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

  • 5 star review  This is a great shop with very skilled artist, I've gotten 3 pieces done here now and love all of them . Definitely recommend this shop to everyone.

    thumb Candice Venable

    5 star review  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

    thumb Wayne Vanderhoff

    5 star review  Found out about these guys through Martin, who had already done some work on me. So I went in to get the rest of my arm worked on and the... read more

    thumb Carlos Molina S

    5 star review  Went in on Friday the thirteenth to get a tattoo with a friend and create some memories. Lester killed my rib cage heart tattoo! Solid line work and awesome shading.... read more

    thumb Monika Hartley
  • 5 star review  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

    5 star review  Fantastic customer service and the lady at the counter was very helpful and polite. My tattoo artist, Martin, provided great conversation and easily worked with my tattoo with no problems.... read more

    thumb Kibbles N bits

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  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
  • 5 star review  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

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  Absolutely love this place!! The staff is very friendly and the owner is very very nice! Everyone there goes out of their way to make sure that the customer is... read more

    thumb albert roddy

    5 star review  Chris was very professional great sense of humor. Very clean and sanitary.

    thumb Avis Hawkins
  • 5 star review  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

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  Great shop. Very professional and a reasonable price for the work that they do. I went in with an Idea of getting a Browns tattoo and they went above and... read more

    thumb Carter Riggenbach

    5 star review  I got my first tattoo back in 2019 by Chris and he was super awesome. Very kind and made me feel super relaxed. I just recently got another one by... read more

    thumb Erin Wilson

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