We Recommend the Best Tattoo Parlors in Los Angeles

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You spent the night drinking like a sailor. Now, having waked to discover a heinous tattoo stamped right on your tramp turf, you’re swearing like one.

Avoid a case of ye ol’ buyer’s remorse with these DailyCandy-approved tattoo parlors. They’ll get you in ship shape.

Shamrock Social Club
Expect to find everyone from burly bikers to sloshed celebs getting inked by legendary artists such as owner Mark Mahoney and Freddy Negrete at this Sunset Boulevard institution (conveniently located across from The Roxy). Realistic black and gray portraits are a strong suit, so if you’ve been contemplating a perma ode to a loved one, this is the place. 9026 West Sunset Boulevard, at North Wetherly Drive, West Hollywood (310-271-9664).

Spotlight Tattoo
Offerings range from custom Hello Kitty art to outlaw motorcycle imagery at this family-owned parlor run by grizzled pater familias (and one-time Frank Zappa bandmate) Bob Roberts. A stickler for detail, Roberts uses watercolors to create his catalog of intricate designs. 5859 Melrose Avenue, between Lillian Way and North Cahuenga Boulevard, Larchmont (323-871-1084).

Unbreakable Tattoo
The impeccably clean Studio City parlor has the Zen-like feel of a day spa with five private and relaxing tattoo rooms. Owner Sung “Keyn” Song specializes in stunning, highly detailed Asian designs (Buddhas, koi, water, geishas), all done in a vivid palette. 11356 Ventura Boulevard, between Tujunga Avenue and Tropical Drive, Studio City (818-763-5910).

Onizuka Tattoo
From colored sleeves to full-body samurai suits, Onizuka excels at traditional Japanese motifs. Resident guest artist Horitaka, of the Horitoshi family, practices the machine-free tebori method. Bonus: The Little Tokyo location means you can hit up neighborhood ramen-yas post-tat. 120 Astronaut Onizuka Street, between San Pedro and East First Streets, Little Tokyo (213-626-0374).

Photo: Janelle Jones

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Unbreakable Tattoo
11356 Ventura Blvd
bt Tujunga Ave & Tropical Dr
Los Angeles, CA 91604
Onizuka Tattoo
120 Astronaut E S Onizuka St
bt San Pedro & E 1st Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Shamrock Social Club
9026 W Sunset Blvd
@ N Wetherly Dr
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Spotlight Tattoo
5859 Melrose Ave
bt Lillian Way & N Caheunga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038