Placed along the quirky shops on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, CA, Black Banditz Tattoo Shop is the ideal space for alternative events. In addition to being a tattoo shop and a hair salon, this 12,000 square foot space is able to accommodate up to 200 guests and has one in-store event every month. Events often include live tattoos, art projections and a stage where D.J’s keep the music pumping (usually Black Banditz’s in-house D.J., Rick Rude). Events take place in the interior of the shop as well as in the outdoor back gated area, which is enclosed for events.
The shop has played host to a number of parties, including their own grand opening party in April. The event’s official title was the Black Banditz Grand Opening & Pre-Coachella LA Bash, which also helped benefit VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. This particular event was shop manager Dre Barranon’s favorite event that Black Banditz has held, due to the sheer size of the party and the support that they received from celebrities, friends and the artistic community. Celebrities included Jenna Jameson and Daviegh Chase.
Black Banditz is set to undergo some exciting new changes in the new year. Barranon has been very sly about what some of these new changes will include, but he did hint that vanity lights will be one of the changes that will help to enhance upcoming events.
“All I can say about the renovations is that it is going to be an absolutely different experience. The renovations will take the shop to a more mature and professional level,” says Barranon.
In the meantime, Black Banditz is currently planning their one year anniversary party. Set to take place in February, the party’s concept is still undecided but there is a possibility that there will be a battle of the bands between Black Banditz and neighboring clothing shop, Kill City.
If you are looking for a venue to host an art show, underground event or even a more unusual party, Black Banditz is the ideal space. Shop owner Daniel Regan is proud of his unique shop, and hopes for it to be the next great venue.
“We are a lifestyle shop that encompasses hair, fashion, music and tattooing,” says Regan. “We want to be the epicenter for cultural and underground events.”
-Sarah Osman. You can read more from Sarah on her Twitter page.