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Getting Inked | A Brief Look at Local Tattoo Culture

Getting Inked | A Brief Look at Local Tattoo Culture

March 15, 2018


Attention ink addicts and history buffs (bonus if you consider yourself both).


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is sharing a special exhibit on Tattooing, open now through April 15th.

The exhibit spans over 5,000 years, exploring different cultures and how the art has varied and evolved. Details are mapped out on Tattooing history, technique, and motivation for visitors to view. This exhibit is a fantastic visual journey, asking the question of what tattooing ultimately represents.



The museum’s Vice President of Exhibitions, Gretchen Baker, speaks to the LA Times on the value of this special exhibit: “this exhibition is trying to take what you see on the streets and kind of unpack it, go deeper, understand that this is part of this bigger human impulse to mark our bodies.”




Get your hands on discounted tickets when you purchase online through the NHM website here:




Whether it’s your first tattoo or your twentieth, preparation is key. Take the time to research shops, artists, and examples of work. Brainstorm ideas and reach out to/meet different artists to plan ahead for what you want (exactly how you want it) and when.


The LA and OC areas are prime areas to get tattoo work, so definitely take advantage of all great artists that reside here! We’ve put together just a few of our key recommendations; but remember that the more you personalize your tattoo and tattoo artist, the happier you’ll be.


Having an idea of what type of tattoo you want is essential - but it’s fun to explore all styles. 


Shop: Six Feet Under 

Artist: Corey Miller

Style: Grey Scale Traditional

Website: http://www.sixfeetunder.com/


Shop: Gold Rush (Costa Mesa) 

Artist: Lindsey Carmichael

Style: Colored Traditional

Webite: http://goldrushtattoo.com/

Shop: American Electric Tattoo Co. 

Website: http://americanelectrictattoocompany.com/


Shop: Shamrock Social Club

Website: http://shamrocksocialclub.com/

Shop: Winter Stone (Los Angeles)

Artist: Daniel Winter

Website: https://www.instagram.com/winter_stone/?hl=en

Shop: My Tattoo (Alhambra)

Artist: Jess Yen

Style: Oriental Tattoo

Website: https://mytats.com/index.html

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Size Chart


Not sure what size will fit you best? Refer to our Size Chart to determine your size in Stitch's for jeans, shirts, and jackets.
29 29" 35" S
36" S
37" M
38" M
39" L
40" L
42" XL
44" XL
46" 2XL
42 42" 48" 3XL

      TOP SIZE             CHEST              TRUE WAIST     ACROSS SHOULDER
S 37" 30" 17 1/2"
M 39" 32" 18"
L 41" 34" 18 1/2"
XL 43" 37" 19"
2XL 45" 39" 19 1/2"
3XL 47" 41" 20"


Measure under arms around the fullest part of the chest. Be sure to keep tape level across back and comfortably loose.
True Waist
Measure around the narrowest part of your torso. This is usually right below your belly button. Be sure to keep tape level and comfortably loose.
Low Hip
Standing with your heels together measure around the fullest part of your hips. Your lower hip is about 8 inches from your waist.