Most Popular Tattoo Styles
American Traditional, Biomechanical, Celtic, Cover Up, Japanese, New School, Photo Realism, Polynesian, Portrait, Watercolor, Script, Floral, Geometric, Black & Grey, 3D, Black & White, Tribal, Animal, Mandala, White Ink, Sacred Geometry, Trash Polka, Vegan
Here are some of the best Long Beach 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
Tattoo Profile: I am a tattoo artist and illustrator from Chicago, IL. I have been tattooing professionally since 2010 and I specialize in custom work. I enjoy tattooing nature, space and sea life inspired imagery with an illustrative style. I am currently located in Long Beach, California.
Authentic Roots Tattoo
Address: 242 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: (562) 513-3006
Tattoo Profile: We are a small company that specializes in illustrating your imagination. We are committed to satisfying your every need with easy to schedule consultations All of our art work, like our tattoos are part of pre-planned process which makes it easier to commit to your tattoo or painting.
Outer Limits Tattoo
Address: 22 S Chestnut Pl, Long Beach, CA 90802
Tattoo Profile: The shop in Long Beach is the oldest continously operated tattoo shop in America and the second oldest in the world. The inside of this gorgeous shop is a feast for those who appreciate history and vintage details. It is a world class tattoo shop, historical site, & tattoo museum collection.
Ace Of Hearts Tattoo
Address: 743 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: (562) 685-1320
Tattoo Profile: Ace of Hearts Tattoo is a full service, professional tattoo shop now located on Pine Ave. in Long Beach, CA.
Still Life Tattoo
Address: 1500 PCH, Unit F, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Tattoo Profile: Appointment and walk-in tattoo shop in Seal Beach, California. This is Seal Beach’s first ever tattoo shop. Owned and operated by Tim Shelton.
Dream Jungle Tattoo
Address:1011 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, California 90813
Tattoo Profile: Aleks Figueroa is the founder and owner of Dream Jungle Tattoo x Yoga. He is considered one of the pioneers in the contemporary Filipino tattoo movement. His artistry, convictions, and down-to-earth persona have allowed him to travel and tattoo in South Africa, Dubai, the Philippines, Australia, Hawaii, and across North America.
Port City Tattoo
Address: 4290 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804
Phone: (562) 494-6800
Tattoo Profile: Port City Tattoo originally started as a Long Beach Tattoo Shop back in April of 2012. This area in Southern California has been viewed as one of the best places in the World to get high quality Long Beach Tattoos. In the spirit of expanding our unique Port City Tattoo brand, and spreading top-notch artistry through tattooing,
Signal Hill Tattoo
Address: 2105 E 27th St, Signal Hill, CA 90755
Phone: (562) 595-9700
Tattoo Profile: From cover-ups to one of a kind creations. Our artists are extremely talented, equiped, and ready to help you achieve your desired tattoo.
Address: 1335 E Carson St, Carson, CA 90745
Tattoo Profile: Madball Tattoos prides itself in quality Tattoo art and has been in business since 2012 in the city of Carson Ca. Madball Tattoos is fast growing We have gained positive recognition in the tattoo community and have been featured in Publications for there quality tattoos and ability to handle a wide variety of work.
Paper Crane Studio
Address: 530 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Tattoo Profile: Paper Crane Studio is a state of the art Long Beach tattoo shop and sanctuary for artistic expression. It is a tattoo shop where the history and spirit of tattooing is held sacred, yet the style is modern and unique. We have a very talented and customer service oriented staff capable of creating multiple styles of tattoo art.
History of Long Beach
For over 10,000 years, indigenous people have lived in Southern California on the coast as well as many other cultures that have lived in the area that we know as Long Beach, California. Spanish explorers had arrived in the area that would be known as Long Beach by the 16th century and by the time they arrived, the Tongva people had been the main group living in the area. In the present day area of Long Beach, there had been at least three major settlements. Near the Los Angeles river you would find the Tevaaxa’anga and at the same time, the Povuu’nga and Ahwaanga were also coastal villages. Due to political change, missionization and a big drop in population from disease brought over by the Europeans, the settlements, along with the Tongva, had to relocate in the middle of the 19th century.
King Carlos III from the Spanish Empire, gave Manuel Nieto Rancho Los Nietos in 1784. The Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos were split up from this region. Signal Hill was the dividing point between these two ranchos and was on an angel from northeast to southwest. Long Beach was actually part of a section of Rancho San Pedro. The boundaries of the area were argued for yeas because of the flooding that changed the boundaries of the Los Angeles River. It was between Manuel Nieto and Juan Jose Dominguez ranchos.
Jonathan Temple purchased Rancho Los Cerritos in 1843 after having gotten to California in 1827 from the East Coast. He was the person who built the National Historic Landmark called Los Cerritos Ranch House and it is still in great shape today. Temple had built a very successful cattle ranch and made a great deal of money. He ended up being dubbed the richest man in Los Angeles County. Temple’s ranch house and his self, played big roles in the Mexican-American War. Mormon pioneers made a weak attempt to start a colony on an island in San Pedro Bay.
Temple sold Rancho Los Cerritos in 1866 for around $20,000 to Flint, Bixby & Co, who were a sheep raising firm out of Northern California. The group was comprised of two brothers named Benjamin and Thomas Flint, along with their cousin, Lewellyn Bixby. Prior to that, the group had purchased three other ranchos with the assistance of an associate from Northern California named James Irvine. These ranchos would later take on Irvine’s name. Jotham Bixby was picked to manage Rancho Los Cerritos and he ended up being nicknamed the Father of Long Beach. Three years after, Bixby purchased into the place that would later be the start of Bixby Land Company. At least 30,000 sheep were being kept at the ranch in the 1870’s and they were sheared twice a year. This provided a great deal of wool for trade and in 1880, Bixby ended up selling 4,000 acres of the Rancho Los Cerritos. He sold to William Willmore who followed that up with dividing the property up with the idea of starting a farming community called Willmore City. Although he failed at this idea, he was able to sell the property to a Los Angeles syndicate that named themselves Long Beach Land and Water Company. After they took ownership, they changed the name of the area to Long Beach. In 1897, the city of Long Beach had been incorporated on an official level.
Another family member of the Bixby’s was very influential in Long Beach and his name was John W. Bixby. He started by working for his family at Los Cerritos and ended up leasing some land from Rancho Los Alamitos. J.W. ended up putting together a group of people: Jotham Bixby, I.W. Hellman, Lewellyn Bixby and himself to buy the ranch. This group brought a good deal of innovative methods to farming but that wasn’t all they did. They also started to develop oceanfront property that would sit by the bluffs of Long Beach. This area would include Naples, Belmont Shore and Belmont Heights and it would soon be a growing and successful city of its own. J.W. Bixby passed away of appendicitis in 1888.The property of Rancho Los Alamitos was divided up, with Lewellyn and Jotham getting the northern third, the widow of J.W. Bixby got the central third, while Hellman go the southern section of the property. The town of Alamitos was left as its own entity; however, it was run by Jotham and Lewellyn, but Hellman had a large amount of veto power. His power grew as the heirs of J.W. Bixby started to side with Hellman more frequently.
Eventually, the site would grow to be a resort on the seaside with parts of it being used for agricultural uses. Of all the areas to be, the Pike was the most well-known amusement zone on the beachside for the entire West Coast. This lasted from 1902 to 1969 and it offered rides and games, in addition to food. The Navy shipyard and oil industry would become the mainstays of Long Beach. It was also known as “Iowa by the sea” in the 50’s because of the amount of people from the Midwest moving out to the area. Until the 1960’s, there would be big picnics for all of the people that moved to the area.
Signal Hill was the location where oil was discovered in 1921, which was eventually a separate area from the city. The Long Beach Oil Field was a major producer and allowed for many jobs in the area. This area was one of the biggest producers of oil in the world at that time and it was the fourth biggest in the United States.
If you have ever visited Long Beach, you will know that there are many things to do over there and on top of that, it is very close to many other big cities and the ocean. Now you can understand some of the history behind Long Beach as well. We implore you to pack up the kids and visit Long Beach when you get a chance.
Long Beach, California has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Still Life Tattoo, Outer Limits Tattoo, Dream Jungle Tattoo, Port City Tattoo, and Madball Tattoos, Long Beach is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 467,900, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 122 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Long Beach. Google Places lists 1335 different tattoo shops in the Long Beach area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. 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.