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***** Black Rose Tattoo Lounge is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, based on 50 reviews!

  • *****

    Kyle did my first tattoo, then my second, then my third and my back piece (10 hours of work for my back!). I was inclined to go here because of friend of mine left work early one Friday and came back on Monday with some new ink on her arm. it healed up so nice and the color combination was so complimentary. She told Kyle what she wanted and mentioned some color and he worked his magic on her. So I went in for my first tattoo, mentioned some colors and Kyle suggested two other colors that would make it "pop." After that first tattoo I entirely trusted him when it came to making tattoos pop. I constantly get compliments on the visible ones. My tats always healed up real nice...never raised and never uneven. If you're in for a long session like mine Kyle will entertain. He let me watch his Family Guy DVD series while he was working on my back. He's a great artist and he definitely knows what he's talking about.

  • *****

    I started getting tattooed at Black Rose when I was eighteen (so about five years ago) and I have loved it ever since. Kyle has since tattooed a huge portion of my body with a traditional Japanese motif, and his art is totally awesome. Not only does he have serious talent in different genres of art, he really does his research too. The entire shop is outstanding; their customer service is excellent and the place is nice and sterile. And if Kyle is unavailable to do your next tattoo, all of the artists at Black Rose can handle anything that walks in the door.

  • *****

    Recently went in with a friend to get my first tattoo. We had Erik as our tattoo artist--very cool guy. His portfolio is amazing along with the other tattoo artists at Black Rose. The place is nice and clean and the people are very nice. I definitely recommend this place for everyone.

  • *****

    I get my work done by Jasmine, who rules! Everyone at that shop is really cool and down to earth. And once your down there there's lots to do and a lot of good places to eat. The shop itself has a really good atmosphere.

  • *****

    I love this place, (except for Eric, whom I found to be a pompous ass!) I have been here 2 different times, and can not say enough good things about it. They only caution I would offer is to not let Eric do any work on you. Not that he does a bad job (I really like my piece done by him) he is just not very professional in my opinion. I will definitely be going back to get more work done. Cheers to you Black Rose, especially Jasmin... She rocks!

  • *****

    I went in to Black Rose a couple weeks ago and spoke with Eddie (who did my of my friend's tat's) and found out he loves working in black and greys. I already have a half sleeve and always wanted to make it into a full sleeve and that's exactly what I am in the process of doing now. Eddie is the man and hooked it up with a killer design and that is just the beginning. You can see him visualizing putting the tattoo on your arm before he even picks up a tattoo gun. He has been doing it for 16 years and I can tell. I am going back today to get the second piece done and can't wait.

    Look foward to the finish product...Thanks Eddie keep up the good work

  • *****

    My wife got her first tattoo here and the guys did a great job putting her at ease and did a phenomenal bit of art as well. Eddy is the man, when we are back in SD for our anniversary, we will both be hitting him up for some top notch work!

  • *****

    This past weekend I visited Black Rose tattoo after 2 years of wanting to get a tattoo that symbolized my 3 kids and OMG best choice ever!! All thanks to Mike! Mike is the BEST tattoo artist EVER! Honestly he knows what he is doing besides the fact that he's super clean and EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL he treats you like a friend always making sure your feeling ok asking if u need anything, I've gotten tattoos at different shops but I have NEVER received such great service and professional service like I did with Mike! This guy truly has GREAT talent and passion for what he does and that's the kind of people you want to tattoo you! Mike went beyond my expectations and what I had came in the shop with iam truly speech less with the results Mike gave me, iam soooooo happy and extremely satisfied with his work and talent. everyone who is thinking of getting a tattoo or wants one needs to ask for Mike not only does he take his time he makes sure the client is happy and is satisfied with his work. Mike changed my life with his talent and with something I'll always have for the rest of my life.. iam soooooo thankful Mike took the time to make me a veryyyy happy customer and forsure will come back to HIM! Mike Is the #1 go to guy for ANYTHING writing, color, pictures really ANYTHING he's that good!! His work speaks for its self honestly! If you visit the shop and he's not there get a card with his number and make a appointment he is will the wait if you want a great tattoo artist and a AWESOME tattoo! In my opinion iam iam sure in others Mike is the #1 go to guy for any piece ! Thanks Mike I love my tattoo and most importantly the story behind it and now I can look at my shoulder and feel great about that story behind my tattoo! !! Bless you

  • *****

    Best tattoo experience I've had yet and I've been tatted at four different shops. We came all the way from Ohio and the owner was a great host and Kenny tatted me and my girl up to perfection. Highly recommended and it's in a great location. Go see them if you want some fresh ink. From Ohio to Cali

  • *****

    Badass tattoo shops, guys are laid back but extremely professional. I'd recommend anyone from first timers to veterans.

  • *****

    Shout out to JP for giving me the perfect tattoo. All I wanted was a tiny moon and that's exactly what he gave me. Used two different sterile needles to insure the best tattoo and he made sure to get us in right away not to mention the best customer services and made sure to feel me in on what was happening thank you so much!

  • *****

    This is a really good shop to go to if you're interested in getting high quality, clean tattoos. I've been tattooed by JP several times and his work is amazing. He's super talented, and friendly, he has great customer service and always makes sure you're comfortable and that all your needs are met. All of the other artists here are also talented artists and are all super cool. I would never go anywhere else. I would recommend this shop to everyone!

  • *****

    I was referred to Kenny by my boyfriend Sam. I explained to him what I wanted (a profile of Queen Nefertiti) and he exceeded my expectations. Kenny was very attentive and was an all around amazing person. We spoke about family and the art of tattooing. Kenny was very clear about explaining the entire process, also how to care for my new tattoo! I felt very comfortable with him and highly recommend him.

  • *****

    So I got a great tattoo by JP today! It was perfect exactly what I wanted he is so sweet and kind. I would recommend him to everyone he's super easy going and over all a great artist. Thank u JP!

  • *****

    Thanks JP and Aaron! Thanks for the exceptional service.
    Highly recommended for your next tattoo!!!

  • *****

    I worked with Jp and he's the man. Absolutely hooked it up on a beautiful tattoo and worked with me to draw up the perfect design.

    Everyone in the shop was super friendly and inviting. From my understanding the shop is under new management and they're doing a great job.

    Definitely gained a returning customer and can't wait for my next piece from these guys.

  • *****

    I've gotten a few pieces from shorty and love his eye for detail, you can see from the photo posted at we are only the beginning of this piece.

    Great artist and with such a lovely eye for detail, really understands how to make a piece pop and stand out, wonderful people at the shop and just a fabulous experience as always.

    Couldn't ask for a better shop with such epic artists. Shorty is the man, amazing freehand work. Love the color

  • *****

    Great shop, great artists... Got a great piece of ink and had great time while getting it.

  • *****

    Joel did my first tattoo 2 weeks ago and I love it so much! He did just what I asked him to do and it turned out perfect.

  • *****

    Aaron without question is one of the best tattoo artists I have seen. He has done amazing work and continues to impress me with every piece I get done by him. I do not mind paying the price because as he says cheap tattoos aren't good and good tattoos aren't cheap. Super cool guy, nice to talk too and he is hilarious.

    The shop is very clean and close to everyone which makes for a fun environment when you're getting work done. I highly recommend checking the shop out and ask for Aaron you will not regret it.

  • *****

    excellence, hottness, and great work!
    So far i have been to black rose twice. the service is excellent. The staff there know how to help you and are willing to listen to what it is yoiu want. I have gone in there both times with a specific idea in my head and walked out with an amazing peice of art work. the firt time i went in there Erik, my artist was leaving for travel but stayed just so he could fit me in before he left. I didnt expect that expecially since i didnt have an apt or anything. this last time he got my best friend and i in on her birthdayday. he was great listened to what we wanted, talked to us and not only did he do a great job both of us + prep time+ drawling+ a 15 minute break between us only took about 2 hours. the other artist sit back and talk to you too and make you feel welcomed...overall its a great place..i'll never go anywhere else. not to mention Erik is a hottie! Pros: nice shop, nice people----- worth the parking problem Cons: its in PB so parking can be a b@#$

  • *****

    Hands down the best tattoo shop in SO CAL
    I live in Orange County and continue to drive down to PB because they are that good. They have an all star crew, awesome customer service, and their new shop rocks! No more parking problems!!! I told Kyle my idea, he drew up an amazing piece in no time, and after my 3rd sitting my sleve is complete and looks incredible. I have been tattooed at a few different shops and i will only go to Black Rose from now on. I would recomend these guys to anyone!!!

  • *****

    Best shop all around
    My name is Erik and I work at Black Rose Tattoo. Obviously the person below has a personal vendetta against me or my shop. Please come down and see how professional we are and the cleanliness of our studio. We are constantly praised by our customer service and this is a form of slander. We work with many

  • *****

    customer for life
    I have been coming to Black Rose now for the past 4 years, and have never been disappointed with how the artists have interpreted my ideas. They are amazing at what they do, and their shop is top notch. You feel welcome there and comfortable exchanging ideas to get the finished product you want. If you want quality work, you found your place.

  • *****

    Talented and Professional
    I've been going to Black Rose for 6 years. My artist Kyle has always done an exceptional job with his intrepretations of what I have wanted. They are and have always been a very professional shop. Their customer service is outstanding and everyone there is friendly and talented. Shame on the preson who left a negative review. Pros: Clean. Professional and Friendly Staff Cons: Parking, but for the service it's worth it.

  • *****

    Tattoo Virgin no more!!
    I recently got my first tattoo at Black Rose Custom Tattoo while on vacation. As I told my daughter.... I was very impressed at the cleanliness and friendly atmosphere of the shop. We walked in one morning just to ""check it out"" and ended up making an appointment to get ""Mother /Daughter"" tattoos. I was a tattoo virgin..... she already has a sleeve started and many more tats in various places. I trusted her opinion that the Black Rose was one of the best tattoo studios she has ever been in! The artist ERIK rocked!! He was professional, down to earth, patient, creative, and had a fantastic sense of humor. (Yes ERIK.. Rainbow Bright now has an anchor!!) I am a tattoo virgin no more, and would highly recommend Black Rose to one seeking to enhance their pale canvas with some artful color. Pros: Clean and professional Cons: Parking.. but worth the walk.

  • *****

    The Best in CA
    Black rose is the best place I have ever received a tat from , I will never go anywhere else. I have recommended atleast 10 friends who traveled 3 1/2 hours to and had outstanding things to say.The truth about you get what you pay for shows it right here at black rose. They are super clean, professional, talented and fixed my current work that someone else screwed up and did a job 10 times better, the color is rich and beautiful that Kyle added. Kyle is my favorite, cool awsome and inteligent. (just dont ever give him sushi lmao) Jim is awsome and kind too. Brad your awsome as well and hope everyone at the shop is doing well. Pros: Clean, and profesisonal, and tons of personality

  • *****

    Custom work at its finest
    I recently got a cover up of an old and not so good tattoo. I was amazed at how my artist Jim sat down with me and told me all the opinions there were available. He designed a tattoo for me that I thought to myself ( Will that really work) and it turned out awesome, even my buddies that use to give grief about my old tattoo cant even tell the old one is there. I learned by coming to Black Rose, just let the guy do his work and it will be great. Pros: parking in the back and good work

  • *****

    AAAAAMAZING
    This was my first tattoo at Black Rose but my fiance's third or so! They are the best tattoo shop around! They are all extremely friendly and help make sure you get exactly the tattoo you want! No problems with touch-ups and they make sure you are totally happy. We love them and will be back many many more times! Thanks Briana, you made our day with our tattoos for our puppy! You are an amazingly talented artist. Pros: Clean, friendly and extremely talented!

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    Loyal Customer
    I have a 1/2 sleeve on my right arm consisting of 4 pieces. My first 2 were done by Erik who unfortunately doesn't work at Black Rose anymore as far as I know and Jim did the last 2 pieces. All 4 pieces are FANTASTIC/BADA$$/PERFECT works of art!! These guys set the bar of standard pretty freaken high and while definitely not being cheap, your not draining your bank account like you would at Guru Tattoo. All in all, I have invested over $1200.00 into this place and I would not think twice about it!! Rock on Black Rose! Pros: These guys are creative/inovative/meticulous professionals!! Cons: zippo

  • *****

    Black Rose Tattoo
    Tattoo shops are known for attitude and each one definitely has its own style. As some shops go, there can be tattoo artists that just love to give the customer a playfully rough time. It can make the experience feel that much more real for the customer; it's all fun and games, until some one gets jabbed with a needle. Ask the kids on Real World La Jolla. They just shot their finale there! But that's all a part of the business at Black Rose Tattoo. Facing towards the beach on Mission Blvd, Black Rose Tattoo has stood tall for eight years as one of the more seasoned shops in PB. With four artists working full time, they have their hands full doing all sorts of full custom tattoos. They specialize in everything; from abstract graffiti to meticulous realism, and they can do all sorts of cover-ups. Walk-ins are always welcome and setting up appointments is just as good. The kicker is clients will pay by the tattoo, not an hourly rate, which is rare for tattoo shops. Black Rose also keeps its cleaning standards to the ones out in the Las Vegas casinos; it's ridiculously sterile, if you've never been to a Vegas shop. That's the business side. Walking in you'll probably meet Eddy; he's there all the time. Starting out in Las Vegas, he's been tattooing for 17 years, and knows his craft. In the old school way of tattooing, he'll probably say, gruffly, ""What-ya want?"" Don't let that fool you. He'll get you the best tattoo, but he'll definitely give a rough time about it. ""Fun loving a**-h*les,"" as he puts it. As old school and traditional as it gets. They're open at noon and won't leave until the last tattoo is done.

  • *****

    Well, I just finished my chest piece about 2 weeks ago and it's all healed up (look out hot tub!). Kyle is a great artist and works fast, we were able to get it all done in 3 sittings. The shop is really cool, I love getting tattooed there, friendly environment, clean, great artists, always good music coming out of the iPod. They're flexible about times and I'm totally allowed to eat pizza and twix's (which are seriously under rated) while I'm being tattooed, gotta love it. I'll be back there real soon.

    I would recommend it to anybody who's thinking about getting a tattoo/ more tattoos. You owe it to yourself to go to a real tattoo shop with real artists. Go check out their portfolios!!

  • *****

    Amazing. Keegan is bomb. We Highly recommend this place. love heidi and jaenee.

  • *****

    Really excited about this place! I just met and talked with Jasmine about a new piece for my legs and I'm scheduled for later next month (my schedule is booked). First off, I'm not a big fan of P.B. and parking is always crazy but I found a good spot off of Emerald and Cass Street. There is a little lot in the USPS office that is only $3.00 after store hours. Everyone at the shop was amazingly friendly, staff and customers. I brought my dog along for the drive and I was pleased to see two other dogs hanging out outside. Overall, great vibe, looking forward to my new tattoo!

  • *****

    I heard great things about this place by some friends that have gone there and def. glad i gave it a try. Went in yestereday to get a stupid tattoo covered and it turned out great!! I got kegan and he did an amazing job covering my tattoo with a beautiful rose. Everyone there is really friendly and unlike other shops i've gone to they dont make you feel like your just not cool enough to be in there. Excited to go back and get more work done!

    BY THE WAY KEEGAN MOVED TO INK SPOT OVER BY BELMONT PARK AND IS DEF WORTH FOLLOWING!

  • *****

    Everyone is really friendly and super talented. The shop has a cool vibe and Briana is amazing! I LOVE my owls! I can't wait to go back and get more done!

  • *****

    This place definitely gets five stars from me for a multitude of reasons.

    First off, let me start with saying, I have loved tattoos for an extremely long period of time. The reason I have never gotten any is because Im a commitment phobe firstly and Im extremely obsessive compulsive secondly. Im always afraid something will happen, artist will sneeze or something equally as lame and destroy my tattoo/life/etc.

    With that being said...the bf and I have visited Black Rose a few times over the past year or so just to look at their work, talk to artists, etc.

    We decided to take the plunge and actually get them yesterday. So we popped in, spoke to Brent, the shop apprentice guy who had us look at books and decide which artist we wanted.

    Im a fan of strictly old school, traditional, Sailor Jerry style work but the bf is more of a fan of new school, cartoon like ish. With the all the portfolios considered, we decided on Kyle feeling he had a good range of skills that would hopefully accommodate both styles.

    We were able to talk to him right away and he was actually able to fit one of us in that afternoon! We each wanted one so he scheduled one of us for Tuesday afternoon and one of us for Wednesday afternoon .

    I decided to go first since I have a better pain tolerance than the bf (*hearts*) and didnt want to chicken out.

    So we told Kyle both of our ideas and he said hed get my drawn up and see us in a few hours.

    Be reminded this is my first (of many, many) tattoos.

    And he did a really great job. He was great about making some fine tuning changes to the great drawing he came up with. He was super professional but also entertaining and is a fantastic artist. He took the design I had mentally, made it better and then made it beautiful on me. Its a perfect example of the style I love and what I wanted!

    ((And as far as the policy goes with not being 100% happy with an artist work, I know for a fact they will take care of you if there is something youre not pleased with. I wanted to edit some of the shading done on mine and Kyle was more than willing to have me come in once its healed. Sweet.))

    And as far as he bfs tattoo, it is out of this effing world amazing. We simply told him what we wanted having no idea what it would actually look like. The drawing itself was incredible, I was in awe the entire time he was working on it and the finished result absolutely blew me away. It is absolutely gorgeous.

    I will definitely be going back there for more things and I would most certainly recommend Kyle and Black Rose as a whole to anyone.

    Holla!

  • *****

    My husband and I first got tattooed here on our honeymoon back in 2008. For our anniversary yesterday, we returned and couldn't be happier with the work done by Aaron and Hunter. I got a small vinyl record on my forearm, and Aaron exceeded my expectations with the details - groove lines, shine, and everything! Hunter did some expert lettering - which was intended to match some previous tats - on my husband. You will not be disappointed with either of these guys. Their work is excellent.

    One of the shop owners, Chris, was there - checking up on everything and conversing with the clients. The whole place is clean, professional, and non-intimidating (especially for not-so-heavily tattooed folks who can feel intimidated in other tattoo places, like me). And everyone is friendly. The prices are reasonable, and we were accommodated as walk-in clients within minutes (at 4pm on a Friday afternoon).

    The succession of 5-star reviews say it all!!! We'll be back for sure.

  • *****

    So I started the night with my girlfriend and sister, it was one of those we are tired if the regular routine lets do something nights. I decided we were going to the tattoo shop. I had been here previously for my girlfriend to get a memorial tattoo done. The previous experience was so great, I thought what better place to start a random night out. The artist Kenny who had done my girls tattoo was there with another artist mike and really nice and intimidating at the same time guy I can't remember his name but I will never forget him. Everybody was welcoming and hilarious. Not having a clue where the night would go, Kenny was looking at how my girl's previous tattoo had healed. It was gorgeous!! Being a semi savant he asked if could touch it a little as his tattoo was added to an existing tattoo and he wanted to make sure they looked like they were done together. Here we go!!!! It was not long before my sister decided to get a Monroe piercing and told my girl she should too. 2 perfectly placed Monroe's and a nose ring into the night(thank you Mike), the should be a comedian super nice but still a little intimidating guy asked me when I had lost got a tattoo. It was really on now! Kenny drew the most incredible Viking I had ever seen. We did not leave until just before 2AM with by far my best tattoo ever. The should be a comedian super nice and not so intimidating anymore guy actually went and bought us tacos and soda. What an incredible night with some truly talented and very nice people. Who knew the tattoo shop would be the destination for a complete wonderful evening. Picture to follow

  • *****

    This was by far the best tattoo experience I have ever had. I walked in and had the pleasure of meeting Mike. He worked with me on my design and placement, was extremely patient and super helpful. I LOVE my tattoo!! He was also able to fix another tattoo of mine in just 20 minutes! I highly recommend Mike. Great tattoo artist! Great experience!

  • *****

    Trouble hooked it up! I walked into the shop on the first day of the year and wanted to get a tattoo that said FUCK CANCER for my mom who just got diagnosed with cancer and he literally took a loss on his part. My tat was made by Kenny who tatted me from 11pm til 2am and never batted an eye.. I heavily underpaid for a tattoo I will cherish forever. I love you guys. Thank you so much for such a meaningful tattoo. I recommend you guys all the time!

  • *****

    I got a amazing sick piece that should have cost more, but thanks to the owner Troubke he hooked me up with a huge memorizing piece of art for cheap and I love it.. its in memory of my sis God rest her soul I know she would love it to. Thanks Chopper for the perfect tattoo

  • *****

    This place is awesome great guys very professional!! I will get all my tats done here! Mike is so awesome! The best !! Oh and Kenny is awesome 2!!

  • *****

    Me and my sister decided to come in to get a random matching tattoo and they came out really cute! We got matching fish tattoos. I was tattooed by the "man of my dreams", tall dark and handsome with a beard. (He told me to say this) anyways my tattoo came out really cool! He did it at a good pace and it didn't hurt too much. Super professional. I'm very happy

  • *****

    Best tattoo experience I've had yet and I've been tatted at four different shops. We came all the way from Ohio and Chris the owner was a great host and Kenny tatted me and my girl up to perfection. Highly recommended and it's in a great location. Go see them if you want some fresh ink. From Ohio to Cali

  • *****

    These guys are awesome. I walked in yesterday to get my first tattoo and all the guys in the shop were super cool. I got tattooed by James Lachappa and definitely plan on going back for my next.

  • *****

    This was my first tattoo and I was in GREAT hands. Slim did an amazing job and made for such a good first time experience. I asked for a white rose with fine, thin lines and he had no problem delivering a beautiful rose that I can't stop showing off. I would recommend him hands down! The guys gave me the best price and comforting experience that I will forever rave about. I applaud Slim and his amazing work!

  • *****

    Andy created a piece that covers about half my back. It took us a total of four sessions and turned out beautifully. He is very talented and professional. If you are looking to get a high quality, unique tattoo, I'd highly recommend Andy.

  • *****

    My wife and I just had our second tattoos completed by Mark at Black Rose. We went back because Mark does awesome professional work. We have had other work done by other places but Mark at Black Rose is the best.

    -Mariana/Jeff

  • *****

    "Shorty" got us in on a friend's referral and did an amazing job. Quick and very talented. We didn't bring any pictures of what we we wanted but he was patient and drew it perfect. It was a birthday gift for my bf who had a specific leaf style and color in mind. He had a gentle bedside manner and the price was perfect. Thanks Shorty (Shon Gould)