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

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

    thumb David Moore

    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

    I got a tattoo my little girl drew and it’s awesome. Lester did it and his lines are awesome as well as his shading. Definitely going back and hopefully... read more

    thumb Tony Moore

    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

    thumb Kayla Prosper
  • 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

    thumb Amber Outland

    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

    Chris is a phenomenal artist and a true master of his craft. I couldn't be more pleased with his work and when the financial stars align I will return for... read more

    thumb Nathanael Young

    The staff was amazing. Super clean. Did more than I expected. I was a walk in and they took me right away. Made suggestions and... read more

    thumb Doreen Chapman
  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    thumb Ellasin Allen
  • The team at Electro Magnetic are top notch! Steve took a complicated Celtic design from a low resolution image and turned it into an intricate and beautiful tattoo. 10/10 would... read more

    thumb Bill R

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

    thumb Tommy Morris

    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

    thumb Emma Quinn

    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

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