2113 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
Artists: Bill and Juni Salmon, Nervio, and rotating guest artists.
Run by Bill Salmon with Juni, his wife of 20 years, Diamond Club is anything but your average mom-and-pop shop. Both Salmons have spent their whole lives tattooing, mostly as a team. “Working with my wife everyday is fun stuff,” says Bill. “It’s a good time everyday.” Before opening its doors to the public just a few years ago, Diamond Club operated for 13 years solely as a private, appointment-only club that offered high-quality, custom pieces in a comfortable environment. While they do a little bit of everything, the shop, according to Bill, is mostly “all about color.” What they don’t specialize in is ego. Notes Bill, “We are just one of many out there in what is a great tattoo city.”
Eat: Rex Café, 2323 Polk St., San Francisco, CA, 415-441-2246; Reasonable prices and finger-licking-good comfort food like pot roast and meat loaf are the reasons people make Rex Café a regular stop when visiting San Francisco.
Drink: Shanghai Kelly’s, 2064 Polk St., San Francisco, CA, 415-771-3300; This is definitely the place to go if you’re a Steelers fan who finds himself far from home. Shanghai Kelly’s boasts a friendly atmosphere year round and a healthy dose of camaraderie on game days.
Spend: The Blues Jean Bar, 1827 Union St., San Francisco, CA, 415-346-4280; Modeled after a neighborhood pub, this jean boutique serves up denim from a long wooden bar. Kitschy and conceptual (the floor staff are referred to as “bartenders”), yes. But if it’s the perfect pair of jeans you’re looking for, this shop won’t disappoint.