Julianna and Thomas, the artists at Overground Tattoo, merge their individual expertise and artistic influences to create inimitable body art for their clients. Julianna’s steady hands have emblazoned clients with such images as a bespectacled owl with textured yellow wings, whereas Thomas has scripted skin with names, flowers, and inspirational phrases such as Love Your Life and Chew Before You Swallow. After augmenting their clients’ exteriors with tattoos and permanent makeup, the duo arms them with pertinent aftercare tips, such as washing tattoos with antimicrobial soap or not exposing them to the sun lest the sun jealously copies them.
Friendly, clean, and educational. These tend not to be the first words that come to mind when thinking about a tattoo shop, but at the Allegory Tattoo, owner Pete Walker and his team, that includes Ronan and Steve, ensure clients' experiences go above and beyond their expectations. The team not only provides clients with current portfolios of each trained tattoo artist's work but also encourages guests to watch the tattooist of choice in action. Each friendly artist is keen on collaboration to ensure the image??whether brought in, chosen from the shop's collection, or conceptually rendered by the artist??reflects the patron's personality and style. Tattoos are normally crafted in one-hour sessions and during multiple visits.
Owner and tattoo artist Pete's past pieces have included a portrait of Betty White, colorful koi fish, and realistic flowers, whereas tattoo artist Steve's portfolio is lined with tattoos of a unicorn, flowers and crosses, and geometric designs. Ample parking is available, and discounts are given to those in the military.
With years of expertise stowed away in their steady hands, the inksmiths at Funhouse Tattoo San Diego transform swaths of epidermis into personalized pieces of art. Their prowess has gained plenty of outside attention, leading them to be called to the set of The Hangover 2 as prop consultants. The Funhouse facility, resting among the palm-tree-traced streets of Pacific Beach, is a frequent destination for San Diego Chargers players, especially those who need to have the plays permanently doodled onto their arms.
Inside the shop, inked images are available in an assortment of styles. At one station, head artist Leo Cadenazzi sketches the bold lines of Japanese creatures, and at another station, founder Seth Reynolds wraps limbs in symbolic Polynesian portraits. Cadenazzi and Reynolds lead a staff that also specializes in graffiti, realism, and traditional images, such as the Harley-Davidson symbol, an eagle, or Sean Connery getting a tattoo of Sean Connery.
The tattoos created at Full Circle Tattoo are simply stunning. You won’t find artwork like this anywhere else. Founder Bill Canales is a legend in the business, and apprenticed many of the other tattoo artists in his studio himself. While he generally does large Asian-inspired tattoos, there are many unique styles represented in the studio, from traditional Americana style to bold geometrics to girly twists to refined filigree. You are guaranteed to find a tattoo artist here who can take your vision and make it a masterpiece. You’ll feel proud to display their artwork on your skin for a lifetime. The studio itself is warmly lit and inviting—another unique factor for a tattoo parlor—and has funky and creative decorations.