• Welcome to Guru Tattoo

    Quality adornments for the soul’s exterior since 2003.



Hello, and welcome to Guru Tattoo, home to over a dozen of our nation’s top tattoo art talents! For over a decade, Guru has been the place to go for quality, custom tattooing in southern California. With two amazing locations, each with a unique atmosphere designed to inspire both client and artist, we can give you the world class body art you have been looking for. Each tattooist has been carefully selected for his or her artistic style, dedication to the their craft, and last but not least, professionalism. To put it bluntly, we take what we do very seriously at Guru Tattoo. Enough talk though…

In our industry there is only one way to separate the talkers from the real deal, and that’s in the artist portfolio. We invite you to take a moment to check out our artist’s portfolios and decide for yourself.

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the halls of Guru soon!






The Shops

Our original location, Guru Tattoo Pacific Beach, boasts an upbeat, fun in the sun athmosphere while our newest shop, in Little Italy, has an urban, more artsy vibe found in the neighborhoods near Balboa Park & Downtown San Diego.


Consulting and ultimately booking an appointment with your chosen artist is easy. For general questions simply fill out the form under our Contact tab and one of our managers will get back to you within 24 hours. In addition you will find each individual artists email on their respective Artist Page.


Guru Tattoo is proud to offer 17 of the nations top rated tattooers in each of their respected genres. Hand picked by Aaron Della Vedova and the Guru family, this line up is truly unrivaled. Please take a moment to check out the artist personal pages and we are confident you will find the perfect match to your creative needs.


Once your Guru tattoo has been completed our commitment to you is not finished. We provide complete instructions for optimal after care and safety, ensuring that you and your tattoo leave our shop as healthy as when you arrived. Additionally, all of our artist tattoos come with a 100% guarantee. Touch ups for life!

Tattoo Removal

Guru Tattoo is now in collaboration with Evolve Tattoo Removal. San Diego’s top rated removal service. Allowing our clients to remove those old and or unwanted tattoos in the safest and most technically advaced manner available today. This, in turn, creates more options for you and your artist during the consultation period, thus expanding your ability to create the tattoo that you really have your heart set on without the constraints of old or unwanted work.


Above all the safety and health of our clients is our number one priority. With our professionally trained staff we work day and night to keep[ our shop as clean and protected as possible. Ensuring that not only our artwork is top notch, but that the environment itself is held to the same if not higher standard.


This shop is as legit as it gets.  I would compare this place to getting a fine Picasso painting done that will speak for itself.  These guys are as professional as it gets and extremely friendly.  Super clean shop as well.

I have been working on my sleeve for over a year now with Aaron D.  And he seems to know the exact colors to put in the right spots.  He mixes his own colors so you get a custom pallet that you can’t get at some average shop.

Do yourself a favor guys and check out this shop if you want a quality piece of work.

Aaron C.Yelp Review

So my daughter and I went in a week ago to get tattoos. We loved Dakota and the entire experience was wonderful. We would strongly recommend this fabulous shop.

Julie P.Yelp Review

I came to San Diego in hopes of finding a great, reliable tattoo shop. We walked into guru and immediately was impressed with how friendly the staff was. They took me and my friend as walk in appointments and only took about 20 minutes before we were brought back to our station. They were extremely kind and respectful and made sure we were satisfied with our design before working on it. There shop was extremely clean as well! All and all, I will most definitely come back to guru as well as refer my friends! Great first tattoo experience!

Stephanie K.Yelp Review

Visiting PB from Long Beach and wow, dope shop! These guys are super cool, friendly and their work is awesome.

Got a chance to talk to them about an upcoming body suit show that I’m definitely interested in coming back down for.

David M.

I was lucky enough to get a half sleeve done by Mateo Robles at both the little Italy location and the PB location. Both shops are top notch and very clean. Mateo did a great job on my black and grey half sleeve and I’ll definitely be back for more!

Michael R.

My boy Joe Caram is the best! I love his style!
The shop is always clean, and despite there not being a parking lot, I always manage to find a spot in front of the shop, no problem.
They are always very upfront about pricing too, which is something I always look for in finding a new tattoo shop. Go in and check them out! They always have everyone’s portfolios readily available to look at

Becca Y.

I followed Tim McEvoy from Art Junkies (Hesperia, CA) to this Guru Tattoo location to get some ink done.

There is a reason for that! For one, Tim worked on a dozen roses on me and when I decided on my next tattoo, I knew Tim would be worth a drive to San Diego.

The shop is welcoming and nothing intimidating. The artwork you are greeted with upon your entrance is awesome. There is a print on the left hand side of the wall that is just beautiful. Tim told me it is Guru’s owner’s work. Beautiful.

Melody V.

I’m not yelping about tattoo work, but wanted to give HUGE props to Natasha who answered the phone.  I was looking for an artist and she was so nice and helpful!  Big on customer service…  I love that.  Thanks!! 🙂