majorpenalty

San diego tattoo artists/tattoo shops

Recommended Posts

I live in San Diego... I know I'm super lucky to live in a city with so many great tattoo artists, but does anyone know if there's an artist that does watercolor tattoos? I really like Nate Banuelos from Guru Tattoo but I've yet to see a portfolio with watercolor tattoos. Help?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I live in San Diego... I know I'm super lucky to live in a city with so many great tattoo artists, but does anyone know if there's an artist that does watercolor tattoos? I really like Nate Banuelos from Guru Tattoo but I've yet to see a portfolio with watercolor tattoos. Help?

What is a watercolor tattoo?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's basically just a tattoo made to seem like it's painted with watercolor paint. :) I've been seeing them a lot lately and I like. I tried posting a link to a website with examples, I think it got filtered? Here's two examples:

2781_600.jpg1121_600.jpg

Sorry for hijacking the thread...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It's basically just a tattoo made to seem like it's painted with watercolor paint. :) I've been seeing them a lot lately and I like. I tried posting a link to a website with examples, I think it got filtered?

Looks like Amanda Wachob's work. I believe she works out of NYC. I don't know anyone else doing this kinda work though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I live in San Diego... I know I'm super lucky to live in a city with so many great tattoo artists, but does anyone know if there's an artist that does watercolor tattoos? I really like Nate Banuelos from Guru Tattoo but I've yet to see a portfolio with watercolor tattoos. Help?

Briana@ San Diego Tattoo Shop - BUJU Tattoo - Briana Sargent has some examples of that type of work.

Gene@ Artists | Tattoo Culture does that splatter the ink style in NYC.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love San Diego, and i make sure to visit Guru Tattoo every time im in the neighborhood, the folks that work there are an A+ all around. Nice, friendly highly skilled bunch of guys that are very welcoming. I got tattooed by Honkey Kong a while back and its one of my favorite pieces. They did a great job in covering all angles of the tattoo spectrum. I really havent gone to other shops in the SD area but im sure there are some other great shops around.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Marcus Kuhn, The Gypsy Gentleman, is now located in San Diego.....

Hell yes! I almost forgot about Marcus. He was tattooing out of Full Circle, but now has his own appt. only studio near downtown I think?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Figured i would bump this thread especially since i can't post a thread of my own yet. I am looking to get a full sleeve dragon tattoo , the two artists i have found so far that i really like there work and had similar examples to what i have in mind are Terry Ribera and Bill Canales. I am willing to drive to Los Angeles and anywhere in between but am looking for some other artists simply because i am so new to Tattoo's and i really wanna look at a lot of people's work before i make up my mind. As far as other cities go obviously LA has a lot of choices and the first one that just grabbed my attention was phillip spearmen but i have no idea if he has a long wait list or not.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Figured i would bump this thread especially since i can't post a thread of my own yet. I am looking to get a full sleeve dragon tattoo , the two artists i have found so far that i really like there work and had similar examples to what i have in mind are Terry Ribera and Bill Canales. I am willing to drive to Los Angeles and anywhere in between but am looking for some other artists simply because i am so new to Tattoo's and i really wanna look at a lot of people's work before i make up my mind. As far as other cities go obviously LA has a lot of choices and the first one that just grabbed my attention was phillip spearmen but i have no idea if he has a long wait list or not.

If you're willing to go to LA to get tattooed, I'd suggest checking out Tattooland. Chris Brand, Stan Corona, and Mike Suarez could all give you a great tattoo.

I'm not sure all these images will work, but let's try this:

Chris Brand:

942417_659772937385931_1163535954_n.jpg

Stan Corona (kind of wanted to find a picture of a dragon he's done, but this backpiece is just too good to not share):

373b7e549acc11e38bf51257d402a110_8.jpg

Mike Suarez:

2c6e96e2cae711e2929322000a9e0719_7.jpg

Personally, I wouldn't worry about things like waiting lists. You might have to wait, you might not, but it's far more important to get the tattoo you really want.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the help guys ya i would rather wait and get a great tattoo then rush and get stuck with something i have to tell a story as to why i allowed someone to put 'that' on my skin :)

That tattoo Mike Suarez did is amazing.

* thanks for all the advice of people that keep posting :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Figured i would bump this thread especially since i can't post a thread of my own yet. I am looking to get a full sleeve dragon tattoo , the two artists i have found so far that i really like there work and had similar examples to what i have in mind are Terry Ribera and Bill Canales. I am willing to drive to Los Angeles and anywhere in between but am looking for some other artists simply because i am so new to Tattoo's and i really wanna look at a lot of people's work before i make up my mind. As far as other cities go obviously LA has a lot of choices and the first one that just grabbed my attention was phillip spearmen but i have no idea if he has a long wait list or not.

Out of those three I would go with Bill.He does a lot of Japanese work compared to the other two.

Alessio & Denny@ Avalon II Tattoo San Diego are real good with dragons.

Japanese Style Tattoos at Onizuka Tattoo | Little Tokyo, Los Angeles CA some good Asian artists at this shop.

Home - Small Paul Tattoo has a lot of experience doing dragons.

Instagram

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Figured i would bump this thread especially since i can't post a thread of my own yet. I am looking to get a full sleeve dragon tattoo , the two artists i have found so far that i really like there work and had similar examples to what i have in mind are Terry Ribera and Bill Canales. I am willing to drive to Los Angeles and anywhere in between but am looking for some other artists simply because i am so new to Tattoo's and i really wanna look at a lot of people's work before i make up my mind. As far as other cities go obviously LA has a lot of choices and the first one that just grabbed my attention was phillip spearmen but i have no idea if he has a long wait list or not.

For a full sleeve dragon tattoo, I would go see Bill Canales.

- - - Updated - - -

@Graeme that Stan Corona tattoo though.... THOSE PINKS. WOW.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
@Graeme that Stan Corona tattoo though.... THOSE PINKS. WOW.

I believe I read on instagram that she'll be showing that tattoo at the Perseverance exhibition. I can only imagine that it's one of those tattoos where the picture does it absolutely no justice, but yeah, those pinks and blues with the smooth black and grey...incredible.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just want to put in a word for Bill Canales - I've seen quite a few of his tattoos in person and they are incredible! Plus, he is a super humble, professional guy. You could always check out the shop, it's in South Park and look at his book too. And if you're curious, Bill is in Marcus Kuhn's Gypsy Gentleman, Episode 4.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
thanks guy for all the advice anyone know how long of a waiting list Bill Canales has ?

Call the shop. They are the most reliable source for answering this question.

As a side note I think we as clients do artists a disservice by publicly quoting the length of a wait list. I wouldn't want a potential client to not contact an artist because they heard a rumor that their wait list is X months/years long. A new client might get lucky if they call right after a few flaky people back out of big scheduled projects. Or certain ideas might be bumped to the top of the waiting list.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ya that is a good point just with the few artists i have contacted sometimes the wait list is longer and some times its shorter people say a lot of things on the internet :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Posts

    • find the right artist that likes doing coverups & is good at it, they could do just fine, what you have to do is a lot of research to find the right person, I have a couple coverups that are perfect.
    • i do have a question. how difficult is it to get a tattoo over another tattoo? i got one when i was about 18 and looking at it i think its not really a good one. I mean its well done its just dumb for me and i did not think it through enough. If i want to add something to cover/change it.
    • Hello! and if you've got initial questions you can do that here, too. 
  • Last Sparrow Tattoo Sponsors

  • Topics

  • Blog Entries