Black + Blue Tattoo


The best tattoo shop in San Francisco, Black and Blue is a woman-owned, gender and POC-inclusive studio. 


With an eye for composition, contrast and color, and a deep love and passion for all styles of tattoos and art from every corner of the world, Michael DeMatty is usually eager to take on whatever a client may want, exploring different styles. In every piece he does, he strives to achieve stunning beauty and clarity with a unique touch, while showing a deep respect for tradition. Since getting his start in 2008, he has been determined to always keep learning and improving; Something his mentor taught him well.

As a gay man and a San Francisco Bay area native, it was important for Michael to find a shop that was open and welcoming to all people, which he found in May 2012 when he joined Black & Blue Tattoo. Before that he spent a year tattooing in the Castro district, and before that was serving an apprenticeship at another shop in the Mission district.

While many artists don't fix or cover up old tattoos, Michael is one of the artists at our shop who does take on certain cover ups. To see someone walk in unhappy with an unsightly old or half finished tattoo and walk out ecstatic to finally have something beautiful to show is deeply fulfilling to Michael. To him, it's just part of how tattoos can change lives. Another thing he does well which most artists won't do is bands, (arm or leg band tattoos). Also, while it may be difficult to find an artist to tattoo the genitals, Michael is experienced in penis tattooing and gluteal. With a private room, clients always feel comfortable and relaxed in the calming wasabi green environment. Michael is experienced and comfortable tattooing all genders and skin colors.

While he does enjoy creating custom pieces for clients, he also will gladly work with an image provided by the client. He enjoys working in many different styles, including blackwork, color, black & gray, western traditional, Japanese traditional, Polynesian style, small pieces, large pieces, white tattoos, and much more! His tastes in art and tattoos are as varied and eclectic as the music playing on his speakers!


Hourly Rate: $250-$300 (Depending on the amount of drawing or layout/stencilling needed. Bands are $300/hr.)

Minimum: $250-$300

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HOURS: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm