San Francisco is a melting pot for artists, most particularly in the Haight-Ashbury location. Two forms of artistry that are very evident when you walk the neighborhoods of Haight-Ashbury are tattooing and body piercings.
It’s very interesting to point out, though, that most of the tattoo artists you find do not consider themselves as competitors. Camaraderie is alive and well among them. They consider themselves as stewards of the profession, and each encounter with one another is an opportunity to learn. There maybe a silent competition, but it’s all for fun more than anything else. Each one of these tattoo artists and body piercers has his or her own specialty and unique approach.
Among the tattoo artists, you can find experts on black-and-white, Asian, cover-up, animated, and many more, even henna. Body piercers can perform body piercings on any part of the body you would like to have it. Some artists will let you know if it is something you should or should not have or if the tattoo or piercings will look good on you or not. They will also be upfront with how painful the process will be. Braindrops, Soul Patch, Mom’s Body Shop, Cold Steel and Haight Ashbury Tattoo Piercing are just some of the few notable tattoo and piercing shops in Haight-Ashbury known for their “gentle” and customer-centric approach. Look for special discounts when you buy the jewelry at the location you are obtaining your piercing. Many customers come back for more and recommend the Haight-Ashbury for tattoos and piercings to people they know. Become a piece of walking art when you come out of these shops.