Idle Hand is located in the Lower Haight district of San Francisco since 2004. Owned and operated by Holly Ellis since 2007.

We are open every day of the week from noon until 8pm. 

We welcome walk-ins every day. If you'd like to make an appointment please contact each artist individually. Contact info on each artists page or call the shop. We look forward to hearing from you!

For all other inquiries, email:

See our most recent up-to-date photos and news on instagram @idlehandsf

Deposits & Payment

We are CASH ONLY and do not take credit cards or personal checks. Shop minimum is $100. Deposits are required for all appointments. We can not make appointments over the phone unless a deposit has already been made. 

Please note, we have a strict 48-hour cancelation/reschedule policy for all appointments. Appointments made within 48 hours of appointment date will forfeit deposit if cancelled. 

Shop Rules

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

Due to the high volume of inquiries from tattooers and limited space, we have assembled an invitation-only guest policy, limited to those artists whom we know personally or to whom we have extended direct invitations.


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