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Friday the 13th Tattoo Special- June 2014

Back by popular demand, Illuminati Tattoo Lounge will be bringing back their famous Friday the 13th tattoo special, where collectors can nab a $20 tattoo ($13 tattoo + $7 good luck tip) from one of the shop’s award winning artists. This is the biggest and best Friday the 13th tattoo event in Orange County, open to everyone 18 years old+ with valid ID. Arrive early to avoid the crowds, and please carpool to save on parking. Custom flash will be posted the day of the event. Please follow the shop and the individual artists on Facebook and Instagram for sneak peaks later next week. Please keep in mind, there is only ONE Friday the 13th in 2014!

Check out some pics from our December 13th, 2013 event (click thumbnails below for larger images):

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Valentine’s Day Tattoo Specials

The only thing better than getting a new tattoo, is getting one at a GREAT price from an award winning artist. The guys over at Illuminati Tattoo Lounge are doing it again, this time in honor of Valentine’s Day. On February 14, 2014 the Lounge will be offering Valentine’s Day related tattoos for only $33 (plus $7 tip). Each artist will have a flash art sheet available, and clients can choose from any flash sheet they’d like. The artwork will be Valentine’s Day related; think hearts, cherubs, roses, ect.

If you missed the lounge’s last event, the $13 Friday the 13th special, check out the pictures below. Plan on arriving as early as possible for the shortest wait, and as always… bring a friend!

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$13 Friday the 13th Tattoos- December 2013

For their grand opening on September 13th, 2013, Illuminati Tattoo Lounge (Orange, CA) offered a special $13 flash art sale which allowed new and existing clients the chance to inked for only $20 ($13 tattoo + $7 good luck tip). The special drew a steady crowd from 9am, until the shop closed it’s doors at midnight. Overall, over 200 people came through the doors to get tattooed by some of the finest artists in Southern California. Shop founder, Rafa Barragan, said the popular event has already brought a tremendous amount of attention to the relatively new tattoo shop in the heart of Orange County. “The $13 tattoo special is a great way for new clients to see what the lounge is all about, and meet the artists that call the shop home,” said Rafa. “The majority of our first time customers end up turning into repeat clients, so it’s all about exposing new people to the concept of a tattoo lounge.”

The $13 Friday the 13th flash special will run all day December 13, 2013, from 9am until Midnight. Due to the overwhelming response from Southern California tattoo collectors, Illuminati Tattoo Lounge recommends you arrive early, and of course, bring a friend.

A small sample of the flash that will be available:
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Walk-In Wednesdays Are Here!

Starting Mid-November 2013, Illuminati Tattoo Lounge (Orange, CA) will be offering walk-in tattoo sessions every Wednesday during normal business hours. Clients, both new and existing, will have access to all of the lounge’s talented tattoo artists with no appointment needed. Shop founder, Rafa Baragan, launched the promotion in an effort to help expose new clients to the award winning artists that call the lounge home. “We have so many talented artists, each with their own unique skill set,” said Baragan. By opening the entire shop up exclusively to walk-in tattoo sessions, Rafa hopes to bring new clients into the Illuminati Tattoo family on a regular basis. “Not everyone wants an entire back piece that takes 10-hours and this is the perfect opportunity for new clients to come in, discuss ideas, and see the talent at the shop.”

The promotion, which will run indefinitely, is the latest special offered by the Orange County, CA tattoo shop. Their $13 Friday the 13th tattoos drew such a crowd in September, that the line stretched around the building for most of the day. For those interested, Rafa plans on offering the Friday the 13th tattoo flash special again in December 2013. Clients can choose from flash art each artist has on-hand, for the incredibly low price of $13 ($20 really… $13 for the tattoo plus a $7 tip for good luck).

Follow Illuminati Tattoo Lounge on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram for the latest specials and events happening at the shop.

Best Tattoo Shop in Orange County, CA

The results are in, and Illuminati Tattoo Lounge has been voted one of the best places to get tattooed in Orange County, CA. Every year, CityVoter.com and Orange County Hotlist compile a “best of” list in various categories which users then vote on. After having their doors open for just 2-months, Illuminati Tattoo managed to grab the 3rd place slot and solidify themselves as Orange County’s premier tattoo studio/lounge.

“Our strong finish in the voting shows our commitment to quality, custom tattooing. At Illuminati Tattoo, we are always about quality over quantity,” said Rafa Barragan, shop founder. “The artists that call the lounge home love being challenged and work directly with clients to create truly custom works of art… there’s nothing “cookie cutter” about what we do.”

Rafa prides himself on having created an environment where both artists and clients can thrive, offering an open floor-plan with colorful walls and plenty of artwork on display. As soon as you walk in the door, you’ll notice this isn’t your typical tattoo shop with overpowering fluorescent lights, white walls, and the same old boring flash on the walls. The shop interior is done in cool blue tones, with wood flooring and a comfortable sitting area. Multiple television monitors fill the lounge, playing anything from NFL action to classic movies. On a regular basis, the lounge closes it’s doors early and hosts local art fusion nights, where local tattooers, artists and designers can get together and collaborate on new ideas and pieces.

Rafa has succeeded in not only opening Orange County’s newest tattoo studio, but rather a tattoo art collective where tattoo collectors and artists alike, can come together to push the envelope in the world of body art.

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Nightmare Before Christmas Tattoo

It’s almost Halloween time, which means you’ll be seeing lots of horror related tattoo galleries, with movie characters taking center stage. Since it’s original release back in 1993, no other Halloween movie has received as much fanfare as Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The movie follows Jack Skellington (The Pumpkin King) as he discovers a portal to “Christmas Town.” Impressed by the Christmas holiday, Jack sets out to transform Halloween Town into a Christmas wonderland with the help of the town citizens.

The fantastic imagery Tim Burton provides crosses over to the world of tattoos nicely, with full color pieces taking center stage. Poplar tattoos include scenes with main characters such as Sally, Oogie Boogie, Lock, Shock and Barrel, and of course Jack Skellington. Illuminati Tattoo Lounge founder, Rafa Barragan, has been working on this masterpiece-in-progress and is 4-hours in so far. You’ll want to stay posted for the updates as this project progresses, so please bookmark, share, and stay posted. Click each image for a larger picture. Book your next new school tattoo session with a member of our talented crew today.
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Bernini Sculpture | Black and Grey

You don’t need to take a trip to Rome to see world class works of art, just head over to Illuminati Tattoo Lounge in Orange County, CA. This amazing Bernini statue was completed by shop founder, Rafa Barragan, over the course of two sessions. Total time under the needle was right around 7-hours. Gian Lorenzo Bernini was an Italian artist born in 1598, known primarily for his stunning sculptures. He is often credited as creating the Barogue style of sculpture which emphasized the dynamic movement and energy of human forms.

Thinking about a fine art tattoo? Swing by the lounge or call and set up a consultation with one of our talented artists today. Specializing in custom tattooing across all styles and centrally located in Orange, CA, Illuminati Tattoo is California’s premier tattoo parlor & lounge.

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Keith Richards Black and Grey Portrait

The Rolling Stones might just be the most well known band in the world. Formed in England in 1962, The Rolling Stones took the United States by storm in the 1960’s and 70’s and were an essential part of the counterculture movement. One of the more outspoken members of the band was/is guitarist Keith Richards, who gained notoriety for illicit drug use and his candour about using heroin and other substances. Most recently, Keith Richards was voted the #4 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Keith Richards is seemingly larger than life… In an April 2007 interview for NME magazine, music journalist Mark Beaumont asked Richards what the strangest thing he ever snorted was, and quoted him as saying: “My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared … It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.”

Rolling Stones fans should check out the amazing detail that went into this black and grey portrait tattoo by Juan Zarate, of Illuminati Tattoo Lounge in Orange, CA. The lounge is home to some of SoCal’s premier black and grey tattoo artists. Book your next portrait session with one of our talented artists today.

Follow Juan Zarate on Instagram: @7juan4

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President Obama- Black and Grey

President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. As of today (September 14, 2013) his current approval rating is hovering around 44%. FOX News hates him… MSNBC loves him. At Illuminati Tattoo Lounge, we don’t judge… we just ink him!

Home to 8 full-time tattooists, Illuminati Tattoo is home to Orange County’s top tattoo artists, specializing in a wide variety of styles including new school, fine art, fine line, traditional work. Book an appointment for your next black and grey or portrait tattoo today… walk-ins welcome!

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Grand Opening Specials | Friday the 13th

Question: When is a $13 tattoo a good idea? Answer: When it is done by an award winning artist at Illuminati Tattoo Lounge!

Illuminati Tattoo Lounge is celebrating the grand opening of their new location at 436 N. Tustin St (City of Orange) on September 13th, 2013, by bringing back their “$13 Friday the 13th” deal for new and existing clients. This is a one day only special and is strictly first-come-first-serve, with no exceptions. Flash art will be supplied by the artist and CANNOT be changed, re-sized, or altered in any way. Must be 18-years or older with valid ID or you WILL be turned away.

In addition to the ever popular Friday the 13th special, the Lounge will also be offering palm-sized black and grey portraits for just $180. BOTH specials will be available for one day only (September 13th, 2013) from 9am until Midnight.

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