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  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  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  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

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

    thumb Jay Antillon
  • 5 star review  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

    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  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've gotten two tattoos from them so far and I love this shop! Super friendly staff, great artists, clean, professional, great pricing, I could go on and on! I'll keep... read more

    thumb Alexandra Kehl
  • 5 star review  Went into the shop on the 16th for a tattoo. Definitely recommend them all, 100%. classic tattoo shop feel and vibe, as well as they were very clean. all the... read more

    thumb Abby H

    5 star review  Chris was my Tattoo Artist! He was very creative with my tattoo’s , especially the Scripture one! He made me feel relaxed and made me laugh! Would highly recommend... read more

    thumb Teresa Sears

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  First we were walk ins and they were absolutely so awesome and nice and they were busy! I got a hand tattoo of a bee and flowers by Charlie (my... read more

    thumb Susie Chapman
  • 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  Great place clean and staff ready to help excellent work and prices.

    thumb Tommy Morris

    5 star review  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

    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

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