About

“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

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

Lester Garcia

Steve tiberi

chris williams

Martin Buechler

Charlie Ciggs

What our customers say

  • Amazing, if you are looking to get a tattoo, look no further! The quality and quantity of tattoo designs and works are displayed along each and every wall.... read more

    thumb Tom Phillips

    Very friendly staff, I am happy with the work and will be going back.

    thumb David Moore

    Me, hubby, and my sister came and had a great time! Staff was amazing, very friendly and comfortable to be around. Chris did a great job and I'm loving it!... read more

    thumb Jenny Hyde

    This was my first tattoo and it was such a great experience! The entire staff was friendly and welcoming, shop was clean, and I really appreciated that they are taking... read more

    thumb Ashley Rose
  • Awesome job, great price. Update: went back a year after this tattoo with a concept. They helped me plan it and did an amazing job. So many people ask me... read more

    thumb Amanda Davenport

    Tattooed by Martin twice. Was recommended here by a friend and glad I was. High standards and awsome atmosphere. I will return.

    thumb Wayne Vanderhoff

    My experience was super awesome! Went there talked with Chris, he’s very cool and down to earth individual and made the atmosphere comfortable. We looked a few different tattoos lettering... read more

    thumb Erica Jones

    Wow Chris did a awesome job on my new tattoo I still have more tattoos to go and chris will be the one to do it. Ask for Chris he... read more

    thumb morgan bayse
  • My husband and I got couples tattoos here. We were walk in customers and Annette and her staff accommodated us and couldn’t have been more professional and friendly. Our tattoos... read more

    thumb TTV Roast

    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

    thumb Loni Knockum

    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

    thumb Ciara Coleman

    They were very friendly and I love the work

    thumb Kat Lawrence
  • Chris is phenomenal, he’s done a couple really solid pieces for me, love his work, the energy he puts out. He’s definitely my artistic choice. Each time I come in... read more

    thumb Dakarai Crowder

    Fun place to get some work done! Very Professional. Would highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to get some new tattoos.

    thumb jason hardee

    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

    thumb Peggy Castellanos

    Awesome experience! Very friendly staff (as opposed to other places I tried). Jake was awesome and welcoming! Lester hooked me up with my daughters name on my forearm.... read more

    thumb Justin Ellis

Open:
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