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El Cajon Location

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I went with Mason for my first tattoo. Not only was I politely greeted by his colleague George but I was given a consultation that settled my nerves enough to book a tattoo session. Mason is knowledgeable, funny, and a complete professional. My side piece looks amazing. I highly encourage anyone looking for a tattoo to come and check these guys out!


very professional family owned business. my tattoo artist is Tommy. What an artist he is. He has top notch talent and recommendations about my tattoo requests. He has a very steady hand for flawless outlines and does beautiful shadowing.
When I went in, Mason greeted me, listened to my tattoo concerns, and I found him to be very courteous, genuine, a down to earth man…and he makes an outstanding frappe freeze coffee drink. Yumm. I love Blue Tattoo Cafe. I’m going in for my 4th tattoo in the next week. Go see them!!! I highly recommend this establishment. It’s a very clean environment, very cool and talented staff, and coffee house too! Thank you Blue Tattoo Cafe. i love my tats!


I had a great experience at Blue Tattoo Cafe. I came into the shop because I had purchased a groupon and will definitely be back! My artist Mason was very friendly and professional. We sat down to discuss my ideas and a couple weeks later I came in to review the work; it was amazing! The shop is clean, bright, and easy to get to. When I came in to get my tattoo Mason and George were very accommodating. I’m going to recommend Blue Tattoo Cafe to all my friends!!!

Love the colors Mason picked out for my tattoo


I don’t even know how we came across this shop since my wife and I are from San Francisco but we’re ecstatic that we did. We purchased a Yelp deal for Blue Tattoo Cafe and thought we were going to get a small tattoo and just be done with it but after talking to Mason, the owner and our new favorite tattoo artist, he encouraged my wife to get a real tattoo, not just another little “stamp.”
From the start, Mason was extremely nice and gave his honest opinion regarding the tattoo which I find refreshing because I definitely have my fair share of crappy tattoos and I would have loved my former tattoo artists to speak up and have an opinion rather than taking my money and tattooing the small crappy tattoos I have that will look like blobs of ink on my body when I’m older. Mason is also extremely knowledgeable about the science of tattooing and takes his work serious. He uses top of the line machines and products for tattoos. The shop is super clean which as you know is one of the most important aspects of a tattoo shop. There is even a coffee shop within his tattoo shop…how effin’ cool is that- get a latte and some ink.

After enduring almost 7 hours of tattooing, (we seriously should have packed up sleeping bags and slept at the shop…) my wife got five butterflies on her lower calf/ leg area symbolizing her three daughters, the month we married, and me. I decided holding off on getting a small tattoo and come back to San Diego to have Mason sketch out and tattoo a memorial piece later in the future.

My wife and I will most definitely be repeat customers at Blue Tattoo Cafe despite living so damn far away- gives us a reason to visit San Diego and get kick ass tattoos.

Thanks again Mason!


just got my first tattoo here. My tattoo artist, Mason, did an amazing job on my tattoo. They truly care about their customer’s well being so shop is super clean and have an excellent safety and sanitary practice. i will for sure be back again.


Absolutely thrilled with Mason’s work. He did my third and forth tattoo’s and I’m extremely pleased with the results and impressed that he wanted me to be pleased still in ten years so he was honest in his opinion of placement and design. I appreciate that greatly. While in there, I was able to admire the pieces that are works in progress and he is a very talented artist and admittedly self taught, and for what I saw in his work and skills on his walls he is an incredible artist. I can’t say enough, it was a great experience and free touch ups, so I was definitely in the right place. They may just see me again some time, but next time maybe a piercing. ;-) . I did also donate toys, but their pricing is comparable to other places I had looked into before, and chose the charitable route and ended up with a suburb experience. I will be recommending this location to anyone that asks, they are definitely top in their field. Thanks Mason! You’ve won my heart! They also had a groupon for a tattoo party…what a cool idea!


i took my daughter here for her second tattoo. they are so nice and professional! george does some awesome work! and mason is very cool!


The experience was amazing!!! It literally was not painful! I got a hood piercing and idea of it was worse than the actual procedure! My very first piercing at Blue Tattoo Cafe in El Cajon by Mason! He was amazing!! Will definitely recommend him!! Thanks Mason!!!Tam | San Diego, CA


I HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE AT THE BLUE TATTOO CAFE WITH MASON… I GOT A HOOD PIERCING AND IT WENT VERY WELL HE’S GREAT… IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A PIERCING OR TATTOO THEBLUE TATTOO CAFE IS THE PLACE TO BE.Mercedes | San Diego, CA


Awesome shop…clean and safe! The guys are great artists and fun to hang with while you’re getting your tattoo done or just waiting for a friend to get theirs done! Totally put your faith in them if you want some ink!Qhasar | San Diego, CA


I had heard about Blue Tattoo Cafe from a collegue and my husband suprised me for my birthday by taking me to get a tattoo. We both got tattooed by Mason, what a great artist. Mason was absolutely awesome, he really listens to what we wanted to do, gave us suggestions to ensure we got exactly what we wanted. During the tattoo, he stopped and made sure I was doing ok and if I needed anything. The apprentice, George was also the nicest, always attentive to our needs. The atmosphere of Blue Tattoo Cafe is comfortable and the music is really relaxing. I recommend Blue Tattoo Cafe to anyone, not only the work is beautiful but prices are very very affordable. I already have my next tatoo scheduled with Mason. Thank you Mason and George … Great work!!


Blue Tattoo Cafe is awesome! I’ve had bad experiences with a previous tattoo shop so I was apprehensive, but am so glad I gave it a shot. Everyone is really nice, and the shop is super clean. Good communication, great prices and even better work. Went in with my husband for us each to get a tattoo, and I’ve already gone back for more! The friends I have brought in with me also love the place and the work. Highly recommended!Brandi D. | El Cajon, CA


Love this place! I’ve had permanent make-up done here by Mason, it came out amazing. My husband has had tattoo work done here that also came out incredible, I will be coming back here for my next tattoo instead of seeing my old tattoo artist who had done my two previous tattoos.Shana H. | El Cajon, CA


I got a tattoo from mason on 1-2-12 and I am very pleased with it and Mason. I would highly recommend blue tattoo cafeMichele S. | Lakeside, CA


I got my first Tattoo done by Mason, I was really nervous and not exactly sure what I wanted. He made me really comfortable and relaxed. His shop was really clean and everyone that worked there was extremely nice. My tattoo is fabulous I LOVE IT!!! and Ive since then sent a couple of my friends there and they were all really happy with his work also. He is a amazing artist and I will continue to go back to him.Jessica K. | La Mesa, CA


I went and got a tattoo here and I was pleasantly surprised. I had never heard of this place before but the artist did a great job on my tattoo. The place was very clean, the price was fair, and the employees were very friendly. I will definitely come back here again.Sean C. | Rancho Santa Margarita, CA


I was a little nervous about getting permanent make up, but turns out it’s a different kind of ink meant to last a year (or so). Mason and his team were very welcoming professional and patient, and his “cafe” nice and clean. I’d recommend him highly!Anne J. | Spring Valley, CA


This place was sick! Clean shop, friendly service, and great work definitely coming back for a more sophisticated piece in the future! Definitely ask for Mason!Dustin T. | San Diego, CA


I got my feet tattooed about a month ago by Mason, the shop is very clean and I am really happy about how my tattoos turned out.Jennelle W. | El Cajon, CA


This place is amazing. Evey one there is really nice and they do an amazing job. I love how they take there time to understand what you really want. I would recommend this place to everyone. I love mybrittanyingalls87


I was a little nervous about getting permanent make-up, but turns out it’s a different kind of ink meant to last a year (or so). Mason and his team were very welcoming professional and patient, and his nice and clean. i’d recommend him highly!Anne


I went and got a tattoo here and I was pleasantly surprised. I had never heard of this place before but the artist did a great job on my tattoo. The place was very clean, the price was fair, and the employees were very friendly. I will definitely come back here again.Sarah


Went for an iron cross tattoo. Walked in to friendly service and a super clean shop. Mason did the tattoo for me and it turned out sick!!! Definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a good tattoo!Dustin


My best tattoo ever. My tattoo came out beautiful I am definitely coming back for more!Salina


Fantastic! Cleanest most professional shop I have been to here in San Diego. Knowledgeable, fantastic artist who really take their time on your piece. I will recommend this to every person that I know. I will be coming back for more. Extremely comfortable place to be. PLUS they have a cafe thats connected with awesome Coffee and Sandwiches. AWESOME.Ron


Mason did a small tattoo on my foot and it turned out just as I had imagined it in my mind. He made sure that the design was what I really wanted, which I appreciate, because it’s important to me that my tattoos have meaning and that the artist appreciates that. Mason is professional and friendly and keeps a squeaky clean shop. It’s also nice that you can get a coffee or a snack from his cafe. No drama or snobby tattoo artists here, just nice folks who want to help you decorate your body.EKB