I love Studio City Tattoo!!! Probably one of the best tattoo studio in LA. Very clean and prices are very reasonable, and it's like Pirate headquarters.
I was referred by several friends and coworkers, that's the best way i think. You see a tattoo you like on someone and just (kindly) ask them who did their work. Word of mouth kept leading me there. So a few months later i finally went for it.
Illya did a cover up for me earlier this year, it took 3 sessions but you would never know there was a tribal underneath that crow, i love it!
Today Slim did a smaller tattoo on my forearm, i love it too. I wasn't sure about the font but when i saw the stencil on my arm i knew he was right, it turned out perfect.
(Very amused that Slim referred to me as "this young lady" given the fact I'm probably older than him).
Everyone there is very nice, helpful and really good at what they do (and obsessed with their little tattoo machines...bless them, I'm like that with my vinyls hehe).
I've only been tattooed by Illya and Slim; both are very talented artists, and i highly recommend them.
A couple of friends got tattooed by Capt. Dave, are regular clients and going back for more, and i hear only good things about everyone else.
Though they can do it all, I think each guy might have a specialty or preferred style so you make sure you check out their books and talk to them, or they have photos on their myspace page. I know Illya is a master at traditional Japanese tattoos, but mine wasn't and it turned out amazing.
Whether you want your first tattoo or are just continually succumbing to the addiction this is a great place to go to.
Obviously, just do your homework, tattoos are forever (well ok there's laser removal now, but i heard it hurts like a mofo...)
PS: Ladies! i forgot to mention that the guys at the shop are not exactly bad to look at either :)...that really helps distracting you from the little buzz of the needle digging in your skin...just thought you might like to know.