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10 Awesome Tattoo Artists in L.A.

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Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM
click to enlarge From the MUSINK Tattoo Convention and Music Festival 2012 - NATE "IGOR" SMITH
  • Nate "Igor" Smith
  • From the MUSINK Tattoo Convention and Music Festival 2012

When it comes to tattooing, we are fortunate to have an enormous wealth of talent in Los Angeles. Though tattoo culture erupted in mainstream popularity several years ago, it was a vital part of L.A. long before that and remains so today. There are artists in every corner of the city, with faithful clients on long waiting lists.

We have so many true masters in Los Angeles that to try and narrow it down to the top 10 most talented would be not only impossible, but criminal. We didn't want to let that stop us from spotlighting talent, however, so below are several of our favorites.

10. Best tattoo artist on the Sunset Strip:

Mark Mahoney at Shamrock Social Club

click to enlarge Mahoney's Shamrock Tattoo
  • Mahoney's Shamrock Tattoo

Love it or hate it, the Sunset Strip is an important piece of rock & roll and Mark Mahoney's Shamrock Tattoo is an integral part of it. Buzzing guns can be heard coming from his legendary shop across from the Key Club at pretty much all hours. Mahoney got his start in his hometown of Boston back when tattooing was illegal. He's a legend in the industry, particularly his black and gray work. These days Mahoney is a household name, recognized even by those without any ink. No wonder L.A. Weekly's nightlife expert Lina Lecaro got her last tattoo from Mahoney. shamrocktattoo.com

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