The original Electric Ladyland was opened by Ernie Gosnell in 1996, and was sold to Annette a few years later, when Ernie went to open Lucky Devil in Seattle, Washington. Electric Ladyland II (Downtown) was opened on Frenchmen Street by Annette LaRue in February of 2000, after Electric Ladyland I (Uptown) proved to be a huge success. Formerly called “Orleans Ink,” Annette overhauled the shop and staff to be able to offer the best and cleanest tattoos to everyone in the Big Easy… both Saints and sinners.
In 2012, Annette decided to retire and pursue other interests and sold the shop to Ed Dieringer. Ed has worked with Annette for about 20 years, and both of them felt that the change was right, and that by “keeping it in the family”, that the lineage and name of the shop would be continued and that ELT would have no drop off in the high standards and name and reputation it earned over the past decade. (And, yes, technically it’s Electric Ladyland III..which also sounds pretty fancy!)
Located in the historic and colorful Faubourg Marigny, it is one block from the infamous French Quarter and nestled amongst the hip bars and restaraunts of Frenchmen Street. It is the original tattoo shop on Frenchmen Street, and has seen the area become one of the hottest areas for late nights and holidays.
Due to our location, tourists from all over the world stop by every day. From dregs to divas, we’ve tattooed them all – Christina Ricci, Lindsay Lohan, Donna D’errico, Al Jourgenson, Harry Anderson…We even tattooed Angelina Jolie’s name on Billy Bob Thornton! (before the breakup, of course… Sorry, BB.) Our long list of guest artists includes: Mike Wilson, Steve Tiberi, Martin LaCasse, HoriToshi, Bernie Perez (rip), Theo Mindell, Juan Puente, Jeff Rassier, Mark Longnecker, Andrew Snowden, Chad Chekso, Christopher D. Smith, Jamie Dehlin, Chris Merchant, Tim Creed, Brandon Bond, Bishop, Rocco and Pumpkin, Dave Woodard, Jason Boatman, Dave Noellert, Billy Bracey, Friday Jones, Dave Sobel, Bill Greenman, Barnaby from MOMS, Lisa Schmolt, Ms. Zoe, Ms. Deborah, Eric Jones, Adam Jeffries, Can Man, Eric Inksmith Jr., and many others. Some of our past permanent artists, like Scott Harrison, Jon Reed, Milford Barnes, Demian Bouchon, P.J. Blanchard, Mark Sewell have left and moved onto different levels of greatness!
This Shop is HUGE with almost 2000 square feet and so many designs we had to cover the ceilings as well! We constantly hear from our clientele about how snazzy our shop is and on the professionalism, courtesy, and the technical skills of our staff. How much jewelry do we have? A lot, we say! And merchandise! And We also have the cleanest bathroom in the city!! So don’t mess it up!!
Don’t want flash off the walls? No problem! We can design a custom tattoo for you that is yours and yours alone. Worried about cleanliness? Don’t! We go above and beyond when it comes to cleanliness and sanitation. We use autoclave sterilization (Monitored regularly by an independent monitoring service), disposable needles, single use ink containers, and all of our artists have been trained regarding OSHA’s standards regarding blood-borne pathogens and are fully licensed by the State of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals.
Wizard or lizard, eagle or beagle, come and see why we have been voted “Best Tattoo Shop in New Orleans” by the readers of Gambit Weekly over TEN straight years. Come and see why all the locals say Electric Ladyland is the ONLY place to get tattooed. Our artists are here to make sure that your tattoo and experience are the best you can get in NOLA, and pride themselves on their ability to make your tattoo dreams come true.
Be sure to stop by and see our collection of tattoo-related paintings and artwork. Our artists are constantly generating new work and we always have cool stuff in the shop to check out, or even buy!
Come on down and check us out, take a look at the portfolios, and you’ll know that when it comes to getting tattooed in NOLA, Electric Ladyland is where it’s at!
Electric Ladyland Tattoo Studio… a tradition of excellence. Tradition, before tradition was cool.