Purple Panther Tattoo
Purple Panther Design Inc
7560 W SUNSET BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90046-3413
Artists: Jessen, Emily Unsworth, Graham Chaffee, and Ace Farren Ford
You won’t find any heavy metal music blaring or stereotypical “tough guys” (read: assholes) with needles at this unpretentious shop. Specializing in high-quality, custom work and cover-ups, owner M. Alder stresses that it’s not about attitude at the Purple Panther. “The goal is to create an environment where people feel comfortable coming in with their own ideas,” says Alder. What you’ll get when you step through the doors of this shop are classically trained artists who work closely with their clients to create something unique. “I like my artists to have a previous background in the arts,” Alder says. Artist Graham Chaffee, for instance, was formerly a freelance illustrator and graphic novelist before picking up a tattoo gun. In fact, the Purple Panther’s strong commitment to the fine arts is so deep that it can be seen on its walls—the shop doubles as an art gallery.
Eat: El Compadre, 7408 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-874-7924. With red booths and traditional Mexican decorations, this is the place where Old Mexico meets Hollywood chic. Traditional dishes like carne asada, as well as that American standard, grilled porterhouse, share space on the menu.
Drink: Coach & Horses, 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-876-6900. This hard-tofind dive bar is known as much for its great cocktails as it is for its egalitarianism. Stop by for some great conversation in a casual, friendly atmosphere, but be sure to bring cash—they don’t accept credit cards.
Spend: Necromance, 7220 Melrose Ave., 323-934-8684. Pick up your own Pip and Flip business card holder at this weird and wonderful boutique. From bones to T-shirts with anatomically correct hearts to spider webs mounted in glass, if it’s the offbeat you are looking for, you’re sure to find it here.