Shop History

Guru Tattoo was founded in 2002, by Aaron Della Vedova, with the sole intention of bringing together a small group of talented tattoo artists in southern California. His vision as a shop owner was to provide an encouraging, supportive and inspiring atmosphere so his artists could expand into new heights. This goal manifested itself into our original location on Garnet Ave in beautiful Pacific Beach. Quickly the shop gained notoriety for both its extreme talent, versatility of artists, and a professional, yet welcoming energy.  Good fortune continued over the years as an increasing number of quality tattoo artist showed interest in joining the Guru family. And like any growing family, more space was needed and so Guru Little Italy was born September, 2014.  Now with 2 beautiful locations and over a dozen of our nations top talents calling Guru home, it is safe to say that Guru has well established itself as one of the leading tattoo art collectives currently.

No matter how big or small, getting a tattoo is a big deal!  Walking into a tattoo shop trying to find a tattoo artist you connect with is often an intimidating and exhausting experience.  You need an artist that is not only talented but  also honors and respects you on a basic human level.  With a simple visit to Guru Tattoo, we feel you will clearly see that all of the staff and tattooers here understand that a foundation of trust and respect is needed, so that you and your chosen artist can come together, in a positive way, to create the very best tattoo!  That is why we are 100% committed to the creation of an environment that is friendly, safe and respectful, where the art and culture of artistic creation remain at our core.

Whether you are looking for a small token to remember a loved one by, or are ready for the commitment of a large sleeve or Back piece, here at Guru you can be sure to find a truly talented professional, working in the genre you are seeking.

So check out the portfolios, give the shop a call, or just come down and just say hi and let the work and vibe of our tattoo family show you what we are all about!