A movie studio once stood where the tattoo studio is now.
From 1912 to 1917, "Flying A" was one of the top movie studios in the country, and it was located in the same place where Tattoo Santa Barbara is now.
One hundred years ago Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and stars of yesteryear like Mary Miles Minter were working on the very spot that Tattoo Santa Barbara now occupies.
The huge studio complex was beautifully designed and included stables for horses, dressing rooms, and a splendid glassed-in studio for interior shots. It was considered the best equipped and most artistic studio in the country.
Here is a gallery featuring posters and images from some Flying A pictures. To see more photos of the Flying A days please patronize our neighbor, Garrett's Old Fashion Restaurant. The walls are decorated with memorabilia.