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Mapped! 12 LA Tattoo Parlors for Scoring Spectacular Ink

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If treating yourself to a facial, a manicure, and a pro makeup class was just not a special enough way to greet the fall season, then maybe some new ink will do the trick. While top-notch tattoo parlors in LA are plentiful, finding the right one is no easy feat. To help those itching for a permanent form of expression this season, we've updated our list of favorite LA spots. From dainty, incredibly detailed work to whimsical, colorful masterpieces, these body art masters can create just about any imaginative tat you can dream up.


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Alchemy Tattoo

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If you're going for bold, try one of the many intricate creations at Silver Lake's Alchemy Works. Artist Rus Laich is an ace when it comes to floral pieces and Jason Profant is known for his imaginative animals. This reasonably-priced studio has a $50 minimum. [Photo: Alchemy]

American Electric Tattoo

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Wanna be like Cara Delevingne? Score your next feline finger tattoo at American Electric. The parlor hosts a handful of fan-favorite artists, including geometric genius Julie Bolene and portrait master Craig Jackman, who is also the popular shop's founder. [Photo: Instagram]

Body Electric Tattoo

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If crazy-vibrant technicolor art is what you're looking for, ask for artist Taka Tamada at this Melrose favorite. Body Electric's specialities include realism, Japanese, tribal, anime and traditional Americana. [Photo: Body Electric]

Broken Art Tattoo

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If you want to transform an embarrassing tatt into a stunning cover-up, head here. Founder Jeremy Swan corrected a handful of regretful etches on TLC's America's Worst Tattoos, and he'll do the same for you. [Photo: Instagram]

Ink Ink Tattoo

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Get inked at this cozy female-owned shop with an old school vibe. The talented ladies behind this shop can do it all, from detailed portraits to colorful masterpieces. [Photo: Ink Ink Tattoo}

Shamrock Social Club

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This legendary shop is not only home to world-renowned artist Mark Mahoney (clients include Lady Gaga, David Beckham and Rihanna), but it's also the place to find one of LA's most sought-after artists, Dr. Woo. One look at his inspiring Instagram page will show you just why Woo's unmatchable precision is beloved by Erin Wasson, Langley Fox and Ellie Goulding. [Photo: Instagram]

Studio City Tattoo

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A hot spot for Valley folks, Studio City Tattoo is great options for all your large-scale body art needs. The Ventura Boulevard haunt offers ten in-demand artists, including Mike Erwin who's known for delicate feathers, wild sci-fi images and freehand-style sketches. [Photo: Studio City Tattoo]

Sunset Strip Tattoo

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Stars like Angelina Jolies, Mark Wahlberg, Pamela Anderson and Ben Affleck flock to this Sunset shop to sit with artist Paul Timman. His detailed work ranges from colorful feminine art to black and white tribal pieces. [Photo: Sunset Strip Tattoo]

The Honorable Society

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Walking into WeHo's The Honorable Society Tattoo Parlor and Lounge is like stepping into a time machine. A frequent draw is Italian artist Marco Cerretelli, who cut his teeth working for the iconic Maurizio Fiorini aka "Il Maestro" aka the oldest-living Italian tattoo artist. [Photo: THS]

Unbreakable Tattoo

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For an an elaborate colorful piece, head to this Studio City spot. Among the shop's talented artists is Jim Sylvia who specializes in neo-traditional ink. [Photo: Instagram]

Velvet Grip

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In addition to offering stress-free and sanitary piercings,Velvet Grip is also a great place to score a one-of-a-kind tattoo. Owner Todd Sorensen (aka "The Todd") is a wiz at highly-detailed pieces, including text tattoos and fine lines. [Photo: Velvet Grip Family]

Zulu Tattoo

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Known as "The Godfather of Spiritual Tattooing," Roni Zulu's clients include pop stars like Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera. In addition to his inspiring work, Zulu's other artists are equally talented, offering high-quality replicas of photographs and creative graphics with bursts of color. [Photo: Zulu Tattoo]

Alchemy Tattoo

If you're going for bold, try one of the many intricate creations at Silver Lake's Alchemy Works. Artist Rus Laich is an ace when it comes to floral pieces and Jason Profant is known for his imaginative animals. This reasonably-priced studio has a $50 minimum. [Photo: Alchemy]

American Electric Tattoo

Wanna be like Cara Delevingne? Score your next feline finger tattoo at American Electric. The parlor hosts a handful of fan-favorite artists, including geometric genius Julie Bolene and portrait master Craig Jackman, who is also the popular shop's founder. [Photo: Instagram]

Body Electric Tattoo

If crazy-vibrant technicolor art is what you're looking for, ask for artist Taka Tamada at this Melrose favorite. Body Electric's specialities include realism, Japanese, tribal, anime and traditional Americana. [Photo: Body Electric]

Broken Art Tattoo

If you want to transform an embarrassing tatt into a stunning cover-up, head here. Founder Jeremy Swan corrected a handful of regretful etches on TLC's America's Worst Tattoos, and he'll do the same for you. [Photo: Instagram]

Ink Ink Tattoo

Get inked at this cozy female-owned shop with an old school vibe. The talented ladies behind this shop can do it all, from detailed portraits to colorful masterpieces. [Photo: Ink Ink Tattoo}

Shamrock Social Club

This legendary shop is not only home to world-renowned artist Mark Mahoney (clients include Lady Gaga, David Beckham and Rihanna), but it's also the place to find one of LA's most sought-after artists, Dr. Woo. One look at his inspiring Instagram page will show you just why Woo's unmatchable precision is beloved by Erin Wasson, Langley Fox and Ellie Goulding. [Photo: Instagram]

Studio City Tattoo

A hot spot for Valley folks, Studio City Tattoo is great options for all your large-scale body art needs. The Ventura Boulevard haunt offers ten in-demand artists, including Mike Erwin who's known for delicate feathers, wild sci-fi images and freehand-style sketches. [Photo: Studio City Tattoo]

Sunset Strip Tattoo

Stars like Angelina Jolies, Mark Wahlberg, Pamela Anderson and Ben Affleck flock to this Sunset shop to sit with artist Paul Timman. His detailed work ranges from colorful feminine art to black and white tribal pieces. [Photo: Sunset Strip Tattoo]

The Honorable Society

Walking into WeHo's The Honorable Society Tattoo Parlor and Lounge is like stepping into a time machine. A frequent draw is Italian artist Marco Cerretelli, who cut his teeth working for the iconic Maurizio Fiorini aka "Il Maestro" aka the oldest-living Italian tattoo artist. [Photo: THS]

Unbreakable Tattoo

For an an elaborate colorful piece, head to this Studio City spot. Among the shop's talented artists is Jim Sylvia who specializes in neo-traditional ink. [Photo: Instagram]

Velvet Grip

In addition to offering stress-free and sanitary piercings,Velvet Grip is also a great place to score a one-of-a-kind tattoo. Owner Todd Sorensen (aka "The Todd") is a wiz at highly-detailed pieces, including text tattoos and fine lines. [Photo: Velvet Grip Family]

Zulu Tattoo

Known as "The Godfather of Spiritual Tattooing," Roni Zulu's clients include pop stars like Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Christina Aguilera. In addition to his inspiring work, Zulu's other artists are equally talented, offering high-quality replicas of photographs and creative graphics with bursts of color. [Photo: Zulu Tattoo]