813 DIVISADERO ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117-1505
Artists: Mike Davis, Henry Lewis, Justin, Greg Rojas, and Nick Francis.
“We are more or less the anti-shop shop,” says Everlasting Tattoo’s Henry Lewis about this staple on the San Francisco tattoo scene. “We’re more like a fine arts tattoo gallery.” Why? To begin, there is no flash of any kind in the store. Instead the walls are decorated with paintings by the artists, many of who have had shows at galleries in and around San Francisco. Owner Mike Davis, whose paintings and illustrations were recently featured in a show at San Francisco’s White Walls gallery, also had a hand in building everything in the store. Although they travel to conventions around the world (the studio recently attended a convention in Rome), they don’t enter contests. “We don’t believe in that sort of thing,” says Lewis. “The work speaks for itself.”
Eat: Nopa, 560 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA, 415-864-8643; Call ahead or sit at the first-come-first-serve community table and enjoy organic, new-American cuisine offered up by a competent staff.
Drink: Bar 821, 821 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA, 415-596-3986; Walk just a few feet to celebrate your new ink (or just take a breather between sessions) with suds from this “secret spot” marked only by a blue light. Just don’t go expecting shots; they serve no hard liquor.
Spend: Lower Haters, 597 Haight St., San Francisco, CA, 415- 864-6549; Find cool junk and funky, punk-rock- and hip-hop-inspired digs at this “Best of San Francisco” artist collective.