Tattoos >True Tattoo
1614 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA | Directions 9002834.100283 -118.329656
Mon - Sat, 1pm - 9pm; Sun, 1pm - 7pm
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Hollywood
Really great shop!! – So we all know how nerve racking it is to pick a tattoo place. I mean, we are getting crap put on us that is gonna be there for everyone to see practically forever. I've been to different places here in Cali and in TX and this place, True Tattoo, has been the best one. Great shop, nice and clean, approachable people. The hot towel thing they do after is painful, but so awesome. Tyson does really great work, clean lines, I always get compliments. I would highly recommend going here if you are unsure of where to go.
Soultastic! – Jeff is an exceptional artist who knows how to tune in to his clients on a spiritual and 'soul' level. Her work is impeccable. My piece on my arm is simply stunning
One of the best there is – So I had got this big piece of art covering my arm and the artist(D'mon) spent 4-5 hours each sitting for about 4 days.It takes a lot of patience as I had a lot of detail done,getting middle eastern art which is not even his specialty,and he still worked out an amazing piece.I have had a tattoo done before in Miami which is special in its own right but doesn't compare to what I got here.I would go there again to get a full back work done.Only complaint is good tattoos are addictive,if you get a good piece of art you want to get more!
Also the hot towel thing which they use is awesome.It immediately kills all bacteria,even though it pains a whole ton.Patent it guys!
form your opinion on what you know!!! – i used to live in LA but have moved out of state and i can tell you that i will never go to any other artist again. i will always come back to jeff page he has done both my arms with my boys names hidden in vines (first one while at another shop and then i followed him to true) and now i have a third child and i tell you i will fly back to cali to have jeff connect the vines across my back to my arms because he is a great artist. now i can not speak for the knuckles guy i dont know about it or his tattoo all i am saying is my own experiance. you CAN NOT judge a whole shop off of one tattoo, only the artist and the knuckles guy know what happened so for all the haters that form an opinion off of other peoples experiance is just stupid so relax and only write about what you know not what you hear or read. what i have seen from this shop is all good but that is my opinion not yours!!! jeff page is a great artist!!!
The place I go to when I'm in LA – I spent a few days at True Tattoo while in town on buisness,I saw this thread while looking for the adress and,(I've been tattooed for over 200 hours in the last 20 years so i know my way around the tattoo buisness) thought now that I've been to True a few times.. I'd put in my two cents.. I could go on and on about how clean the shop is and cool the guys are but I digress..There are basically two types of people who get thier knuckles tattooed..A: those who have run out of room on the rest of thier bodies and B.bad- a$$ motherfuckers(or wanna bes) who are trying to make a statement, so if you walk into a busy tattoo shop without an appointment (remember kiddies a busy tattooer is a good thing,unless he's busy selling a bong or adjusting his facial piercings)and man up and ask for knuckle tattoos the artist might respect your decision to join that club,and not take the time to hold your hand and explain every aspect of the endeavor. You only actually pay for the time it takes to do the tattoo, the time drawing the design and setting up and cleaning after, and the "consultation time" is all provided by the artist so if you are indecisive or picky I hope you tip well.. I found Will"the Butcher of Cahuenga"Card (ps. he says thanks for the nickname it looks great on his new buisness card) hard at work slaughtering fools and would get my knuckles tattooed by him but I'm still not sure if I'm a bad-a$$..While you consider the relationship between alcohoI and tattoo, I suggest you take a look at a book called New York City Tattoo or similar and you will find the american tattoo tradition ripe with whiskey bottles and fistfights.. drunken sailors and the drunker guys who had to tattoo them, and the people who carry on the tradition today ..far tamer by comparison..aren't usually the types who follow too many of societies little rules and I like it that way,its not brain surgery people..if it was you wouldn't go to "OTHER BRAIN SURGERY SHOP" who said they could do it cheaper....get real..
true tattoo-great shop-and taku rocks my world :) – so i have had two semi-large pieces done by taku so far.super talented guy. i went in initially with some ideas-he guided me toward what would go better with my body than exactly what i had in mind-like the colors i wanted-he suggested coloring that would better match my skin color(kinda pale yellowish haha) as well as he changed the exact placement i wanted and i ended up with a really well placeD tattoo that complimented the curve of my particular body.i get compliments on both pieces he has done all the time. also-he takes time to talk to you-no rush-he pulls out books from the many he has to respond to your ideas to get exactly what you both have in mind so you're on the same page.i went in last night to put the down on my next one-i trust the guy-he is super imaginative and artistic-i have left pictures i have a idea of-and i come back and the guy drew something so much more beautiful-blew my mind. if you want something high quality -see taku-last time i went in he was doing a huge full tiger back piece on a guy-honestly one of the most amazing pieces i have ever seen. i chose him because i wanted japanese tattoos-he is a perfectionist-you will not be disappointed.and the staff rocks too-the big guy with the mohawk is super friendly and knowledgeable-there was a pretty gal there when i got my first one-and she totally showed me all of hers done there-super nice and helpful chick. and the other artists come in to see what taku works on-they give feedback -gets me so excited to see the finished product myself! this place is super clean as well-and i love the private rooms-a plus for ladies getting tattoos in places maybe they would'nt want to be pretty much undressed for 4 hours for anyone to see :) .i will continue to come here-my next appt. is in a few weeks-i love taku!!
Great shop and Ive been tattoo'd by the BEST! – So I've been seeing a lot of reviews on here. Listen if this is your first tattoo and you dont know anything about tattoos...then go in and say hey can you fill me in on a few things to any decent shop and they should tell you what you need to know. Look through artists books and make a choice if that artist is right for you. Anyways i've had the pleasure of being tattoo'd by some good artists in la...marco and bryan at spotlight tattoo. However, True Tattoo is my new home. I like the relaxed nature of the shop. Its clean ....CLEAN! I like Traditional tattoos along with old school and script lettering. I looked trough all the books and talked to most of the guys in the shop and chose Will Card as my new go to guy. Now ....I've seen some of the reviews with stuff like "will butchered me" and all. Well my tattoo turned out perfect good healing time and great lines. Will is a great guy and he'll be honest and tell you what's up. Anyways, I have a few tattoos from will (my whole chest and lower forearm) and I get people wanting to know where and who does my tattoos. I've referred many people to Will Card and they've all had good experiences. GO IN AND CHECK IT OUT DON'T JUST READ SOME STUPID INTERNET REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Recent review of True Tatoo-Great talent and energy at this shop! – I wanted to post a recent review of this shop since I just went there for the first time a few weeks back and have read some negative posts (from what appears to be same person/event ) on this board. After years of seeing and hearing about the works and talents coming out of this shop and of owner/artist Clay Decker, I decided to book an appointment to see him. This was not my first tattoo but my first time visiting this shop. I first got there a bit intimidated by only having an overall mental picture in my head as to what I wanted done for a sleeve. I met with Clay and explained to him what I was thinking of doing. He spent some time asking me questions about my idea and showing me a few images for examples. I left there to come back a few days later for my appointment and very excited to start. Came back to shop a few days later to see the design and it was AMAZING! It was more than I thought I would get from the short time we met. He drew up an amazing piece and I could not wait to jump in that chair and get started! Clay went to work with very steady lines and concentration. The details he was able to do were amazing. While he was working, I noticed that a few of the other artists in the shop were stopping by to check out the work. They all seemed genuinely interested in work that was being done. It was a cool energy in that shop and everyone including the front desk was cool as hell. I was able to also meet and see some works currently being done of other artists there such as Taku and Will and they seemed great as well. I heard that if someone knows what the hell they are doing with a needle, the healing time (and pain) would not be so bad. I have to say that tat hurt the least out of all and I am healed enough to go back this week to complete the piece. If you?re thinking of going to this shop for work done, I highly recommend it! Book in advance as well because anybody who knows good work comes to this place.
Taku Does Amazing Work – Anyone interested in TRADITIONAL JAPANESE TATTOOS should drop in and sit down with Taku. He's one of the top young, up-and-coming tattoo artists in LA. He's from Japan, has been tattooed extensively by Horiyoshi III (the world renowned master of the craft), and is extremely creative. Taku did a half sleeve on my right arm and a 3/4 sleeve on my left arm, and his work is impeccable: clean and even lines, extremely fine attention to detail, stunning color and shading. Two years after the work was completed, I'm approached by people on a regular basis asking me who did my tattoos. After sitting with him for over 12 sessions of at least 4 hours apiece, I can say that Taku is patient, friendly, and humble. Book him while you can, he's on his way to being a star, his work holds its own next to even masters like CHRIS GARVER and CLAY DECKER (his mentors). While I personally haven't had any work done by True's other artists, I can say that the custom pieces I've seen them doing during my time in the shop is top notch. The shop is clean, well-lit, and comfortable.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SMALLER, GENERIC TATTOOS THEN TRUE TATTOO IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU. THEIR ARTISTS ARE AT THEIR BEST DOING AMBITIOUS, CUSTOM-DESIGNED WORKS ON A LARGER SCALE.
REVIEW BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE...... – I have had a personal experience at this establishment and it wasn't good......period. As for anyone who sais this review and the other negative reviews being written here are nothing but hearsay, that statement in itself is hearsay. Like some loyal patrons of this establishment seem to be posting reviews out of the thin blue just for the sake of raising the rating here on Citysearch. I along with those who have had anything less than a good experience will post accordingly. YESSSS....lets be fair.
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