This plaque sits on Shoreline and Pine Ave, with this water fountain sculpture behind it.
It reads: “During WWII Long Beach was the Port of Call for thousands of service men and women. Many for the first time in their young lives were far from home, thrust into a global conflict with only their courage, honor, and commitment to defend the ideals of constitution, freedom, and democracy. Each found strength in the communal bond of service to their country. Lifelong friendships were forged with tattoos as indelible memories. In the midst of uncertainty, an R&R at the Pike provided a break from the stress, boredom, and loneliness. The excitement bonded individuals into an extended family of brothers and sisters experiencing a rekindled childhood aborted by war. The Pike experience was like a Carnival, and from this perspective the road home seemed less distant and the reasons to serve our nation magnified.”
We are so proud to be a part of Long Beach history and to be the oldest shop in the US. The Pike has seen countless people from all walks of life come and go throughout the years. There, they all found a sense of belonging and coming home. This plaque and sculpture honors tattoo shops at the Pike and the sailors who frequented them.