artists on the planet are stationed right here on Melrose Avenue. Second, the shops are all clean, comfortable, and safe; you really then just have to meet your artistic match. So finally, we’ve found some of the latest and greatest from ALL the shops, and linked to their ‘grams so you can scroll through the amazing portfolios.

BAMBOO TATTOO

Every line of a tattoo should be a thoughtful choice, but a good sleeve requires a lot of foresight and planning to make the best use of space. This is typical of the work done by Timbo at Bamboo Tattoo: sharp detail, impeccable cohesiveness, and evocative imagery.

BAMBOO TATTOO
7664 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
instagram.com/bambootattoo

BLACK ANCHOR

This is on skin! I repeat, on skin. Drawn with a needle! This is the type of amazing portraiture done by Hilmar at Black Anchor Tattoo. The nuance in her face – the shadows, lines, skin tone – and the movement of her hair is the type of realism only an experienced pro can pull off.

BLACK ANCHOR
7460 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.424.7762
instagram.com/blackanchorworldwide
instagram.com/hilmartattoos

BODY ELECTRIC

Everything Martin Kelly creates is magical. His sketch tattoo work is unmatched in its composition, precision, and imagination. There’s zero need for color when you’ve got a black line image as perfect as this.

BODY ELECTRIC
7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.954.0408
instagram.com/bodyelectrictattoo
instagram.com/martinkellytattoo

FIFTH SUN TATTOO

Lettering can make you sweat with the many ways it can work. Here, it goes all the way right. Steff Rojas at Fifth Sun Tattoo eyed this one exactly, giving the magical palindrome clarity and depth that will last.

FIFTH SUN TATTOO
646 No. Fuller Street, Los Angeles 90036
323.933.7878
instagram.com/fifthsuntattoostudio
instagram.com/tattoosbysteff

GENERATION 8

For most people, choosing a tribute tat is really emotional, and the pressure for accurate representation of the source material is heavy. Check out Chawat at Generation 8, who makes people, pets, and places look forever for-real.

GENERATION 8
7216 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
310.621.9582
instagram.com/generation8tattoo
instagram.com/chawat

GOLDEN DAGGERS

Can’t get enough of the work Isabela Verri does at Golden Daggers. Talk about having a POV! Her art is whimsical, fancy-fueled, female-forward and would look as good on your wall as on your body. It definitely inspires “where’d you get that done?”

GOLDEN DAGGERS
7704 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.944.0034
instagram.com/goldendaggers
instagram.com/isaverri

HIGH SEAS TATTOO PARLOR

There’s a delicacy that can be considered in design and execution of a tattoo that can add dimension, pull the eye, or use all-over subtlety to make an impact. Joey Hill at High Seas is masterful in fine line pieces that do all of that beautifully.

HIGH SEAS TATTOO PARLOR
7522 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.798.4455
instagram.com/highseastattooparlor
instagram.com/joeyhilll

MELROSE TATTOO

Loving this surrealism. You know a Dean Berton tattoo when you see one. Could be the element of controlled splatter, could be the edgy, unexpected take on its subject, could be the feeling of wonder you get by looking at it.

MELROSE TATTOO
7661 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
213.369.1117 (text)
instagram.com/deanberton

RADIANT INK LAB

Combining styles takes a lot of confidence, and Anastasi at Radiant Ink has plenty of it. She also has the skills to make it work. This is a great example of how strong black and grey, combined with a delicate watercolor and spot-on geometry can make for a stunning piece.

RADIANT INK LAB
7365 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.963.0402
instagram.com/radiantinklab
instagram.com/anastation.tattoo

THROUGH YOUR SKIN

You really don’t want a splotchy uneven mess of a solid black tattoo. Zara Solava knows how to get to that smooth rich black, and even add some depth with shading. It ain’t easy, and it ain’t painless, but the payoff is worth it.

THROUGH YOUR SKIN
7353 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 900446
323.655.7107
instagram.com/throughyourskin
instagram.com/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.