64 Reviews

Black Diamond Tattoo

Los Angeles, California
Reviews
Chy F.
15 Jun 2018
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I called as soon as they opened today to get a small tattoo for both my boyfriend and me and was told I couldn't make an appointment for small tattoos to just walk in before 7:30. We got in at 6:55 th... Read More
I called as soon as they opened today to get a small tattoo for both my boyfriend and me and was told I couldn't make an appointment for small tattoos to just walk in before 7:30. We got in at 6:55 there was only one woman waiting to be seen no one spoke to us as we stood at the counter for 10 minutes. Finally someone said "just put your name on the sign in list and someone will speak to you shortly" we had already written our names down so we just sat down.20 minutes goes by and the receptionist asks if the two names on the list was us and then continued on with her business.1 hour and 15 minutes after we signed in she calls us up and says that she doesn't think they can fit us in. Everyone that was working acknowledged the fact that we were waiting. If there was only one person taking walk-ins and he knew he wasn't going to take anyone else WHY wouldn't you tell us BEFORE we waited for a flipping hour. He was at the counter when we walked in. HE should have said I don't think I can take anyone else. The RECEPTIONIST should have said let me check and see if we can fit you in. And the second tattoo artist that got an attitude when we asked if she can take us next since we had been waiting so long and who was the only person who spoke to us when we stood by the door upon entry could have had the receptionist talk to us instead of showing her how to plastic wrap everything for her taking 30 minutes.I guess if you don't look like a grungy tattoo fiend, you get no respect in this joint. Read Less
David Matthew Shearer
7 Jun 2018
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The owner and all the artist are top-notch professionals. Great work (ethically & artistically). Would reccomend them 100%
Núria Gonzàlez Montalban
28 May 2018
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Ask for Nikki. She's the best. Beautiful colors, sharp drawings.
Gret's D.
27 May 2018
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Giving my first yelp review to dear Nike!!!! This girl holds amazing aesthetic sense n great patient lol. Worth a lil bit waiting, but I'm pretty satisfied with the first tattoo at a absolute remarkab... Read More
Giving my first yelp review to dear Nike!!!! This girl holds amazing aesthetic sense n great patient lol. Worth a lil bit waiting, but I'm pretty satisfied with the first tattoo at a absolute remarkable moment in my life done by her beauty‍ Read Less
Jon Jon Y.
8 May 2018
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Getting a Tattoo isn't a small feat, it requires a lot of thinking, planning, and precision to ensure you're making the perfect body modification with the perfect artistic/philosophical talent and ama... Read More
Getting a Tattoo isn't a small feat, it requires a lot of thinking, planning, and precision to ensure you're making the perfect body modification with the perfect artistic/philosophical talent and amazement. I researched thoroughly on Yelp before conceding with Black Diamond Tattoo. This was my first Tattoo, and as anyone knows, it can be a nerve-wrecking experience (the pain, the tolerance, the design).Rest assured, I came here as a Walk-In Basis Customer and I am amazed by their staff of Tattoo Artists. They are extremely friendly and chill (not slang by any means, just simply chillaxin' people). I was welcomed and instructed by the ways of getting a Tattoo and was told what to expect. I had to wait awhile, but that wait was worth it completely.My Tattoo Artist was Justin Jakas and that guy knows exactly what you want. I had a brief/vague idea of what I wanted, which was Icarus' Angel Wings Inverted, Influxed, and Staggered across 2 legs. I originally wanted them on my feet, but was expertly and experiencely told that it was impossible. Instead Justin figured out a even better, more perfect place to place the 2 Icarus' Wings.I can say I am extremely proud and absolutely pleased with the results. I love my first Tattoo and stare proudly at them whenever I get the chance. I feel like a walking art masterpiece and it also pronounces the sexy feel I wanted as Justin accentuated the sex muscles in my lower calves-legs. I have already booked another appointment with Justin Jakus to do Angel Wings on my upper back just because I know he speaks to any Tattoo-goers language. It's not just him, but the whole staff of Tattoo Artists know what you want, where you want, and when you want. I wholeheartedly recommend Black Diamond Tattoo for new Tattoo-goers up to Professionals for their next Tattoo Masterpiece! Read Less
Jacob F. Keller
29 Apr 2018
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This place is great for a first timer. Clean, professional, open and spacious. Everyone was very nice especially Melissa. She took very good care of me and was very professional. She asked me all the ... Read More
This place is great for a first timer. Clean, professional, open and spacious. Everyone was very nice especially Melissa. She took very good care of me and was very professional. She asked me all the right questions to make sure I my tattoo was perfect and exactly what I wanted. She is also an enormously talented artist. I was in and out in about 35 minutes. Thanks so much again! I love how the website had a list of etiquette rules and it was easy to set an appointment and pay the reservation fee online. Read Less
Kat W.
18 Apr 2018
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This is place is amazing. Best in Venice for sure after doing some shopping around. Not only are the artists friendly and helpful but the atmosphere is comfy and clean. IN LOVE with my tattoo by Nikol... Read More
This is place is amazing. Best in Venice for sure after doing some shopping around. Not only are the artists friendly and helpful but the atmosphere is comfy and clean. IN LOVE with my tattoo by Nikola Ivana (check out her IG @nikola.ivana). She was so sweet and patient, really took the time to get exactly what I wanted (and it turned out better than I even imagined). Gave me a great price too! Looking forward to going back here in a few weeks for more! HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Go here, you will not be disappointed. Read Less
Giselle C.
18 Apr 2018
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I had a great experience with Ken. He was detail-oriented and focused for the 2 hour process. And it turned out great!!! I want to emphasize the fact that my tattoo healed amazingly quickly and well, ... Read More
I had a great experience with Ken. He was detail-oriented and focused for the 2 hour process. And it turned out great!!! I want to emphasize the fact that my tattoo healed amazingly quickly and well, which is evidence of Ken's skill. I have a few tattoos which looked great the day they were done but then faded quite a bit during the healing process. That's not the case with this one - this one looks even better now. I'll definitely be coming back to Black Diamond. Read Less
Shaghayegh S.
2 Apr 2018
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I got my second tattoo at this place the first one was somewhere else, staffs are very friendly and welcoming, location is spacious and close to tons of other stores Incase you have to wait till your ... Read More
I got my second tattoo at this place the first one was somewhere else, staffs are very friendly and welcoming, location is spacious and close to tons of other stores Incase you have to wait till your appointment, and the more important part was my tattoo artist, I just explained what I want and had some drawings of the elements and symbols I wanted and came up with the final design, I am supper happy with the result I may go back there again... as they say tattoos can be addictive, and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to get some ink art! Read Less
Mohammed Alhaddab
17 Mar 2018
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Clean place..professional services..came as walk in..the artist made excellent suggestions and great work..
Carol P.
7 Mar 2018
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Got my first tattoo with Justin Jakus. Wouldn't go to anyone else. Problem is... I live in NY. That won't stop me. I will definitely be back. Black Diamond is fantastic, and Justin is a master tattoo ... Read More
Got my first tattoo with Justin Jakus. Wouldn't go to anyone else. Problem is... I live in NY. That won't stop me. I will definitely be back. Black Diamond is fantastic, and Justin is a master tattoo artist. Read Less
Valerie Q.
4 Mar 2018
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Great vibe. Be prepared to wait a long time (i.e. 5 hours) if you're trying to get a walk in and don't make it in 10 min before they open!! Got there at 12:15 and finally got in around 5pm. Staff is s... Read More
Great vibe. Be prepared to wait a long time (i.e. 5 hours) if you're trying to get a walk in and don't make it in 10 min before they open!! Got there at 12:15 and finally got in around 5pm. Staff is super friendly. I requested Justin after stalking his portfolio for months online. He's extremely talented, and also made me feel at ease right away getting my first tattoo. Made really helpful suggestions about placement and design that helped my idea come together beautifully.  Can't wait to come back in for my next! Read Less
Becca W
15 Feb 2018
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My husband and I took the week off and flew in from Chicago just to get tattoos here. We made appointments a month in advance. I had an appointment with Justin jakus and my husband had one with Ken. I... Read More
My husband and I took the week off and flew in from Chicago just to get tattoos here. We made appointments a month in advance. I had an appointment with Justin jakus and my husband had one with Ken. I sent in pictures and ideas and tried to consult with justin on the phone, but I was told that he would just talk with me the day I came in and that what I wanted wouldn't take long. When I came in for my appointment at 12:00 Justin asked what I wanted so I showed him the picture below and said "I want something similar to this, with the same bird". He then told me he didn't have time to do all of it because he had someone else scheduled at 4pm and I'd have to come back to get the rest done. I told him we came in from out of town just to get our tattoos. He didn't seem to care. Ken spent the whole day working on my husband's half sleeve the day before and also consulted with him beforehand. I was devastated that I wasn't going to get the same attention and time from Justin. I then agreed he could do part of it. I told him I wanted the chickadee sitting in different flowers - just like the photo below. He wrote the word "chickadee" down on a peice of paper and asked me what kind of flowers I liked. I told him I liked peonies and wild flowers but really was open to a lot of different kinds as long as they were all different. He told me to come back in an hour. I came back later and he gave me a small, poorly drawn outline of a sparrow sitting on a cherry blossom branch... ??? We again explained to him that I wanted a chickadee and he said "oh ok, let me look it up" and went back to his computer. At that point I was so fed up and disappointed I just got up and walked out. It was 1:37pm so he'd only have about 2 hours or less to work on it. What a total waste of time... Read Less
Kristin C.
7 Feb 2018
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Wow is all I can say. I went to Guilia who is guest tattooing and is in from Italy. She was awesome. She is extremely patient and so sweet. Her work is phenomenal. Off the chart skills!! I have a lot ... Read More
Wow is all I can say. I went to Guilia who is guest tattooing and is in from Italy. She was awesome. She is extremely patient and so sweet. Her work is phenomenal. Off the chart skills!! I have a lot of tattoos including two from the legend Mark Mahoney but the one she did is my absolute favorite by far. Her attention to detail is amazing. Lines are spot on and her color choice and coloring are flawless. She takes the time to listen and doesn't rush you during the consultation. While she was doing the tattoo (4 hours worth) she always checked in with me to make sure I was doing ok and comfortable.Random people stop me to compliment the tattoo and ask where I got it, that's how great it is. The Shoppe itself is overall awesome and the staff is super friendly, knowledgeable & professional. It's extremely clean, probably the cleanest and most sanitary shop I've seen. Carlo the manager who runs the place was so sweet and Bree the owner is a doll and overall awesome. She was super busy yet stopped what she was doing to answer my questions and give her professional opinion and has the patience of a saint, has a no bullshit attitude and tells it like it is which is super rare in LA! I appreciate this coming from NYC. I would highly recommend Black Diamond and definitely try and catch Gulia if you can. Best tattoo experience ever. Thanks again Guilia and Bree!! Read Less
Tez Arbertha
6 Feb 2018
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Tyoni Aragon has scared my right forearm in the WORSE way. Me and my girlfriend came in visiting from Oklahoma City. We wish we NEVER came to this place, I have a terrible scar from the shading she di... Read More
Tyoni Aragon has scared my right forearm in the WORSE way. Me and my girlfriend came in visiting from Oklahoma City. We wish we NEVER came to this place, I have a terrible scar from the shading she did on my arm. It was literally the easiest thing I think a artist had to do, my body is covered in tatts and this was the last thing I expected from this place. I recommend you go some place else. You can literally feel how heavy handed she was, I’ve had tatts from many artist, and I will NEVER have anything good to say about my experience at BLACK diamond. RUN AWAY FROM THIS LADY FOR SURE!!!!!! Other artist maybe alright, but not if they let her continue to tatt here! Read Less
Paige W.
2 Jan 2018
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Went here last week to get a small memorial tattoo. I had a consultation with Melissa a few weeks prior (I loved her portfolio and her Instagram). She listened to every detail I mentioned, she made ad... Read More
Went here last week to get a small memorial tattoo. I had a consultation with Melissa a few weeks prior (I loved her portfolio and her Instagram). She listened to every detail I mentioned, she made adjustments and suggestions based on placement, size, etc. Melissa made the entire experience very comfortable and chill, which made my walk in last week so much more enjoyable. She had it drawn up and ready to go when I got there! Amazing customer service! Will be going back for future ink. Also, the shop plays some bangin tunes while you get tatted, which just adds to the whole experience. A++ in my book. Not only was the customer service impeccable, but my tattoo looks amazing! Melissa took every detail into consideration when she tatted me, and I absolutely LOVE this piece. Read Less
Lizzy Brooks
29 Dec 2017
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I normally don't write reviews, but felt I wanted to just send my thanks to Black Diamond Tattoo! I recently got my first tattoo here and I didn't know what to expect at all. I'm an avid review reader... Read More
I normally don't write reviews, but felt I wanted to just send my thanks to Black Diamond Tattoo! I recently got my first tattoo here and I didn't know what to expect at all. I'm an avid review reader, so it was important that my first be at a place everyone loved. The reviews aren't wrong. Everyone at Black Diamond was so sweet and kind. I appreciated how patient they were with me. They could have easily been impatient or annoyed since this was my first, but they were so understanding and personable. I got mine on my rib cage, so it was a bit sensitive. My tattoo artist went slow and was detailed with me. He didn't make me feel bad about my nervous chatter (even though you're not supposed to--whoops!). He didn't dismiss me because I didn't know lingo or exactly what I wanted. We went through fonts and he altered it even down to the details of a single letter. No huffing or eye rolling. It felt like a super safe environment. Plus his mom came in and brought food for the whole staff, which I think shows the family culture and care of a place. :) FYI: there is an $80 minimum, so even my baby tattoo was $80. That being said, I didn't mind one bit considering the consult time and perfecting we did on the design. Super happy with it and the experience! Read Less
Courtney C.
29 Nov 2017
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My mother, sister and I all got similar tattoos done here. They were very accommodating, especially since my mom had them redesign hers more times than I can count (mind you, we all got the word "HOPE... Read More
My mother, sister and I all got similar tattoos done here. They were very accommodating, especially since my mom had them redesign hers more times than I can count (mind you, we all got the word "HOPE" in the style of our choice - yeah I know very basic. But there is a meaning behind this) I would definitely visit again, would love to get something with A LOT more detail. My sister has had previous work done here, she gets compliments everywhere she goes on her arm piece. Read Less
Rezza A.
18 Oct 2017
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Love Love LOVE! My roommate and I decided to get a tattoo (different designs, we not cheesy like that lol) we walked in on a Wednesday night around 6:30pm and were greeted right away. Everyone is very... Read More
Love Love LOVE! My roommate and I decided to get a tattoo (different designs, we not cheesy like that lol) we walked in on a Wednesday night around 6:30pm and were greeted right away. Everyone is very nice, accommodating and had a calming vibe. I got mine done by Justin and he is AMAZING! He's very meticulous and detailed with everything, which I appreciate very much as this is my first tattoo. I showed him the design I wanted and where I wanted it. He took it a step up with his attention to detail. It took about an hour and time just flew by. I listened to music and let the master do his work. I'm really really really happy with it! Thank you, Justin and everyone in Black Diamond! Already recommended this place to my other housemates Read Less
Ashley S.
11 Aug 2017
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Justin did a great job, not only for my sister in law for her first tattoo & he helped me fix a tattoo I had done years ago & gave me a beautiful straight line small tattoo on my wrist. I wanted a spe... Read More
Justin did a great job, not only for my sister in law for her first tattoo & he helped me fix a tattoo I had done years ago & gave me a beautiful straight line small tattoo on my wrist. I wanted a specific color and he was very informative. He made sure my sister in law was comfortable, knew what was going on & took his time with her. I will be coming back here soon for another tattoo !! Read Less
Jasmin F.
10 Aug 2017
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My fiance and I had an awesome experience here! We were both tattooed by Justin Jakus. Justin was extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. He made sure both of us were comfortable throughou... Read More
My fiance and I had an awesome experience here! We were both tattooed by Justin Jakus. Justin was extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. He made sure both of us were comfortable throughout the process. He gave great suggestions and was willing to work with us toward getting something we loved. Couldn't have had a better experience! Read Less
Tanya T.
5 Aug 2017
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I was a walk-in on a Saturday afternoon, not expecting to actually get a tattoo without an appointment. I wanted to take a look at their art books and make an appointment to discuss embellishments of ... Read More
I was a walk-in on a Saturday afternoon, not expecting to actually get a tattoo without an appointment. I wanted to take a look at their art books and make an appointment to discuss embellishments of tattoos I already have.  While I was accomplishing this, I was pleasantly surprised that they would take a walk-in for a very small tattoo that I also wanted. Sure, I had to wait a while, but I was surprised they would do it at all on a busy Saturday afternoon without an appointment. I was very happy with the tattoo that Melissa put together for me on the spot. Also, the studio was spotlessly clean (I am an RN and I KNOW clean), VERY laid back and friendly crew. Loved watching them work on other customers and marveled at their talent.  I am greatly looking forward to returning for more beautiful work from the talented crew at this AWESOME studio!!! Read Less
Katie S.
29 Jul 2017
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Melissa is SO great! I spontaneously decided to get tattooed while on vacation. Usually I would research an artist a little more before making the decision but I didn't hesitate at all after meeting w... Read More
Melissa is SO great! I spontaneously decided to get tattooed while on vacation. Usually I would research an artist a little more before making the decision but I didn't hesitate at all after meeting with Melissa! She understood the look I was going for instantly and made it even more perfect then I could have imagined! She was also very nice to talk to through out the session. There couldn't have been a better artist out there to do this tattoo for me, I feel very grateful to have found her!! Thank you Melissa! Xoxo Read Less
Bre S.
28 Jul 2017
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After spending over a year planning out my first tattoo, I went with a friend and finally pulled the trigger at Black Diamond Tattoo. After searching tattoo shops in the area and finding Black Diamond... Read More
After spending over a year planning out my first tattoo, I went with a friend and finally pulled the trigger at Black Diamond Tattoo. After searching tattoo shops in the area and finding Black Diamond on Yelp, with 250+ reviews and a 5-star rating, we knew we had found the place. We called ahead to set an appointment, and the girl at the front desk was nice enough to let us know it would be easier to just walk-in. We arrived around 3 pm on a Sunday. After emailing the chosen image and waiting about 45 minutes, Charly brought me back to the small, partitioned-off room in the back and made sure that the size/placement of the tattoo was clear (small, and on my robs in the front). Charly was professional and polite, allowing my friends to stand nearby and talk to me throughout my time under his needle. The pain was far less than I expected, and 15 minutes later I was looking at the EXACT design I had so hoped for. It healed perfectly, and Charly was kind enough to provide an email to ask any questions regarding caring for my tattoo I could think of.Everyone here was very professional, kind, and patient. Pricing is super reasonable, everything is very clean, and I would highly recommend Black Diamond to anyone looking to get a tattoo in this area - you won't be disappointed! Read Less
Carlos Dandridge
28 Jul 2017
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Im in awe of my new ink. Charly is an artist and I can't wait to finish the entire piece. He took my general ideas and created a masterpiece.
Derek Fenzke
28 Jul 2017
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I walked in on Wednesday, the receptionist was very welcoming. I described to him that I wanted to touch up my old eagle tattoo, all while adding a sun and skull. After looking at my tattoo, he recomm... Read More
I walked in on Wednesday, the receptionist was very welcoming. I described to him that I wanted to touch up my old eagle tattoo, all while adding a sun and skull. After looking at my tattoo, he recommended Tyoni Aragon as a suitable tattoo artist and I made an appointment the next day. I'm glad he did because my tattoo has never looked better. Tyoni transformed my beloved, but old and faded, eagle tattoo into a work of art. Tyoni's thick lines and shading really revived my eagle, all while keeping the original retro styling. The sun and skull she added perfectly mesh into a single piece of art better than I imagined possible.Thanks you Black Diamond Tattoo and Tyoni Aragon. Read Less
Shantessa Burnfield
27 Jul 2017
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So happy we read reviews and picked Black Diamond Tattoo. The staff was really friendly and made both my daughter and I feel really comfortable. We didn't have an appointment and they were able to get... Read More
So happy we read reviews and picked Black Diamond Tattoo. The staff was really friendly and made both my daughter and I feel really comfortable. We didn't have an appointment and they were able to get us in right away. The shop was very clean and the atmosphere great! I highly recommend this shop. Read Less
Selena D.
23 Jul 2017
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I went here a while back for a free tattoo a part of an Adult Swim event! I was super sketched out because it was free, so you just never know - I was so not disappointed. The shop was super nice and ... Read More
I went here a while back for a free tattoo a part of an Adult Swim event! I was super sketched out because it was free, so you just never know - I was so not disappointed. The shop was super nice and clean. The artists there did a GREAT job considering they were tattooing people back to back all day long. I waited 10 and a half hours in line but I ain't even mad because I know everyone's tattoos came out awesome! I would definitely go back here! I got a Rainbow Unicorn head and it still looks great and the color is still vibrant! Read Less
Ellen M.
22 Jul 2017
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Had the most amazing experience here with everyone! Everyone there was so nice and accommodating! I got a tattoo by Nikola as a walk in. She was incredibly nice and did an amazing job. They have so ma... Read More
Had the most amazing experience here with everyone! Everyone there was so nice and accommodating! I got a tattoo by Nikola as a walk in. She was incredibly nice and did an amazing job. They have so many different options for you to choose from, I would recommend then to anyone! Very well priced and efficient! The place is incredibly clean and easy to find. Parking is street parking but it's easy enough! Read Less
Vanessa Duarte
21 Jul 2017
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They are very professional and its a very clean environment the tattoo artist are very friendly and they do an awesome job with the art pieces... definitely recommend this shop👍👍
Frank C.
18 Jul 2017
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Best experience place was clean and the atmosphere was spot on Juan Gollaz is and amazing Artist he has the skills and passion for his pieces im glad I chose him for my son's memorial. Will be going b... Read More
Best experience place was clean and the atmosphere was spot on Juan Gollaz is and amazing Artist he has the skills and passion for his pieces im glad I chose him for my son's memorial. Will be going back to do second part.... Thanks Juan. Read Less
Michelle S.
18 Jul 2017
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Really liked this place. Nice and clean and they don't blast hardcore metal/screamo like most of the shops I've been to. Charly did a really great job of covering a tattoo I got a few years ago and ha... Read More
Really liked this place. Nice and clean and they don't blast hardcore metal/screamo like most of the shops I've been to. Charly did a really great job of covering a tattoo I got a few years ago and hated. Everyone was really nice and laid back. There's lots of residential areas around the shop so parking is pretty easy. Read Less
Thane T.
7 Jul 2017
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Accompanied the bride for her second tattoo here earlier today, and was as impressed again as I was the first time. Smart people, talented artists, clean shop, good vibe, great attitude. Charly is a r... Read More
Accompanied the bride for her second tattoo here earlier today, and was as impressed again as I was the first time. Smart people, talented artists, clean shop, good vibe, great attitude. Charly is a really cool guy who is as professional as they get, and everyone I've encountered at the shop has been helpful and pleasant. I recommend it without hesitation. Plus, you gotta love an artist who is as comfortable having the Cramps on the stereo as having Nat King Cole -- or vice versa. Much respect, dude. Read Less
D B.
29 Jun 2017
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I take all of my big important ideas tattoos to Justin jakus here at black diamond! I've never been disappointed, just blown away by the work his and creativity. I will keep coming back and I can't wa... Read More
I take all of my big important ideas tattoos to Justin jakus here at black diamond! I've never been disappointed, just blown away by the work his and creativity. I will keep coming back and I can't wait for him to do my other half sleeve Read Less
alice winter
13 Jun 2017
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Melissa is such an amazing as she is an artist. She was constantly checking If I was doing fine and I love my tattoo. Everbody is super friendly and I can't wait until my next appointment.
Jacob Hush
12 Jun 2017
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Black diamond is great! I've been working with judd on a sleeve and he is awesome! Great work and great place to get any work done.
Serkan Kaya
8 Jun 2017
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Juan Gollaz is a great artist! Next time when i'm gonna visit LA, i will go again to him! He is very friendly and his work is art. The prices are absolutely acceptable. I recommend him to everyone wh... Read More
Juan Gollaz is a great artist! Next time when i'm gonna visit LA, i will go again to him! He is very friendly and his work is art. The prices are absolutely acceptable. I recommend him to everyone who likes realistic tattoos or other stuff. Thank you Juan, we will meet again for sure bro!! The whole team is very cool, thank you guys Greetings from Switzerland Read Less
Camden Brady
7 Jun 2017
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Been going to Charly for years he is a great artist and I always leave there extremely happy with my tattoos .. I havent needed or wanted to go anywhere or to anyone else . Thank you Charly for over 1... Read More
Been going to Charly for years he is a great artist and I always leave there extremely happy with my tattoos .. I havent needed or wanted to go anywhere or to anyone else . Thank you Charly for over 10 yrs of creating art for me 😃 Read Less
tamisha j.
6 Jun 2017
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I found this place on Yelp!! We came here spur the moment and they were able to accommodate the four of us. I had an idea of what I wanted and Nikki was able to draw it, it was perfect!! I am complete... Read More
I found this place on Yelp!! We came here spur the moment and they were able to accommodate the four of us. I had an idea of what I wanted and Nikki was able to draw it, it was perfect!! I am completely satisfied with her work and friendliness, I  would definitely recommend Nikki, thank you!! Read Less
Christina C.
4 Jun 2017
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Justin is amazing and one of the chillest guys I've ever met. I HIGHLY recommend him if you are looking for a new tattoo artist.I wanted a small tattoo on my collarbone and my friend recommended this ... Read More
Justin is amazing and one of the chillest guys I've ever met. I HIGHLY recommend him if you are looking for a new tattoo artist.I wanted a small tattoo on my collarbone and my friend recommended this place. I walked in without a reservation on a Saturday and waited about 45 minutes before Justin called me up. I let him know exactly what I wanted and he came back with the design shortly after. Even though the collarbone is one of the more painful places to get a tattoo, he told me he would pull at my skin in a way where it would hurt less. It ended up not hurting AT ALL.  It was a very quick tattoo but the fact that I felt no pain at all was very impressive. I wish he was the one who tattooed my ribs a few years ago because that artist did not care at all about how much pain I was in. Justin is also super meticulous and made sure everything looked perfect. I have multiple tattoos and this was by far the best experience. I'm moving back to the east coast soon, but I might try to get another bigger tattoo before I move just because I want Justin as my artist again. Read Less
Sarah H.
29 May 2017
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Nikki was super friendly and I will be back in the future when I figure out which tattoo I want! The minimum was only $80 plus a 15% tip! That's what I paid for a pretty simple wrist tattoo.They also ... Read More
Nikki was super friendly and I will be back in the future when I figure out which tattoo I want! The minimum was only $80 plus a 15% tip! That's what I paid for a pretty simple wrist tattoo.They also sell cool shirts for $20 on the rack. :) Read Less
Malene Bøgedal Jørgensen
22 May 2017
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I can deeply recommend Black diamond tattoo. Got my first tattoo done here (as a walk in client) and had such a great experience! I am deeply in love with my tattoo made by Justin, who by the way is s... Read More
I can deeply recommend Black diamond tattoo. Got my first tattoo done here (as a walk in client) and had such a great experience! I am deeply in love with my tattoo made by Justin, who by the way is so professional, kind and helpful! unfortunately i’m all the way from Denmark, but if i could, i will come back to Venice and get my next tattoo done here! Can definitely recommend this place to others! Thank you so much guys for the best service ever! Read Less
Cyrinda Rodriguez
21 May 2017
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Such an awesome job done by Melissa, her attention to detail and fine line work was impressive, and she was very warm and pleasant. Thank you so much for giving me a tattoo I will treasure forever!!!
Elle Y.
13 May 2017
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I was just here about an hour ago and I had a fantastic time. I was a walk-in, but there wasn't a long wait at all. The receptionist was really great omg she gave me tips on placement, did my stencil ... Read More
I was just here about an hour ago and I had a fantastic time. I was a walk-in, but there wasn't a long wait at all. The receptionist was really great omg she gave me tips on placement, did my stencil for me, and made sure I was completely satisfied with where it was on my arm. My artist was Charlie and he was really cool, too! This is the first tattoo I've ever gotten on my arm, so I was a little scared lol! But Charlie did my tattoo exactly the way I wanted it, and made me feel very comfortable. Will definitely come again soon! Read Less
Stephanie Wain
25 Apr 2017
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I worked with the amazing Ken Shingken, and he did an outstanding job! We were able to rework a design that I came in with, and he was very patient and eventually made a piece that I'm in love with! H... Read More
I worked with the amazing Ken Shingken, and he did an outstanding job! We were able to rework a design that I came in with, and he was very patient and eventually made a piece that I'm in love with! Highly recommend this place! Great vibes, great attitudes! Read Less
Kristen Pagano
23 Apr 2017
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I am in love with my tattoo that was done by Justin. This is the second tattoo that I have had done here and won't go anywhere else in LA. Thank you so much!
Ryan K.
18 Apr 2017
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I went in for a consultation with Charly to get a new tattoo and ended up getting my tattoo with him. The whole experience was flawless - he was very professional and made it clear that he would only ... Read More
I went in for a consultation with Charly to get a new tattoo and ended up getting my tattoo with him. The whole experience was flawless - he was very professional and made it clear that he would only do the tattoo if I was absolutely sure about it and had no hesitations.When I came in for the first session, the first drawing he did was not exactly what I was looking for, so after showing him a few more pictures, I waited an hour while he drew another one. This time it was perfect and we dove right in.The whole tattoo took around 8 hours, and I have no complaints throughout the whole process. The end result was fantastic and I can't thank Charly and Black Diamond Tattoo for providing such an awesome experience.Highly recommend!! Read Less
Judy H.
16 Apr 2017
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I visited Justin Jakus at Black Diamond to get my next tattoo, and cannot say enough positive things about the entire experience. I was a walk-in on an early Sunday afternoon. There were a few people ... Read More
I visited Justin Jakus at Black Diamond to get my next tattoo, and cannot say enough positive things about the entire experience. I was a walk-in on an early Sunday afternoon. There were a few people ahead of me on the waiting list, so I had to wait a bit. Completely worth it! Once I sat down with Justin, I explained what I wanted and showed him a few graphics for inspiration. Justin was great with designing my tattoo. He took his time making sure that I was comfortable with what he had drawn as well as size of the tattoo. I got the tattoo on my wrist - it took less than half an hour to get. Discomfort was the "normal" level you'd expect, so no complaints there. And I couldn't be happier with the end result!I highly recommend Black Diamond Tattoo! The place was clean, well organized, and everyone there was friendly. And Justin Jakus is awesome, especially if you're thinking of getting a fine lined design.This was my first visit to Black Diamond but I'm sure it won't be my last! Read Less
Joseph John
2 Apr 2017
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Had an awesome experience here! Waited a couple of hours because I was a walk in (from out of town) but Jacob did an amazing job with his sketches and designs. Gave me exactly what I wanted and was re... Read More
Had an awesome experience here! Waited a couple of hours because I was a walk in (from out of town) but Jacob did an amazing job with his sketches and designs. Gave me exactly what I wanted and was really thorough. Definitely would recommend!! Read Less
Christopher Lara
3 Mar 2017
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Totally worth the drive! I came down all the way from Hemet and all I got to say is just wow! Judd Bowman did a fantastic, beautiful, sexy, mysterious, and all sorts of words I can't use to describe, ... Read More
Totally worth the drive! I came down all the way from Hemet and all I got to say is just wow! Judd Bowman did a fantastic, beautiful, sexy, mysterious, and all sorts of words I can't use to describe, on my forearm! I recommend this shop to everyone looking to get LEGIT ink done! They work great with ya, will hear out your ideas, and make the whole experience incredible! I will definitely be going back and spending more hard earned cash! Until next time! � Read Less
Annabelle Fernández
21 Feb 2017
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Got my tattoo on a walk in with Justin who was super nice and helpful! He got exactly what I wanted down on design and finished it perfectly with great line work and lettering :) thank youuu!
Gracey L.
27 Jan 2017
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B eautiful experience with Juan G. throughout!!!L oved how thoughtful & excited he got about my ideasA nd I've full confidence he really cares about his craftC ouldn't've asked for a more caring and m... Read More
B eautiful experience with Juan G. throughout!!!L oved how thoughtful & excited he got about my ideasA nd I've full confidence he really cares about his craftC ouldn't've asked for a more caring and meticulous artist.K illed it with my tattoo; better than I could've hoped :]D idn't take much to set up the initial appointmentI contacted them over Yelp and emailA nd they were generally quick to respond~M ade it seamless to schedule coming in to see themO nly beef is that their website is a little slow...N o problems with parking, plenty of free side streetsD on't hesitate to give these guys a try, A+++ Read Less
Clara C.
23 Oct 2016
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After a disappointing appointment with another tattoo parlor, I was recommended this place by my brother. As soon as I came in, I was helped right away. Each artist has clean line work and their own u... Read More
After a disappointing appointment with another tattoo parlor, I was recommended this place by my brother. As soon as I came in, I was helped right away. Each artist has clean line work and their own unique style. After looking through their portfolios, I ended up requesting an appointment with Ken that same day.The sketch was just straight up amazing. The tattoo, which was about 4 inches tall & 3 wide, took around 1.5 hours to finish. Ken did an awesome job - from great art to humble service. The place has a great atmosphere: art everywhere, clean workspaces, a good flow of customers, and a comfortable and wonderful staff. Everyone was helpful and friendly. I could not recommend this place more - so if you're looking for a great tattoo business, go here! Read Less
Sue C.
9 Oct 2016
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I went in for a consultation with Judd Bowman and ended up getting my tattoo with him. It's perfect. I'm so in love. He worked with me on creating the perfect piece that I had in mind, and even took 3... Read More
I went in for a consultation with Judd Bowman and ended up getting my tattoo with him. It's perfect. I'm so in love. He worked with me on creating the perfect piece that I had in mind, and even took 3 hours to re-sketch for me to bring my imagination to life.Place is clean and the artist use all the right measures to make sure the facility is kept clean and germ-free. Saran wrap everything! Read Less
Signe S.
11 May 2015
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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 d... Read More
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. Read Less
Shannendoah
13 Oct 2010
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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'... Read More
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. Read Less
kburnett56
8 Oct 2010
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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 actua... Read More
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 Read Less
sageadvice23
8 Oct 2010
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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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
shaung101
27 Aug 2010
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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 recommende... Read More
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. Shaun G. Read Less
spenser jeffrey
9 Feb 2010
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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 ta... Read More
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!! COME HERE! Read Less
sjhottie
22 Jul 2009
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Got some great color work done here. The colors totally pop. Even bought some paintings for my place. These are real artists.
AShea
13 May 2009
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I've been looking for a tattoo shop on the westside for awhile now and this is it! Everyone is super friendly and they have some great artists. Go to ENO he is an awesome artist and a super cool guy... Read More
I've been looking for a tattoo shop on the westside for awhile now and this is it! Everyone is super friendly and they have some great artists. Go to ENO he is an awesome artist and a super cool guy. You will not be disappointed! Read Less
coachwalker28
7 May 2009
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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 foun... Read More
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!!!! Read Less
jaw steals
5 Mar 2009
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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 environmen... Read More
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! Read Less
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Black Diamond Tattoo

Los Angeles, California
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412 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles California 90291
Monday
12:00PM-21:00PM
Tuesday
12:00PM-21:00PM
Wednesday
12:00PM-21:00PM
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Chy F.
15 Jun 2018
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I called as soon as they opened today to get a small tattoo for both my boyfriend and me and was told I couldn't make an appointment for small tattoos to just walk in before 7:30. We got in at 6:55 th... Read More
I called as soon as they opened today to get a small tattoo for both my boyfriend and me and was told I couldn't make an appointment for small tattoos to just walk in before 7:30. We got in at 6:55 there was only one woman waiting to be seen no one spoke to us as we stood at the counter for 10 minutes. Finally someone said "just put your name on the sign in list and someone will speak to you shortly" we had already written our names down so we just sat down.20 minutes goes by and the receptionist asks if the two names on the list was us and then continued on with her business.1 hour and 15 minutes after we signed in she calls us up and says that she doesn't think they can fit us in. Everyone that was working acknowledged the fact that we were waiting. If there was only one person taking walk-ins and he knew he wasn't going to take anyone else WHY wouldn't you tell us BEFORE we waited for a flipping hour. He was at the counter when we walked in. HE should have said I don't think I can take anyone else. The RECEPTIONIST should have said let me check and see if we can fit you in. And the second tattoo artist that got an attitude when we asked if she can take us next since we had been waiting so long and who was the only person who spoke to us when we stood by the door upon entry could have had the receptionist talk to us instead of showing her how to plastic wrap everything for her taking 30 minutes.I guess if you don't look like a grungy tattoo fiend, you get no respect in this joint. Read Less
David Matthew Shearer
7 Jun 2018
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The owner and all the artist are top-notch professionals. Great work (ethically & artistically). Would reccomend them 100%
Núria Gonzàlez Montalban
28 May 2018
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Ask for Nikki. She's the best. Beautiful colors, sharp drawings.
Gret's D.
27 May 2018
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Giving my first yelp review to dear Nike!!!! This girl holds amazing aesthetic sense n great patient lol. Worth a lil bit waiting, but I'm pretty satisfied with the first tattoo at a absolute remarkab... Read More
Giving my first yelp review to dear Nike!!!! This girl holds amazing aesthetic sense n great patient lol. Worth a lil bit waiting, but I'm pretty satisfied with the first tattoo at a absolute remarkable moment in my life done by her beauty‍ Read Less
Jon Jon Y.
8 May 2018
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Getting a Tattoo isn't a small feat, it requires a lot of thinking, planning, and precision to ensure you're making the perfect body modification with the perfect artistic/philosophical talent and ama... Read More
Getting a Tattoo isn't a small feat, it requires a lot of thinking, planning, and precision to ensure you're making the perfect body modification with the perfect artistic/philosophical talent and amazement. I researched thoroughly on Yelp before conceding with Black Diamond Tattoo. This was my first Tattoo, and as anyone knows, it can be a nerve-wrecking experience (the pain, the tolerance, the design).Rest assured, I came here as a Walk-In Basis Customer and I am amazed by their staff of Tattoo Artists. They are extremely friendly and chill (not slang by any means, just simply chillaxin' people). I was welcomed and instructed by the ways of getting a Tattoo and was told what to expect. I had to wait awhile, but that wait was worth it completely.My Tattoo Artist was Justin Jakas and that guy knows exactly what you want. I had a brief/vague idea of what I wanted, which was Icarus' Angel Wings Inverted, Influxed, and Staggered across 2 legs. I originally wanted them on my feet, but was expertly and experiencely told that it was impossible. Instead Justin figured out a even better, more perfect place to place the 2 Icarus' Wings.I can say I am extremely proud and absolutely pleased with the results. I love my first Tattoo and stare proudly at them whenever I get the chance. I feel like a walking art masterpiece and it also pronounces the sexy feel I wanted as Justin accentuated the sex muscles in my lower calves-legs. I have already booked another appointment with Justin Jakus to do Angel Wings on my upper back just because I know he speaks to any Tattoo-goers language. It's not just him, but the whole staff of Tattoo Artists know what you want, where you want, and when you want. I wholeheartedly recommend Black Diamond Tattoo for new Tattoo-goers up to Professionals for their next Tattoo Masterpiece! Read Less
Jacob F. Keller
29 Apr 2018
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This place is great for a first timer. Clean, professional, open and spacious. Everyone was very nice especially Melissa. She took very good care of me and was very professional. She asked me all the ... Read More
This place is great for a first timer. Clean, professional, open and spacious. Everyone was very nice especially Melissa. She took very good care of me and was very professional. She asked me all the right questions to make sure I my tattoo was perfect and exactly what I wanted. She is also an enormously talented artist. I was in and out in about 35 minutes. Thanks so much again! I love how the website had a list of etiquette rules and it was easy to set an appointment and pay the reservation fee online. Read Less
Kat W.
18 Apr 2018
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This is place is amazing. Best in Venice for sure after doing some shopping around. Not only are the artists friendly and helpful but the atmosphere is comfy and clean. IN LOVE with my tattoo by Nikol... Read More
This is place is amazing. Best in Venice for sure after doing some shopping around. Not only are the artists friendly and helpful but the atmosphere is comfy and clean. IN LOVE with my tattoo by Nikola Ivana (check out her IG @nikola.ivana). She was so sweet and patient, really took the time to get exactly what I wanted (and it turned out better than I even imagined). Gave me a great price too! Looking forward to going back here in a few weeks for more! HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Go here, you will not be disappointed. Read Less
Giselle C.
18 Apr 2018
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I had a great experience with Ken. He was detail-oriented and focused for the 2 hour process. And it turned out great!!! I want to emphasize the fact that my tattoo healed amazingly quickly and well, ... Read More
I had a great experience with Ken. He was detail-oriented and focused for the 2 hour process. And it turned out great!!! I want to emphasize the fact that my tattoo healed amazingly quickly and well, which is evidence of Ken's skill. I have a few tattoos which looked great the day they were done but then faded quite a bit during the healing process. That's not the case with this one - this one looks even better now. I'll definitely be coming back to Black Diamond. Read Less
Shaghayegh S.
2 Apr 2018
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I got my second tattoo at this place the first one was somewhere else, staffs are very friendly and welcoming, location is spacious and close to tons of other stores Incase you have to wait till your ... Read More
I got my second tattoo at this place the first one was somewhere else, staffs are very friendly and welcoming, location is spacious and close to tons of other stores Incase you have to wait till your appointment, and the more important part was my tattoo artist, I just explained what I want and had some drawings of the elements and symbols I wanted and came up with the final design, I am supper happy with the result I may go back there again... as they say tattoos can be addictive, and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to get some ink art! Read Less
Mohammed Alhaddab
17 Mar 2018
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Clean place..professional services..came as walk in..the artist made excellent suggestions and great work..
Carol P.
7 Mar 2018
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Got my first tattoo with Justin Jakus. Wouldn't go to anyone else. Problem is... I live in NY. That won't stop me. I will definitely be back. Black Diamond is fantastic, and Justin is a master tattoo ... Read More
Got my first tattoo with Justin Jakus. Wouldn't go to anyone else. Problem is... I live in NY. That won't stop me. I will definitely be back. Black Diamond is fantastic, and Justin is a master tattoo artist. Read Less
Valerie Q.
4 Mar 2018
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Great vibe. Be prepared to wait a long time (i.e. 5 hours) if you're trying to get a walk in and don't make it in 10 min before they open!! Got there at 12:15 and finally got in around 5pm. Staff is s... Read More
Great vibe. Be prepared to wait a long time (i.e. 5 hours) if you're trying to get a walk in and don't make it in 10 min before they open!! Got there at 12:15 and finally got in around 5pm. Staff is super friendly. I requested Justin after stalking his portfolio for months online. He's extremely talented, and also made me feel at ease right away getting my first tattoo. Made really helpful suggestions about placement and design that helped my idea come together beautifully.  Can't wait to come back in for my next! Read Less
Becca W
15 Feb 2018
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My husband and I took the week off and flew in from Chicago just to get tattoos here. We made appointments a month in advance. I had an appointment with Justin jakus and my husband had one with Ken. I... Read More
My husband and I took the week off and flew in from Chicago just to get tattoos here. We made appointments a month in advance. I had an appointment with Justin jakus and my husband had one with Ken. I sent in pictures and ideas and tried to consult with justin on the phone, but I was told that he would just talk with me the day I came in and that what I wanted wouldn't take long. When I came in for my appointment at 12:00 Justin asked what I wanted so I showed him the picture below and said "I want something similar to this, with the same bird". He then told me he didn't have time to do all of it because he had someone else scheduled at 4pm and I'd have to come back to get the rest done. I told him we came in from out of town just to get our tattoos. He didn't seem to care. Ken spent the whole day working on my husband's half sleeve the day before and also consulted with him beforehand. I was devastated that I wasn't going to get the same attention and time from Justin. I then agreed he could do part of it. I told him I wanted the chickadee sitting in different flowers - just like the photo below. He wrote the word "chickadee" down on a peice of paper and asked me what kind of flowers I liked. I told him I liked peonies and wild flowers but really was open to a lot of different kinds as long as they were all different. He told me to come back in an hour. I came back later and he gave me a small, poorly drawn outline of a sparrow sitting on a cherry blossom branch... ??? We again explained to him that I wanted a chickadee and he said "oh ok, let me look it up" and went back to his computer. At that point I was so fed up and disappointed I just got up and walked out. It was 1:37pm so he'd only have about 2 hours or less to work on it. What a total waste of time... Read Less
Kristin C.
7 Feb 2018
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Wow is all I can say. I went to Guilia who is guest tattooing and is in from Italy. She was awesome. She is extremely patient and so sweet. Her work is phenomenal. Off the chart skills!! I have a lot ... Read More
Wow is all I can say. I went to Guilia who is guest tattooing and is in from Italy. She was awesome. She is extremely patient and so sweet. Her work is phenomenal. Off the chart skills!! I have a lot of tattoos including two from the legend Mark Mahoney but the one she did is my absolute favorite by far. Her attention to detail is amazing. Lines are spot on and her color choice and coloring are flawless. She takes the time to listen and doesn't rush you during the consultation. While she was doing the tattoo (4 hours worth) she always checked in with me to make sure I was doing ok and comfortable.Random people stop me to compliment the tattoo and ask where I got it, that's how great it is. The Shoppe itself is overall awesome and the staff is super friendly, knowledgeable & professional. It's extremely clean, probably the cleanest and most sanitary shop I've seen. Carlo the manager who runs the place was so sweet and Bree the owner is a doll and overall awesome. She was super busy yet stopped what she was doing to answer my questions and give her professional opinion and has the patience of a saint, has a no bullshit attitude and tells it like it is which is super rare in LA! I appreciate this coming from NYC. I would highly recommend Black Diamond and definitely try and catch Gulia if you can. Best tattoo experience ever. Thanks again Guilia and Bree!! Read Less
Tez Arbertha
6 Feb 2018
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Tyoni Aragon has scared my right forearm in the WORSE way. Me and my girlfriend came in visiting from Oklahoma City. We wish we NEVER came to this place, I have a terrible scar from the shading she di... Read More
Tyoni Aragon has scared my right forearm in the WORSE way. Me and my girlfriend came in visiting from Oklahoma City. We wish we NEVER came to this place, I have a terrible scar from the shading she did on my arm. It was literally the easiest thing I think a artist had to do, my body is covered in tatts and this was the last thing I expected from this place. I recommend you go some place else. You can literally feel how heavy handed she was, I’ve had tatts from many artist, and I will NEVER have anything good to say about my experience at BLACK diamond. RUN AWAY FROM THIS LADY FOR SURE!!!!!! Other artist maybe alright, but not if they let her continue to tatt here! Read Less
Paige W.
2 Jan 2018
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Went here last week to get a small memorial tattoo. I had a consultation with Melissa a few weeks prior (I loved her portfolio and her Instagram). She listened to every detail I mentioned, she made ad... Read More
Went here last week to get a small memorial tattoo. I had a consultation with Melissa a few weeks prior (I loved her portfolio and her Instagram). She listened to every detail I mentioned, she made adjustments and suggestions based on placement, size, etc. Melissa made the entire experience very comfortable and chill, which made my walk in last week so much more enjoyable. She had it drawn up and ready to go when I got there! Amazing customer service! Will be going back for future ink. Also, the shop plays some bangin tunes while you get tatted, which just adds to the whole experience. A++ in my book. Not only was the customer service impeccable, but my tattoo looks amazing! Melissa took every detail into consideration when she tatted me, and I absolutely LOVE this piece. Read Less
Lizzy Brooks
29 Dec 2017
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I normally don't write reviews, but felt I wanted to just send my thanks to Black Diamond Tattoo! I recently got my first tattoo here and I didn't know what to expect at all. I'm an avid review reader... Read More
I normally don't write reviews, but felt I wanted to just send my thanks to Black Diamond Tattoo! I recently got my first tattoo here and I didn't know what to expect at all. I'm an avid review reader, so it was important that my first be at a place everyone loved. The reviews aren't wrong. Everyone at Black Diamond was so sweet and kind. I appreciated how patient they were with me. They could have easily been impatient or annoyed since this was my first, but they were so understanding and personable. I got mine on my rib cage, so it was a bit sensitive. My tattoo artist went slow and was detailed with me. He didn't make me feel bad about my nervous chatter (even though you're not supposed to--whoops!). He didn't dismiss me because I didn't know lingo or exactly what I wanted. We went through fonts and he altered it even down to the details of a single letter. No huffing or eye rolling. It felt like a super safe environment. Plus his mom came in and brought food for the whole staff, which I think shows the family culture and care of a place. :) FYI: there is an $80 minimum, so even my baby tattoo was $80. That being said, I didn't mind one bit considering the consult time and perfecting we did on the design. Super happy with it and the experience! Read Less
Courtney C.
29 Nov 2017
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My mother, sister and I all got similar tattoos done here. They were very accommodating, especially since my mom had them redesign hers more times than I can count (mind you, we all got the word "HOPE... Read More
My mother, sister and I all got similar tattoos done here. They were very accommodating, especially since my mom had them redesign hers more times than I can count (mind you, we all got the word "HOPE" in the style of our choice - yeah I know very basic. But there is a meaning behind this) I would definitely visit again, would love to get something with A LOT more detail. My sister has had previous work done here, she gets compliments everywhere she goes on her arm piece. Read Less
Rezza A.
18 Oct 2017
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Love Love LOVE! My roommate and I decided to get a tattoo (different designs, we not cheesy like that lol) we walked in on a Wednesday night around 6:30pm and were greeted right away. Everyone is very... Read More
Love Love LOVE! My roommate and I decided to get a tattoo (different designs, we not cheesy like that lol) we walked in on a Wednesday night around 6:30pm and were greeted right away. Everyone is very nice, accommodating and had a calming vibe. I got mine done by Justin and he is AMAZING! He's very meticulous and detailed with everything, which I appreciate very much as this is my first tattoo. I showed him the design I wanted and where I wanted it. He took it a step up with his attention to detail. It took about an hour and time just flew by. I listened to music and let the master do his work. I'm really really really happy with it! Thank you, Justin and everyone in Black Diamond! Already recommended this place to my other housemates Read Less
Ashley S.
11 Aug 2017
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Justin did a great job, not only for my sister in law for her first tattoo & he helped me fix a tattoo I had done years ago & gave me a beautiful straight line small tattoo on my wrist. I wanted a spe... Read More
Justin did a great job, not only for my sister in law for her first tattoo & he helped me fix a tattoo I had done years ago & gave me a beautiful straight line small tattoo on my wrist. I wanted a specific color and he was very informative. He made sure my sister in law was comfortable, knew what was going on & took his time with her. I will be coming back here soon for another tattoo !! Read Less
Jasmin F.
10 Aug 2017
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My fiance and I had an awesome experience here! We were both tattooed by Justin Jakus. Justin was extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. He made sure both of us were comfortable throughou... Read More
My fiance and I had an awesome experience here! We were both tattooed by Justin Jakus. Justin was extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. He made sure both of us were comfortable throughout the process. He gave great suggestions and was willing to work with us toward getting something we loved. Couldn't have had a better experience! Read Less
Tanya T.
5 Aug 2017
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I was a walk-in on a Saturday afternoon, not expecting to actually get a tattoo without an appointment. I wanted to take a look at their art books and make an appointment to discuss embellishments of ... Read More
I was a walk-in on a Saturday afternoon, not expecting to actually get a tattoo without an appointment. I wanted to take a look at their art books and make an appointment to discuss embellishments of tattoos I already have.  While I was accomplishing this, I was pleasantly surprised that they would take a walk-in for a very small tattoo that I also wanted. Sure, I had to wait a while, but I was surprised they would do it at all on a busy Saturday afternoon without an appointment. I was very happy with the tattoo that Melissa put together for me on the spot. Also, the studio was spotlessly clean (I am an RN and I KNOW clean), VERY laid back and friendly crew. Loved watching them work on other customers and marveled at their talent.  I am greatly looking forward to returning for more beautiful work from the talented crew at this AWESOME studio!!! Read Less
Katie S.
29 Jul 2017
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Melissa is SO great! I spontaneously decided to get tattooed while on vacation. Usually I would research an artist a little more before making the decision but I didn't hesitate at all after meeting w... Read More
Melissa is SO great! I spontaneously decided to get tattooed while on vacation. Usually I would research an artist a little more before making the decision but I didn't hesitate at all after meeting with Melissa! She understood the look I was going for instantly and made it even more perfect then I could have imagined! She was also very nice to talk to through out the session. There couldn't have been a better artist out there to do this tattoo for me, I feel very grateful to have found her!! Thank you Melissa! Xoxo Read Less
Bre S.
28 Jul 2017
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After spending over a year planning out my first tattoo, I went with a friend and finally pulled the trigger at Black Diamond Tattoo. After searching tattoo shops in the area and finding Black Diamond... Read More
After spending over a year planning out my first tattoo, I went with a friend and finally pulled the trigger at Black Diamond Tattoo. After searching tattoo shops in the area and finding Black Diamond on Yelp, with 250+ reviews and a 5-star rating, we knew we had found the place. We called ahead to set an appointment, and the girl at the front desk was nice enough to let us know it would be easier to just walk-in. We arrived around 3 pm on a Sunday. After emailing the chosen image and waiting about 45 minutes, Charly brought me back to the small, partitioned-off room in the back and made sure that the size/placement of the tattoo was clear (small, and on my robs in the front). Charly was professional and polite, allowing my friends to stand nearby and talk to me throughout my time under his needle. The pain was far less than I expected, and 15 minutes later I was looking at the EXACT design I had so hoped for. It healed perfectly, and Charly was kind enough to provide an email to ask any questions regarding caring for my tattoo I could think of.Everyone here was very professional, kind, and patient. Pricing is super reasonable, everything is very clean, and I would highly recommend Black Diamond to anyone looking to get a tattoo in this area - you won't be disappointed! Read Less
Carlos Dandridge
28 Jul 2017
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Im in awe of my new ink. Charly is an artist and I can't wait to finish the entire piece. He took my general ideas and created a masterpiece.
Derek Fenzke
28 Jul 2017
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I walked in on Wednesday, the receptionist was very welcoming. I described to him that I wanted to touch up my old eagle tattoo, all while adding a sun and skull. After looking at my tattoo, he recomm... Read More
I walked in on Wednesday, the receptionist was very welcoming. I described to him that I wanted to touch up my old eagle tattoo, all while adding a sun and skull. After looking at my tattoo, he recommended Tyoni Aragon as a suitable tattoo artist and I made an appointment the next day. I'm glad he did because my tattoo has never looked better. Tyoni transformed my beloved, but old and faded, eagle tattoo into a work of art. Tyoni's thick lines and shading really revived my eagle, all while keeping the original retro styling. The sun and skull she added perfectly mesh into a single piece of art better than I imagined possible.Thanks you Black Diamond Tattoo and Tyoni Aragon. Read Less
Shantessa Burnfield
27 Jul 2017
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So happy we read reviews and picked Black Diamond Tattoo. The staff was really friendly and made both my daughter and I feel really comfortable. We didn't have an appointment and they were able to get... Read More
So happy we read reviews and picked Black Diamond Tattoo. The staff was really friendly and made both my daughter and I feel really comfortable. We didn't have an appointment and they were able to get us in right away. The shop was very clean and the atmosphere great! I highly recommend this shop. Read Less
Selena D.
23 Jul 2017
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I went here a while back for a free tattoo a part of an Adult Swim event! I was super sketched out because it was free, so you just never know - I was so not disappointed. The shop was super nice and ... Read More
I went here a while back for a free tattoo a part of an Adult Swim event! I was super sketched out because it was free, so you just never know - I was so not disappointed. The shop was super nice and clean. The artists there did a GREAT job considering they were tattooing people back to back all day long. I waited 10 and a half hours in line but I ain't even mad because I know everyone's tattoos came out awesome! I would definitely go back here! I got a Rainbow Unicorn head and it still looks great and the color is still vibrant! Read Less
Ellen M.
22 Jul 2017
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Had the most amazing experience here with everyone! Everyone there was so nice and accommodating! I got a tattoo by Nikola as a walk in. She was incredibly nice and did an amazing job. They have so ma... Read More
Had the most amazing experience here with everyone! Everyone there was so nice and accommodating! I got a tattoo by Nikola as a walk in. She was incredibly nice and did an amazing job. They have so many different options for you to choose from, I would recommend then to anyone! Very well priced and efficient! The place is incredibly clean and easy to find. Parking is street parking but it's easy enough! Read Less
Vanessa Duarte
21 Jul 2017
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They are very professional and its a very clean environment the tattoo artist are very friendly and they do an awesome job with the art pieces... definitely recommend this shop👍👍
Frank C.
18 Jul 2017
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Best experience place was clean and the atmosphere was spot on Juan Gollaz is and amazing Artist he has the skills and passion for his pieces im glad I chose him for my son's memorial. Will be going b... Read More
Best experience place was clean and the atmosphere was spot on Juan Gollaz is and amazing Artist he has the skills and passion for his pieces im glad I chose him for my son's memorial. Will be going back to do second part.... Thanks Juan. Read Less
Michelle S.
18 Jul 2017
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Really liked this place. Nice and clean and they don't blast hardcore metal/screamo like most of the shops I've been to. Charly did a really great job of covering a tattoo I got a few years ago and ha... Read More
Really liked this place. Nice and clean and they don't blast hardcore metal/screamo like most of the shops I've been to. Charly did a really great job of covering a tattoo I got a few years ago and hated. Everyone was really nice and laid back. There's lots of residential areas around the shop so parking is pretty easy. Read Less
Thane T.
7 Jul 2017
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Accompanied the bride for her second tattoo here earlier today, and was as impressed again as I was the first time. Smart people, talented artists, clean shop, good vibe, great attitude. Charly is a r... Read More
Accompanied the bride for her second tattoo here earlier today, and was as impressed again as I was the first time. Smart people, talented artists, clean shop, good vibe, great attitude. Charly is a really cool guy who is as professional as they get, and everyone I've encountered at the shop has been helpful and pleasant. I recommend it without hesitation. Plus, you gotta love an artist who is as comfortable having the Cramps on the stereo as having Nat King Cole -- or vice versa. Much respect, dude. Read Less
D B.
29 Jun 2017
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I take all of my big important ideas tattoos to Justin jakus here at black diamond! I've never been disappointed, just blown away by the work his and creativity. I will keep coming back and I can't wa... Read More
I take all of my big important ideas tattoos to Justin jakus here at black diamond! I've never been disappointed, just blown away by the work his and creativity. I will keep coming back and I can't wait for him to do my other half sleeve Read Less
alice winter
13 Jun 2017
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Melissa is such an amazing as she is an artist. She was constantly checking If I was doing fine and I love my tattoo. Everbody is super friendly and I can't wait until my next appointment.
Jacob Hush
12 Jun 2017
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Black diamond is great! I've been working with judd on a sleeve and he is awesome! Great work and great place to get any work done.
Serkan Kaya
8 Jun 2017
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Juan Gollaz is a great artist! Next time when i'm gonna visit LA, i will go again to him! He is very friendly and his work is art. The prices are absolutely acceptable. I recommend him to everyone wh... Read More
Juan Gollaz is a great artist! Next time when i'm gonna visit LA, i will go again to him! He is very friendly and his work is art. The prices are absolutely acceptable. I recommend him to everyone who likes realistic tattoos or other stuff. Thank you Juan, we will meet again for sure bro!! The whole team is very cool, thank you guys Greetings from Switzerland Read Less
Camden Brady
7 Jun 2017
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Been going to Charly for years he is a great artist and I always leave there extremely happy with my tattoos .. I havent needed or wanted to go anywhere or to anyone else . Thank you Charly for over 1... Read More
Been going to Charly for years he is a great artist and I always leave there extremely happy with my tattoos .. I havent needed or wanted to go anywhere or to anyone else . Thank you Charly for over 10 yrs of creating art for me 😃 Read Less
tamisha j.
6 Jun 2017
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I found this place on Yelp!! We came here spur the moment and they were able to accommodate the four of us. I had an idea of what I wanted and Nikki was able to draw it, it was perfect!! I am complete... Read More
I found this place on Yelp!! We came here spur the moment and they were able to accommodate the four of us. I had an idea of what I wanted and Nikki was able to draw it, it was perfect!! I am completely satisfied with her work and friendliness, I  would definitely recommend Nikki, thank you!! Read Less
Christina C.
4 Jun 2017
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Justin is amazing and one of the chillest guys I've ever met. I HIGHLY recommend him if you are looking for a new tattoo artist.I wanted a small tattoo on my collarbone and my friend recommended this ... Read More
Justin is amazing and one of the chillest guys I've ever met. I HIGHLY recommend him if you are looking for a new tattoo artist.I wanted a small tattoo on my collarbone and my friend recommended this place. I walked in without a reservation on a Saturday and waited about 45 minutes before Justin called me up. I let him know exactly what I wanted and he came back with the design shortly after. Even though the collarbone is one of the more painful places to get a tattoo, he told me he would pull at my skin in a way where it would hurt less. It ended up not hurting AT ALL.  It was a very quick tattoo but the fact that I felt no pain at all was very impressive. I wish he was the one who tattooed my ribs a few years ago because that artist did not care at all about how much pain I was in. Justin is also super meticulous and made sure everything looked perfect. I have multiple tattoos and this was by far the best experience. I'm moving back to the east coast soon, but I might try to get another bigger tattoo before I move just because I want Justin as my artist again. Read Less
Sarah H.
29 May 2017
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Nikki was super friendly and I will be back in the future when I figure out which tattoo I want! The minimum was only $80 plus a 15% tip! That's what I paid for a pretty simple wrist tattoo.They also ... Read More
Nikki was super friendly and I will be back in the future when I figure out which tattoo I want! The minimum was only $80 plus a 15% tip! That's what I paid for a pretty simple wrist tattoo.They also sell cool shirts for $20 on the rack. :) Read Less
Malene Bøgedal Jørgensen
22 May 2017
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I can deeply recommend Black diamond tattoo. Got my first tattoo done here (as a walk in client) and had such a great experience! I am deeply in love with my tattoo made by Justin, who by the way is s... Read More
I can deeply recommend Black diamond tattoo. Got my first tattoo done here (as a walk in client) and had such a great experience! I am deeply in love with my tattoo made by Justin, who by the way is so professional, kind and helpful! unfortunately i’m all the way from Denmark, but if i could, i will come back to Venice and get my next tattoo done here! Can definitely recommend this place to others! Thank you so much guys for the best service ever! Read Less
Cyrinda Rodriguez
21 May 2017
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Such an awesome job done by Melissa, her attention to detail and fine line work was impressive, and she was very warm and pleasant. Thank you so much for giving me a tattoo I will treasure forever!!!
Elle Y.
13 May 2017
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I was just here about an hour ago and I had a fantastic time. I was a walk-in, but there wasn't a long wait at all. The receptionist was really great omg she gave me tips on placement, did my stencil ... Read More
I was just here about an hour ago and I had a fantastic time. I was a walk-in, but there wasn't a long wait at all. The receptionist was really great omg she gave me tips on placement, did my stencil for me, and made sure I was completely satisfied with where it was on my arm. My artist was Charlie and he was really cool, too! This is the first tattoo I've ever gotten on my arm, so I was a little scared lol! But Charlie did my tattoo exactly the way I wanted it, and made me feel very comfortable. Will definitely come again soon! Read Less
Stephanie Wain
25 Apr 2017
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I worked with the amazing Ken Shingken, and he did an outstanding job! We were able to rework a design that I came in with, and he was very patient and eventually made a piece that I'm in love with! H... Read More
I worked with the amazing Ken Shingken, and he did an outstanding job! We were able to rework a design that I came in with, and he was very patient and eventually made a piece that I'm in love with! Highly recommend this place! Great vibes, great attitudes! Read Less
Kristen Pagano
23 Apr 2017
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I am in love with my tattoo that was done by Justin. This is the second tattoo that I have had done here and won't go anywhere else in LA. Thank you so much!
Ryan K.
18 Apr 2017
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I went in for a consultation with Charly to get a new tattoo and ended up getting my tattoo with him. The whole experience was flawless - he was very professional and made it clear that he would only ... Read More
I went in for a consultation with Charly to get a new tattoo and ended up getting my tattoo with him. The whole experience was flawless - he was very professional and made it clear that he would only do the tattoo if I was absolutely sure about it and had no hesitations.When I came in for the first session, the first drawing he did was not exactly what I was looking for, so after showing him a few more pictures, I waited an hour while he drew another one. This time it was perfect and we dove right in.The whole tattoo took around 8 hours, and I have no complaints throughout the whole process. The end result was fantastic and I can't thank Charly and Black Diamond Tattoo for providing such an awesome experience.Highly recommend!! Read Less
Judy H.
16 Apr 2017
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I visited Justin Jakus at Black Diamond to get my next tattoo, and cannot say enough positive things about the entire experience. I was a walk-in on an early Sunday afternoon. There were a few people ... Read More
I visited Justin Jakus at Black Diamond to get my next tattoo, and cannot say enough positive things about the entire experience. I was a walk-in on an early Sunday afternoon. There were a few people ahead of me on the waiting list, so I had to wait a bit. Completely worth it! Once I sat down with Justin, I explained what I wanted and showed him a few graphics for inspiration. Justin was great with designing my tattoo. He took his time making sure that I was comfortable with what he had drawn as well as size of the tattoo. I got the tattoo on my wrist - it took less than half an hour to get. Discomfort was the "normal" level you'd expect, so no complaints there. And I couldn't be happier with the end result!I highly recommend Black Diamond Tattoo! The place was clean, well organized, and everyone there was friendly. And Justin Jakus is awesome, especially if you're thinking of getting a fine lined design.This was my first visit to Black Diamond but I'm sure it won't be my last! Read Less
Joseph John
2 Apr 2017
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Had an awesome experience here! Waited a couple of hours because I was a walk in (from out of town) but Jacob did an amazing job with his sketches and designs. Gave me exactly what I wanted and was re... Read More
Had an awesome experience here! Waited a couple of hours because I was a walk in (from out of town) but Jacob did an amazing job with his sketches and designs. Gave me exactly what I wanted and was really thorough. Definitely would recommend!! Read Less
Christopher Lara
3 Mar 2017
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Totally worth the drive! I came down all the way from Hemet and all I got to say is just wow! Judd Bowman did a fantastic, beautiful, sexy, mysterious, and all sorts of words I can't use to describe, ... Read More
Totally worth the drive! I came down all the way from Hemet and all I got to say is just wow! Judd Bowman did a fantastic, beautiful, sexy, mysterious, and all sorts of words I can't use to describe, on my forearm! I recommend this shop to everyone looking to get LEGIT ink done! They work great with ya, will hear out your ideas, and make the whole experience incredible! I will definitely be going back and spending more hard earned cash! Until next time! � Read Less
Annabelle Fernández
21 Feb 2017
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Got my tattoo on a walk in with Justin who was super nice and helpful! He got exactly what I wanted down on design and finished it perfectly with great line work and lettering :) thank youuu!
Gracey L.
27 Jan 2017
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B eautiful experience with Juan G. throughout!!!L oved how thoughtful & excited he got about my ideasA nd I've full confidence he really cares about his craftC ouldn't've asked for a more caring and m... Read More
B eautiful experience with Juan G. throughout!!!L oved how thoughtful & excited he got about my ideasA nd I've full confidence he really cares about his craftC ouldn't've asked for a more caring and meticulous artist.K illed it with my tattoo; better than I could've hoped :]D idn't take much to set up the initial appointmentI contacted them over Yelp and emailA nd they were generally quick to respond~M ade it seamless to schedule coming in to see themO nly beef is that their website is a little slow...N o problems with parking, plenty of free side streetsD on't hesitate to give these guys a try, A+++ Read Less
Clara C.
23 Oct 2016
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After a disappointing appointment with another tattoo parlor, I was recommended this place by my brother. As soon as I came in, I was helped right away. Each artist has clean line work and their own u... Read More
After a disappointing appointment with another tattoo parlor, I was recommended this place by my brother. As soon as I came in, I was helped right away. Each artist has clean line work and their own unique style. After looking through their portfolios, I ended up requesting an appointment with Ken that same day.The sketch was just straight up amazing. The tattoo, which was about 4 inches tall & 3 wide, took around 1.5 hours to finish. Ken did an awesome job - from great art to humble service. The place has a great atmosphere: art everywhere, clean workspaces, a good flow of customers, and a comfortable and wonderful staff. Everyone was helpful and friendly. I could not recommend this place more - so if you're looking for a great tattoo business, go here! Read Less
Sue C.
9 Oct 2016
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I went in for a consultation with Judd Bowman and ended up getting my tattoo with him. It's perfect. I'm so in love. He worked with me on creating the perfect piece that I had in mind, and even took 3... Read More
I went in for a consultation with Judd Bowman and ended up getting my tattoo with him. It's perfect. I'm so in love. He worked with me on creating the perfect piece that I had in mind, and even took 3 hours to re-sketch for me to bring my imagination to life.Place is clean and the artist use all the right measures to make sure the facility is kept clean and germ-free. Saran wrap everything! Read Less
Signe S.
11 May 2015
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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 d... Read More
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. Read Less
Shannendoah
13 Oct 2010
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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'... Read More
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. Read Less
kburnett56
8 Oct 2010
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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 actua... Read More
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 Read Less
sageadvice23
8 Oct 2010
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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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
shaung101
27 Aug 2010
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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 recommende... Read More
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. Shaun G. Read Less
spenser jeffrey
9 Feb 2010
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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 ta... Read More
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!! COME HERE! Read Less
sjhottie
22 Jul 2009
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Got some great color work done here. The colors totally pop. Even bought some paintings for my place. These are real artists.
AShea
13 May 2009
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I've been looking for a tattoo shop on the westside for awhile now and this is it! Everyone is super friendly and they have some great artists. Go to ENO he is an awesome artist and a super cool guy... Read More
I've been looking for a tattoo shop on the westside for awhile now and this is it! Everyone is super friendly and they have some great artists. Go to ENO he is an awesome artist and a super cool guy. You will not be disappointed! Read Less
coachwalker28
7 May 2009
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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 foun... Read More
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!!!! Read Less
jaw steals
5 Mar 2009
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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 environmen... Read More
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! Read Less
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