One year ago when LA natives Adam Moonves, Dan Regan & Gio Artiga opened up a pop up tattoo parlor, inside Miguel De La Barracuda’s “Barracuda” on Melrose, people were anxiously awaiting to see how it would perform.. With the surprise of many, it did exceedingly well, and was the stomping ground to many of LA’s fashionistas and hipsters, who once a month filled the back parking lot to enjoy live music, art, style, and culture via branded events (including Dr. Romanelli’s Sobe Squamata).
When Black Banditz suddenly disappeared from the second story of Barracuda, rumors started to swirl around the LA crowd. Little did these people know that they had a plan.. Adam and Dan were taking their “pop-up” tattoo parlor to the next level with its very own retail space. However this time, it would not just supply tattoos, it would also offer a barber shop, an art gallery, and once per month parties which include live bands/DJs & food trucks.
Located along your typical trendy Los Angeles street, Black Bandizt is a breath of fresh air for the once withering Melrose Ave. Areas like La Brea and Fairfax, have run their course, and are starting to die down. What was once the mecca of all things “hip” in Los Angeles (and the US of A), has sadly become a tourist trap, lined with gyspy owned and operated stores filled with overpriced goods that are made in China. Im betting my dollar on Melrose making a return to its heyday…after all, when things become so obscenely irrelevant, they magically become relevant again.
With Josh Zad’s “Alfred” opening down the street, in the coming months, Melrose will soon be lined with every Beverly Hills/LA Private School kid with style, money, influence, and access (although sometimes too much).
Not only do Adam, Dan, and Gio offer a place to transform ones entire look, from head to toe, they also offer a comfortable place for friends and locals to hangout, play video games, listen to music, etc.
Ive known Adam for about 4 years now, and have many great things to say about him. But I will highlight only one right now, which in my humble opinion, is the most important. While most of you reading this consider giving one dollar to a homeless person, on a street corner, a pain in the ass – smack yourselves. While shopping at the local Ralph’s, Adam will strike up a conversation with the bagger, who will mention his financial woes. The next day, said bagger will be staying on Adam’s couch, and eating Adam’s food. Hes just that kind of guy. I admire the fact that somebody from such a wealthy family is so humble and kind to every passer by on the street.
Support small businesses like Black Banditz. Especially ones that are owned by young, creative, hard working guys like Adam, Dan and Gio. If you live in LA and need a dope hair cut, and a tattoo, then i highly recommend Black Banditz.
7262 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Owners Dan Regan (left) and Adam Moonves (right)
Giovanny Artiga, Dan Regan and Adam Moonves
How to become a Black Bandit:
SIT BACK & RELAX:
GET YOUR HAIR DID:
CHOOSE A TATTOO:
GET A TATTOO:
ENJOY YOUR TATTOO:
PLAY VIDEO GAMES:
LOOK AT THE PRETTY EMPLOYEES:
ATTEND THE PARTIES:
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC:
EAT THE FOOD:
BE A BANDIT: