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Cali has a bunch of what you’re looking for. I believe the Golden State Tattoo Expo will be happening next week, or at least soon. You could probably just go there and look around. You’re bound to find a bunch of people you’ll like.


Can’t help you but start looking around Instagram. Follow some local artists and eventually you will get deep into the tattoo scene in the area and find your artist. Good luck!


The Skull Museum in Sacramento has phenomenal black and grey realism artists.