San Diego Tattoo Artists

Featured San Diego Artists

One tattoo shop that everyone in the San Diego area seems to know about is SD Tattoo. This custom tattoo studio has twice been voted as the best tattoo shop in the city due to the fact that they have a great collection of artists with a wide range of styles and the atmosphere in the building seems to keep everyone smiling at all times. They take pride in welcoming everyone through their doors and they have enough talent in the building to be able to make just about any type of tattoo that you could come up with.

There is a pretty good chance that SD Tattoo will be a great tattoo shop for your needs, but there’s also a chance that you will find that you feel more comfortable in some other shop in the city. Even if you do initially think that SD Tattoo is the right tattoo studio for you, you will still want to make sure by researching other shops in San Diego. A good idea is to first think about how large you want the studio to and how important it is that the studio has an artist with a specific style that you like. You definitely do want to take the time to research a bunch of tattoo studios in San Diego before you commit your time, money, and skin to any of them.

San Diego is one of those cities that is known for having a huge list of top tattoo artists that are known throughout the country. Some of the best ones that you will find in the city are Leo Cadenazzi, Cecil Porter, Devx Ruiz, and Alec Bauer. Those are just some of the skillful artists in the city, and there are quite a few more. They are known for being the best because they have mastered their own personal styles and they understand the importance of making their clients feel comfortable while they are getting inked.

While it is never a bad idea to choose one of the most well-known artists in the area, you might actually find that another artist is a better fit for your needs. You’ll never know until you search around online and take a look at some artists’ portfolios. That way you can get a feel for the styles that they use and you can see how consistent they are. After you’ve narrowed it down to two or three artists you like, you should go meet them to see if you get along with them and if you like their shops.

Regardless of whether you are looking to get a small tattoo on your arm or wrist or a very large tattoo on your chest or back, you should have a pretty easy time finding a top tattoo artist in San Diego to make it for you. It’s a fantastic city to get a tattoo in because there are so many great places to choose from and even more are popping up each and every year.

Here are some of the best San Diego tattoo artists and shops according to our research. If you think we should add anyone to the list or if you see anything that should be edited, contact us by clicking here

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Isaac Aguila

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Cecil Porter

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Nhan Huynh

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Jasmine Worth

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Chase Otis

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Alex Kuo

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Fella

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Devx Ruiz

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Brian Lynch

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Val Yazon

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Jill Hollingsworth

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Yushi

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Mark Nes

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Jeff Walker

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Cari Coleman

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Rory Keating

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Melvin Arizmendi

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Jerry Walker

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Alessio Ricci

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Curtis Perrodin

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Chong Tramontana

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James Carrillo

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Miguel Rodriguez

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Tom Veling

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Matty Butler

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Jeff Gemma

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David Flores

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San Diego is a city and a port and is the San Diego county seat in southern California. The city of San Diego sites at the San Diego Bay along side the Pacific Ocean and is just north of the border of Mexico. You can find San Diego around 120 miles from Los Angeles in the southeastern direction. It is made of two unequal portions of land; the plot that is much larger in size extends east and north of the San Diego Bay while the smaller plot stretches to the southeast all the way to Mexico from the bay. San Diego is characterized by different types of landscapes and topography. These include wide valleys, canyons and mesas. After heading north, you will notice the landscape having a lot more hills (Mainly by La Jolla) and if you head toward the east you will find along the built up area of the city a beautiful mountain range. All you round you will experience a sunny, mild climate with a small bit of precipitation during the winter months. The only moisture you will see otherwise comes from the marine layer that generally burns off by mid afternoon.

The cool thing about San Diego Bay is that is a deep water harbor that was there naturally, and it happens to be one of the biggest in the world. It is nearly landlocked and covers 22 square miles. Two overlying peninsulas enclose the bay. You’ve got Silver Strand to the south and west while Point Loma covers it to the north. It is connected in the northwest to the Pacific Ocean by a slim channel that runs between the two. The San Diego Bay is one of the United States’ most extensive complexes of military bases and the focus of international shipping.

San Diego of is owner of the second spot when it comes to population in California. The city is smack in the middle of the San Diego county’s metropolitan area. It is surrounded by cities like La Mesa, El Cajon, Escondido, Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach and Coronado. Just south of San Diego you can find Tijuana, Mexico and can also find Indian reservations spread out throughout the county.

History of San Diego

Cahuilla, Diegueno, Cupeno and Luiseno peoples were some of the first people to settle in the area when in the 16th century, the Europeans showed up. Spanish explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo spotted the region in 1542 and gave the name of San Miguel. The area had been renamed by Sebastian Vizcaino for San Diego Alcala de Henares who was a Spanish monk in 1602. A military post was founded on July 16, 1769 by Gaspar de Portola. The same day the first California mission was dedicated by Father Junipero Serra. Until the 1820’s, one had to settle within the walls of the military post. After that, local residents started building outside the was and began building the area we know as Old Town. Mexico controlled the mission in 1834 and had the location redesignated to a town (pueblo). Then in 1846, the United States acquired California and then 4 years later they incorporated the town. However, two years later the charter was lost. After that, businessman Alonzo E. Horton moved the new location of San Diego 3 miles south of Old Town in 1867. The growth of the city was helped by the endless promotion of the Santa Fe Railway in 1885 and their beautiful weather.

After 1900, the growth of the city continued to trend upwards and the population grew to over 200,000 from 20,000 by the year 1940. The city’s economic go to was fishing and agriculture but was expanded to no include manufacturing because of the aircrafts being built. Then shipping was added to the list of economic priorities because of the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. Because of the economy was growing at an exponential rate, they celebrated by putting on the Panama-California Exposition in 1915 and 1916.

In addition, the military presence was growing and becoming more important and this was especially true of the United States Navy. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot which was founded in 1911, Naval Base Point Loma (previously a U.S. Army fort, Naval Base San Diego, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado were established. Not long after that to the northwest, Camp Pendleton was established near Oceanside in 1942.

More growth was spurred by World War II when San Diego’s population and land almost quadrupled in size between the years 1950 and 2000. Industry extended to aerospace technology, shipbuilding and electronics. To add to the ever growing economy, the great weather was still pulling in many people from colder climates.

San Diego: A Contemporary City

The population of San Diego is very diverse in culture. Once the main part of the population, Europeans still count for over half of the total population, but the Hispanic sentiment is growing and more than an eighth of San Diego’s population is Asian. Despite what you might have heard, there is a young vibe in San Diego and it’s not only for the retired. Almost half of the people that live there are under the age of 35 and the city also boasts one of the highest percentages of people that graduated college. In addition, there is a very large presence of Mexican workers who mostly deal in domestics and farm work from their homes in Mexico.

The economy of San Diego was long run by the military and is steadily becoming more diversified. Many defense industries like the aerospace program are vital but non defense manufacturing and tourism also have earned a big part of that economy. Biotechnology, among other hi-tech industries are growing at a fast clip too. In addition to the modern economic boosters, agriculture still plays a big role in San Diego’s economy and is one of the leading counties in the United States in terms of production. As you can see, every year the economy grows, and you are seeing new kinds of business come to San Diego.

San Diego is located in the south-western corner of California in the United States of America. Spanish for “Saint Didacus” or “Saint Diego”, the area is named for the Franciscan monk whose missionary journey to the Canary Islands helped to bring Catholicism to the native tribes that lived there. San Diego, which rests in San Diego County, is one of the most populated cities in the United States, and second only to Los Angeles in California. The city sits on the coast of the country and enjoys the scenic beauty of the Pacific Ocean, allowing for a relaxed beach-life for the citizens of the region, where the weather is warm and comfortable all year long. The city is also known for its local breweries and craft beer selection showcased in a number of “beer tours” which draws visitors every year.

There is a strong sense of art and culture in the city and plenty of galleries and museums that showcase this. The Museum of Contemporary Art’s rotating exhibits provide a glimpse of artwork made locally and worldwide. The Balboa cultural park is a 1,200-acre greenspace that includes museums, theaters, and the San Diego zoo. This area, along with its features and installments, bring a lot of tourism to San Diego, although one of the most attractive facets of the cityscape is its mild weather, so warm that it rarely snows during the winter. Taking advantage of the desirable climate, there are several nature preserves within the limits of the city that attribute to the city’s generous and beautiful greenspaces. A California Historical Landmark site, Old Town San Diego is a historic park located in San Diego that contains the original settlement that existed before the city was officially established. The Old Town maintains buildings that were built between 1820 and 1870, displaying them for visitors and tourists who are interested in the history of the city. There are also many hotels, restaurants, shops and galleries for those who wish to stay in the historic park rather than the newer parts of the city. This 230-acre area also contains the historic Presidio Park, a large greenspace that surrounds the original 1769 Spanish settlements of the area.

San Diego is also well-known for the aquatic theme-park and animal exhibit SeaWorld where families are able to observe sea animals. There are also rides and attractions, like shows with trained dolphins and other sea life. The San Diego Zoo provides the same sort of entertainment along with a Safari Park that offers tours of exotic animals. Even more, The USS Midway Museum is an attraction that focuses on the military history of the city and allows tours of an aircraft carrier, flight simulators, and other aircraft and watercraft displays. This museum is particularly unique to the city because of San Diego’s involvement in the US Navy during and after the Second World War. San Diego maintains the majority of the United State’s naval fleet, among the largest in the entire world. San Diego is located in the south-western corner of California in the United States of America. Spanish for “Saint Didacus” or “Saint Diego”, the area is named for the Franciscan monk whose missionary journey to the Canary Islands helped to bring Catholicism to the native tribes that lived there. San Diego, which rests in San Diego County, is one of the most populated cities in the United States, and second only to Los Angeles in California. The city sits on the coast of the country and enjoys the scenic beauty of the Pacific Ocean, allowing for a relaxed beach-life for the citizens of the region, where the weather is warm and comfortable all year long. The city is also known for its local breweries and craft beer selection showcased in a number of “beer tours” which draws visitors every year. There is a strong sense of art and culture in the city and plenty of galleries and museums that showcase this.

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s rotating exhibits provide a glimpse of artwork made locally and worldwide. The Balboa cultural park is a 1,200-acre greenspace that includes museums, theaters, and the San Diego zoo. This area, along with its features and installments, bring a lot of tourism to San Diego, although one of the most attractive facets of the cityscape is its mild weather, so warm that it rarely snows during the winter. Taking advantage of the desirable climate, there are several nature preserves within the limits of the city that attribute to the city’s generous and beautiful greenspaces. A California Historical Landmark site, Old Town San Diego is a historic park located in San Diego that contains the original settlement that existed before the city was officially established. The Old Town maintains buildings that were built between 1820 and 1870, displaying them for visitors and tourists who are interested in the history of the city. There are also many hotels, restaurants, shops and galleries for those who wish to stay in the historic park rather than the newer parts of the city. This 230-acre area also contains the historic Presidio Park, a large greenspace that surrounds the original 1769 Spanish settlements of the area. San Diego is also well-known for the aquatic theme-park and animal exhibit SeaWorld where families are able to observe sea animals. There are also rides and attractions, like shows with trained dolphins and other sea life.

The San Diego Zoo provides the same sort of entertainment along with a Safari Park that offers tours of exotic animals. Even more, The USS Midway Museum is an attraction that focuses on the military history of the city and allows tours of an aircraft carrier, flight simulators, and other aircraft and watercraft displays. This museum is particularly unique to the city because of San Diego’s involvement in the US Navy during and after the Second World War. San Diego maintains the majority of the United State’s naval fleet, among the largest in the entire world. San Diego, California has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Chronic Tattoo, Full Circle Tattoo, Flying Panther Tattoo, Guru Tattoo, Seth’s Chop Shop, and Avalon Tattoo, San Diego is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 1,326,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 202 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in San Diego. Google Places lists 247 different tattoo shops in the San Diego area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. Guru Tattoo currently boasts one of the largest selections of artists in the area, listing the following artists on their site: Aaron Della Vedova, Nate Banuelos, Adam Hathorn, Cooper, Rory Keating, Kevin Dickinson, Eno, Kyle Walker, Champ, Tom Haubrick, and Matt Robles. When doing research for your artist, we suggest not paying too much attention to price because quality is much more important when you’re going to be living with the artwork for the rest of your life.