Owned and operated by Holly Ellis since 2007, Idle Hand has been a distinct presence in the Lower Haight for over a decade. We offer custom artistry in a professional environment, which reflects the deep and storied history of tattooing in San Francisco. While staying true to the roots of tattooing in SF, we also work to push the envelope of our craft by constructing individualized adaptations of classic work in an environment which promotes the creativity of artists and clients alike.

Whether you walk in and browse our over five hundred sheets of flash, spanning a century of tattoo history, for a piece of art that you need to have, or make an appointment to consult with one of our artists for a more individualized piece, we’re happy to leave our mark on you.

Feel free to email us at idlehandsf@gmail.com, call us at +1(415) 552 4353, or use the info on our ‘artists’ page to contact the artist directly to schedule an appointment.

If you’d like to keep up to date with what our artists are doing at the moment, check out our instagram: @idlehandsf

Deposits & Payment

We are a CASH ONLY establishment with a shop minimum of $100. In order to complete an appointment with us, we require a deposit. Please note that appointments CAN NOT be made over the phone unless a deposit has already been received.

We also adhere to a strict 48 hour cancellation policy. This includes rescheduling of said appointment. If not completed prior to 48 hours, the deposit will be forfeited.

Shop Rules

Must be 18 + and have a valid ID or Passport
No cellphone conversations inside the shop
Bring cash 

Due to limited space, and the high volume of inquiry, we have established an invite only policy for any guest artists who appear at Idle Hand.


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Guest Artists