Black Banditz Tattoo shop is a new spin on an old classic. When I walked in to Black Banditz on a rather rainy day, I knew this wasn’t an ordinary shop. Polished hardwood flooring, beneath walls decorated in macabre artwork, sets this shop apart from the rest. This gives the shop a classy air with vintage appeal. Despite animal skeletons and skull paintings, the tone was fun and light giving it more of a friendly hangout spot than just a tattoo parlor. Customers and artists were lounging on couches shootin’ the shit, resting after receiving some fresh ink.
The shop started in its new location by Adam Moonves, Dan Regan & Gio Artiga, with a grass roots beginning. I sat down with owner Dan Regan, to discuss the start of the Black Banditz movement. “It’s crazy, just one thing happens after another,” Regan says. Black Banditz originally started as a set of pop up shop tattoo parties run by Dan Regan and friends. There was nothing like it, you’d go to a party and get tattooed for free. The concept was original in conception, and genius. As word spread so did the parties, which eventually led to Regan and friends opening the first Black Banditz shop. Needless to say it did well. “We couldn’t make the rent on tattoo’s alone, so we decided to open a salon in the front to cut hair, tattoo’s were done in the back.” Due to complications with the owner, Black Banditz had to close down shop.
It was only a matter of time before the Banditz were at work again; they have reopened shop with a new operation on Melrose. Hence where I was now standing. The shop serves as a full headquarters for the Banditz “I’m just providing for the new generation. The kids, who promote for me, get to hang out here with their friends, get their haircut, get tatted, then at night we get ready and we go to work. Being a Bandit is a lifestyle.” Some of the members of the shop even have the Black Banditz insignia tattooed on them.
Everyone at the shop is friendly and hospitable, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The gentlemen have found a new spot to lounge on the weekdays, getting taken care of proper by the Black Banditz. The Gentlemen spent multiple hours just hanging out and chatting with the locals, and felt right at home.
We want to thank Dan Regan for having us in the shop and being so accommodating. Stop by Black Banditz Tattoo for all your hair and tattoo needs at
Black Banditz Tattoo Shop
7262 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA, 90046.