“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

  • Fantastic staff, great atmosphere. And willing to work with scheduling

    James Slaughenhoupt Avatar James Slaughenhoupt

    Came in as a walk in to consult with an artist for a touch up on a tattoo from another tattoo shop and was paired up with Jake. After a... read more

    Baylee Weeks Avatar Baylee Weeks

    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

    Bill R Avatar Bill R

    Charlie is by far the best tattoo artist of all time. He has always been extremely respectful and attentive through every single session (he’s done 6 tattoos on me so... read more

    Murie in Germany Avatar Murie in Germany
  • Fantastic experience, and would highly recommend… Martin gave my sister and I matching tattoos - they’re stunning and so special!!!

    teacherminda Avatar teacherminda

    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

    Justin Ellis Avatar Justin Ellis

    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

    morgan bayse Avatar morgan bayse

    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
  • 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

    Amanda Davenport Avatar Amanda Davenport

    Myself, husband and daughter all got tattoo's to honor my son who recently passed away. Steve, his wife and Chris were so supportive taking care of us. The... read more

    Angela Bell Avatar Angela Bell

    Very welcoming and professional. Willing to listen to your ideas and execute a better plan that works for you. A very safe and comfortable environment. Chris is my go to... read more

    Price E. Adams Avatar Price E. Adams

    Love this shop and how clean it is. The vibe is always good! I have tattoos from Jake, Martin, and Charlie. They all do amazing work!

    Amelia Dausch Avatar Amelia Dausch
  • 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

    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

    Electro Magnetic is a clean and professional shop. I have been working specifically with Martin on a custom leg sleeve. I could go on about how great he has been... read more

    Shannon Menees Avatar Shannon Menees

    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

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