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Here are some of the best San Jose 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
Ricardo ‘Gonzoe’ Gonzalez
Death Before Dishonor
Tattoo Profile: Death Before Dishonor tattoo studio was founded by Paco Excel. Located in the heart of Downtown San Jose, DBD hosts a variety of talented artists, each with their own unique approach to tattooing. The result is a home away from home you can visit to get inspired and get drilled by some of the Bay Area’s finest.
KT Dragon Tattoo
Unlimited Ink Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: Unlimited Ink Tattoo is a full custom shop with a wide range of styles from American Traditional to realism, black and grey to color, script to tribal and everything in between. If you have an idea we can make it come to life.
Soul Imagez Tattoo Studio
Tattoo Profile: Tattooing since 2005, Joshua opened Soul Imagez Tattoo Studio in 2011. His goal is to create unique works of art for you, the San Jose community.
San Jose Tattoo is perhaps the most well-known tattoo shop in San Jose right now. It has been around for over four decades, making it one of the oldest tattoo shops in San Jose and easily one of the most respected places in the area. It is a small shop, but don’t let that fool you. They take pride in hiring only the best tattoo artists that they can find and they also happen to offer some of the best tattoo pricing in San Jose.
While San Jose Tattoo is a great option for a lot of people, if you are looking to get a tattoo in San Jose you should do a bit of research before committing to anything. The fact is that there are plenty of excellent shops in the area, so locals are lucky to be able to pick out a shop that can give them the best version of their tattoo that they can. Most of the shops have websites that you can take a look at to get a feel for them, but the best idea is to physically head over to some of the shops to get a good look at the environments and the types of artists they employ. Of course, you’ll also want to have a look at the types of tattoos the shops are known for to see if you can find a good match for the type of design that you plan on getting.
San Jose happens to be one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the United States with plenty of nature-loving residents, so artists in the area have gotten used to making some unique tattoo designs over the years. The recycling symbol is still a very popular tattoo to show that you are eco-conscious, but these days you actually have dozens of great green symbols to choose from if you are the type of person who takes great pride in being and environmentally friendly San Jose resident.
The biggest college in the city, San Jose State University, has an extremely cool logo, so it’s no surprise that students and former students proudly wear it on their skin. The Spartans symbol can be designed in the classic style, but many people instead choose to tweak the soldier’s head a bit to make it their own. In most cases yellow and blue ink is used since those are the school’s colors, but again, there’s nothing to stop people from being as creative as they want to be with it.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of people will show their love for the city by getting tattoos of their favorite local sports teams. The San Jose Sharks are easily the most popular pro sports franchise in the city, and they have a very cool logo to boot. Fans of the hockey team who also happen to love sharks will often make the team’s logo their primary tattoos simply because the logo does have such a unique look to it. There are plenty of talented artists in San Jose so, look through this list and decide for yourself.
On November 29, 1777, the Town of Saint Joseph of Guadalupe was started by a man named Jose Joaquin Moraga. It was the first pueblo town that had no association with a military post or mission in upper California. For a side note, the closest mission to The Town of Saint Joseph was Mission Santa Clara and it was founded in 1777. It was just three miles from the primary pueblo site. It wasn’t until 1797 that when Mission San Jose was founded. The location was about 20 miles north of city which is what would be known as Fremont these days.
Anza led the founding colonists to California where he they founded the town. It was a farming community that would proved food for people of Monterey and San Francisco. The population as of 1778 was 68. The pueblo was then moved in 1797, from its primary location to the what would now be known as Downtown San Jose at the intersection of Taylor Street and Guadalupe Parkway.
Captain Thomas Fallon captured the pueblo with a small force from Santa Cruz during the Bear Flag Revolt and he did so on July 11, 1846 without shedding any blood. John D. Sloat gave Fallon an American flag and on July 14, he raised it over the pueblo as the Republic of California agreed to join the U.S. after the beginning of the Mexican-American War. He would later be voted in as the tenth mayor of San Jose.
The New Almaden Quicksilver Mines that are just south of the city were the biggest mercury mines in North America during the period of the California Gold rush. Andres Castillero, a Mexican cavalry captain discovered cinnabar deposits in 1845 after he noticed a red powder that used by the Ohlone Indians to beautify the chapel in Mission Santa Clara. The first operating mine in the province began in 1847 and it was just in time for the Gold Rush. The mercury industry was crucial at the time and it is the main reason why the name, Mercury News, was given to the local paper.
San Jose was the first city in the state of California to become incorporated and this was on March 27, 1850. The first mayor of San Jose was Josiah Belden. The Legislature of a Thousand Drinks, the first and second sessions of the California Legislature) set up San Jose as the state’s first capital. The local legislature was not happy with the location of the town because there were no towers or buildings that happened to be suitable for the state government. They ended up taking the State Senator’s, Mariano Guadalupe Vallegjo, offer to take the land that he donated and build a new capital on it.
The city council authorized the construction of the San Jose Electric Light Tower in 1881 because of a successful campaign run by J.J. Owen who was the editor of the San Jose Mercury. This was put in place to replace the streetlights that used gas to light up the downtown area since 1861. However, this method of illumination didn’t provide enough light and they were only used for ceremonial purposes by 1884. During the great gale of 1915, it all collapsed. Then in 1889, there was an informal trial on whether the Eiffel Tower was infringing on copyrights of the Electric Light Tower, but it was ruled they didn’t.
Another important event in the history of San Jose came in 1884 when the widow of William Winchester and the woman that would inherit the empire that made Winchester rifles, Sarah L. Winchester, moved to San Jose from Connecticut, she began on a project that would last almost the entirety of her life. This construction project was for her home and it would be under construction for over 38 years. The Winchester Mystery House had reached a height of seven stories before the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 struck. Today it has around 160 rooms and stands three stories. Visitors of the home say they can feel a presence in the house while others say they feel nothing.
One of the more scary events in San Jose’s history happened in 1933 with the murder and kidnapping of Brook Hart and mob violence broke out because of this. Around a sixth of San Jose’s population (around 10,000 people) rushed the jail, took the two men that confessed to the killing and hung them. This case put San Jose in the national spotlight for the lynching, kidnapping and the praise for Governor James Rolph who directed to all those that were involved. This is also a notable incident because it was the last lynching in the history of California. There were even pictures used as Nazi propaganda to demonstrate that the Jewish population was supported by Americans (Brooke Hart was Jewish).
During the second World War, there was a great deal of racial tension in San Jose in those neighborhoods where many Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans and African Americans lived. During the course of the war, much of the Japanese population were taken from their homes and interned in war detention camps. The Anti-Mexican sentiment was largely the result of the zoot suit riots that took place in the summer of 1943 in Los Angeles. After droves of black from the southern states came to San Jose to work in the wartime industry of manufacturing, the locals became divided but eventually came to accept the thousands of new black residents.
Until the 1980’s, San Jose was known as a conservative Republican city. The population growth was the reason for the change in alignment with the political shift from the agricultural conservatives to a more liberal outlook that mirrored cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. The city now has a Democratic majority.
The rest of the modern touches can be explored when you go visit this hub of technology. Don’t forget to stop by San Jose on way through or even make it a destination. You won’t be disappointed.
San Jose, California has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Analog Tattoo, Humble Beginnings Tattoo Studio, Guru Tattoo, Soul Imagez Tattoo Studio, State Of Grace, Death Before Dishonor, San Jose Tattoo, KT Dragon Tattoo, Lucky Stars Tattoo, Marks of Art Tattoo, New Generation Tattoo, Inkies Tattoo Studio, San Jose is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 967,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 105 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in San Jose. Google Places lists 472 different tattoo shops in the San Jose area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. State of Grace currently boasts one of the largest selection of artists in the area, listing the following artists on their site: Horitomo, Colin Horisou Baker, Dan Wysuph, Drew Flores, Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura, Blake Brand, Horifuji, Mike Suarez, Sef Samatua. 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.