Black Diamond Tattoo
412 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Bike Parking: Yes
Price Range : Average
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
By Appointment Only: No
Impulsively decided to get tattooed and simply chose this place because it was the nearest. Luckily Ken had time and he did an amazing big piece on my arm with very little time to prepare. Including drawing it free hand and doing the tat it only took 6 hrs. He is super skilled, friendly and helpful and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
10/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I had Big Boy shade an existing outline on my ribs and upper hip on a recent trip to L.A. I only showed him the original sculpture that I referenced for the drawing and he did an amazing job. I can't wait to get back to L.A. to get a background done. Everybody was very friendly and talkative. I just wanted to hang out even if I wasn't getting inked.
My wife and I decided to get tattoos (not matching, but at the same time) and we were looking for a place with artists who could do color and gray. My wife wanted color but it was my first tattoo so I wanted gray. I had Big Boy do mine and she had Alayna.
They were both excellent artists and very patient. According to my wife, Big Boy did a 3 hour tattoo in 2 hours and did it better than most artists whose work I'd looked at. Alayna was a great artist with color and was very comforting (my wife is kind of a wuss). In any case, we plan to have any future work done here. This place is worth far more than they charge.
On a side note, I was impressed with their conscious efforts to maintain a sterile environment. At one point, there was an issue with the vibration mechanism on one of the tattoo needles and Alayna ditched her equipment and went through the effort of finding an unused needle mechanism and needle rather than being cheap and just changing the bands. She didn't pass the cost on to us even though they had to scrap the hardly used needle and needle mechanism. That kind of service and safety concern is worth recognizing.
This past spring while visiting my son in Venice, I finally worked up the nerve to get my first tattoo. As a 50+ mom, a tattoo was something I had wanted for years, but was always to scared to actually get. We found Black Diamond on City Search and it was an excellent choice. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and I felt quite as ease. The place was not what I would have typically expected of a tattoo parlor. We had only gone in to check the place out and get pricing info, but I felt so comfortable I decided on the spot to go for it. The artist created exactly what I wanted. I now have a tattoo that I'm thrilled with, and proud to wear. I'm already thinking about what I want to have done on my next trip to Venice this coming spring! I would highly recommend anyone (including nervous 50+ moms) check them out before going elswhere. K
08/28/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I found them here on City Search. I found them to be close after reading good review. I was still nervouse though. I have to say I brought a pretty difficult tattoo Idea to Juan, who was recommended to me by Merideth. I met her over the phone when I called to consult with them first. She made me feel comfortable so I went for it. Im met Juan and he was comforting without saying too much. I brought a portrait of my Late Younger Brother and he pulled it off. Even Better than I expected. I'm very Happy and totally recommend Juan and this Tattoo Shop.
02/09/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This has been the best tattoo experience I have ever had. They artists are very talented and really chill. As soon as you walk in you feel welcome, unlike several other places I've been to.
Justin tattooed me, he is really nice and easy to talk to. My friend was tattooed by Paul, she loved him! All the artists here are really talented!
I'm never going anywhere else!
THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO GET A TATTOO IN LA!!
05/08/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I was born and raised in Venice and I have had every single one of my 6 seperate Tattoos completed in a local shop. I don't know where this place was 15 years ago, when I got my first, but glad I found it now.
Much different than other shops in Venice...no flash on the walls, no low-lifes, no ""fly-by-night"" Tattoo artists. All the pieces are custom and drawn by each individual Tattoo artist.
And let me tell you these dudes are ARTISTS in every sense of the word. I got a custom piece by Debt (check out his stuff at debticatedart.c o m). I mean this guy drew the tattoo straight one me...no stencil, no tracing, and no flash! Made to order and it is by far may favorite Tattoo and I think my others are pretty damn cool, so that's saying something.
This place has the most friendly receptionist in the world, and very professional. You never get that from a Tattoo shop. Most in Venice are hole in the wall joints, that might have one really good artist. This place has a slew of great artists and it is really classy.
Like I said I grew up in Venice, and I WILL NOT have another piece done anywhere else but here. It is a gem, so stop readin this and go get some work done NOW!!!!
03/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I got a replication of a Van Gogh painting done by Charly and the only thing I can say is WOW! Not only is the tattoo amazing but the experience at the shop was also. It?s such a friendly environment and the tattoo culture is truly represented well here. If you are looking for a good tattoo go somewhere ells, but if you want a GREAT tattoo and a piece of art the Black Diamond is the place for you!
02/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I got my chest piece finished by Eno and he was incredible! He totally got my vision and I love it. He took a bunch of non-related pieces and made them into a beautiful piece of work. And he made a SUPER painful spot much easier. Black Diamond is the best in the West!!!
02/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went to get my full back tattoo done by Charly, he is the best tattoo artist I ever met. My husband also got a tattoo done with him before, We love services at Black Diamond tattoo a lot!! Totally recomemed!!!
They are a professional team and you will leave with the great artwork. Charly is real artist,neat and very clean!!! I love Black Diamond tattoo.
02/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Unbelievable artists! Jeremy Sutton has tattooed me twice and I will not go to another artist. he is unbelievable. The color work that he does is truly vibrant and unique.
Black Diamond Tattoos is a great shop with a great staff surrounding Jeremy. The shop is clean and sterile, loaded with high end art pieces done from local artists. The staff was truely friendly and all were very supportive of each others work.
My experience at Black Diamond has been better than at any other tattoo shop I have been a client of.
I've already scheduled my next appointment.
If you need any color work done, call Jeremy Sutton at Black Diamond.
02/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
black diamond tattoo in venice is one of the best tattoo studios i have ever set foot in it is in all ways a real art studio and the artists are so awsome they make you feel so at home and at ease i personally have recieved 4 tattoos from black diamond tattoo and they are all on prime spots on my body because i trust my artist so much and i am so honored to wear his art on my body jeremy sutton is so amazing he is a mad man with the needle he did my neck and my knuckles and every time i go to him i get so much more that what i expect and i always come back and i bring all my friends, i have gotten alot of bad tattoos in los angeles and i was very uneasy about ever getting another tattoo in la until i came to black diamond, every time i walk through the door i am greeted by all the people on the floor and that is such an amazing feeling they truly treat everyone like a v.i.p. and to those in the tattoo world it is so cool to feel that way and to be treated with such respect i reccomend black diamond tattoo to all i meet i love their studio and i know you will too....... see you there!!!!!
01/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went in to check prices and was so pleased with how nice and friendly the staff was. They welcomed me in, showed me a series of portfolios and made recommendations about what I was looking for. The shop was really clean and nice looking, I'll definitely be back with friends!!!
01/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Great informative, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. I have never felt more welcomed and comfortable at any other Tattoo location. I've had my tattoo for less than a week and the compliments are overwhelming. I will go no further to any other collection of artists, I highly recommend if you want the greatest quality.