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Tattoo parlor opens on site of former tattoo parlor in Gaslamp Quarter

Here comes the neighborhood

Handlebar hard at work in his throwback establishment.
Handlebar hard at work in his throwback establishment.

"We really wanted to bring back the feeling of those bad old days before the Gaslamp was a gentrified tourist destination," says Brad Handlebar, proprietor of The Nasty Needle Tattoo Parlor. "Back before they built Horton Plaza, when the area was mostly a place for sailors on shore leave. Back then, the only things you could find in this neighborhood were tattoo parlors, X-rated theaters, and underground fleshmarket bars," says Handlebar, whose shop is located midway between Hustler Hollywood and Fluxx nightclub. "I know it's hard to believe, but it's true. I was so excited when I found this location. I didn't change a thing."

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Handlebar hard at work in his throwback establishment.
Handlebar hard at work in his throwback establishment.

"We really wanted to bring back the feeling of those bad old days before the Gaslamp was a gentrified tourist destination," says Brad Handlebar, proprietor of The Nasty Needle Tattoo Parlor. "Back before they built Horton Plaza, when the area was mostly a place for sailors on shore leave. Back then, the only things you could find in this neighborhood were tattoo parlors, X-rated theaters, and underground fleshmarket bars," says Handlebar, whose shop is located midway between Hustler Hollywood and Fluxx nightclub. "I know it's hard to believe, but it's true. I was so excited when I found this location. I didn't change a thing."

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I can'r afford a house because I spend all my money on tattoo's, waxing, pink hair and smartphones.

Nov. 4, 2015

All my saving$ went for body piercings!

Nov. 4, 2015

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