“This is an area with deep-rooted tattooing history. We aim to honor those roots while modernizing and improving artistic and technical abilities.”

Steve and Annette moved here from Philly and New Orleans.

Annette worked for JD Crowe, and when he offered the pair a chance to take over the famous Ancient Art Tattoo Shop in Chesapeake, they made it happen. The business was handed over and after minor renovation was re-opened as Electric Magnetic Tattoo in October 2016.


Annette was born in Washington D.C.  She grew up in SW Miami and learned to tattoo in Daytona Beach from Ms. Cindy Lael and started working with her in 1989. Annette had a traditional apprenticeship that lasted approximately 18 months.

She then was invited to work with the infamous Lou Scabaris in Miami at Tattoos by Lous. It was there that she met Troy Lane and Mikey Badda-Bing. She emulated the style they were doing in Miami at the time. 

In 2000 Annette was offered the chance to buy a shop in the downtown area of New Orleans and jumped at the chance to get it. She changed the name to Electric Ladyland 2 and started kickin ass! The shop grew very fast and was Voted #1 12 years in a row, starting with the first year it was opened!

“We started putting out solid work with strong lines and bright colors. Being a street shop, with plenty of veterans, we made it easy to draw in folks who wanted that style of tattoo. Our attitude is ‘let’s do it now, and its not a problem’. We were ready for anything that was thrown at us.”

Our Artists

Annette LaRue

Steve tiberi

chris williams

Martin Buechler

Charlie Ciggs

What our customers say

  • Copyed my son's name perfect she was amazing highly recommend family vibes among the artists didn't over charge me either

    sabrina wilson Avatar sabrina wilson

    I went a week ago very nervous to get my very first tattoo and Steve was my artist. He was so patient, making sure I knew exactly what was going... read more

    Amber Outland Avatar Amber Outland

    I absolutely adore the individuals that work here. And the atmosphere is great. This design was done by Bo to represent the military life my husband and I lived

    Ellasin Allen Avatar Ellasin Allen

    Martin is an amazing artist and just did a hell of a tattoo. This is my second one from Martin, and couldn’t be happier. The first one he did was... read more

    Dennis O'Hara Avatar Dennis O'Hara
  • Lester did my tattoo and I love it it was to honor my grandmother who passed away recently. He worked with me and what I wanted and negotiated the price... read more

    Loni Knockum Avatar Loni Knockum

    Great environment! Everything's Sanitise. Great people art is done amazing! I recommend it .

    Jay Antillon Avatar Jay Antillon

    They were very friendly and I love the work

    Kat Lawrence Avatar Kat Lawrence

    Excellent tattoo shop, lots of neat designs and a really friendly environment. Jake did my piece and I love it, I recommend everyone there and I will be going back... read more

    David Fleeman Avatar David Fleeman
  • Martin is awesome!! He did my first tattoo and he's such a nice and cool guy. He made sure I was comfortable the entire time and made sure I was... read more

    Kayla Prosper Avatar Kayla Prosper

    Great place clean and staff ready to help excellent work and prices.

    Tommy Morris Avatar Tommy Morris

    I only go to Martin for tattoos. He is extremely kind and talented. My most recent tattoo is my favorite one yet. He took his time to make sure it... read more

    Sarah Staie Avatar Sarah Staie

    Tattooed by Martin twice. Was recommended here by a friend and glad I was. High standards and awsome atmosphere. I will return. *Update* I have been there 2 more times, and... read more

    Wayne Vanderhoff Avatar Wayne Vanderhoff
  • This place is amazing!! They take walk-ins, everyone is super kind and professional, they'll answer any questions you have and make sure you have all the info you'll need. The... read more

    Emma Quinn Avatar Emma Quinn

    Been tattooed by 3 of the guys here let me just say they are hands down the best in the area!!Professional, creative and knowledgeable. My go to spot for all... read more

    Peggy Castellanos Avatar Peggy Castellanos

    Extremely friendly staff! Had my belly piecing done by Chris, I'm glad I chose this studio! Chis was amazing 😊 He guided me through everything and was gentle! It was... read more

    Ciara Coleman Avatar Ciara Coleman

    Went here to get a tattoo on my birthday. The staff were SO friendly and accommodating!! My fiancé also got his (first!!) tattoo and it was a great experience. Highly... read more

    Amanda Henderson Avatar Amanda Henderson

Monday 11am - 9pm
Tuesday 11am - 9pm
Wednesday 11am - 9pm
Thursday 11am - 9pm
Friday 11am - 9pm
Saturday 11am - 9pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Contact Us
757 485 8700

1005 Canal Street,
Chesapeake VA 23323