Most Popular Tattoo Styles
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Here are some of the best Phoenix tattoo artists and shops according to our research. If you think we should add anyone to the list or if you see anything that should be edited, contact us by clicking here
Erick “Dub” Weir
Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona and is the seat of Maricopa county since 1871. Phoenix sits on the southern central part of the state and is about 120 miles from the border of Mexico. You can find Phoenix, AZ halfway between Los Angeles, California and El Paso, Texas. The Valley of the Sun, or the Salt River valley, is home to cities like Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa. In the Mountain West region of the United States, there are many cities that play a more vital role to the economy than Phoenix. It serves as a communications, transportation and financial hub of the Mountain West. Phoenix spans 450 square miles and has a population of 1,321,000 as of 2000.
Phoenix: Character of the City
Phoenix is packed full of tree lined streets, surrounding mountains and architecture of the Spanish style. The city has a similar vibe to Los Angeles and just like Los Angeles, Phoenix is a city with many centers. From the Sky Harbor International Airport to the historic heart just west of the airport, Phoenix has grown to be a city made of a vast amount of land that goes from the volcanic mountains to the north to the Gila River far to the south and to the east where it runs into the vast desert valley. Phoenix is in a constant state of growth as many move there for the beautiful weather and millions come to visit for vacation and to get away.
You can find Phoenix at the convergence of the Salt and Gila rivers. It is positioned at very northern section of the Sonoran Desert and it has a dry natural zone and the saguaro cactus is the plant that is characteristic for the area. Just east of Phoenix you can find the Superstition Mountains which are a giant range of volcanic calderas that were formed over 305 million years ago. This mountain range has a high peak of around 3,000 feet. In the northeast you will find the Mazatzal Mountains and flowing to the west of this mountain range is the Verde River, which will end up going into the Salt River to the east of the city.
Phoenix sits in the broad valley which reaches out to the Colorado River and heads south to the northern mountains of Tucson. This is still the case, even though Phoenix doesn’t reach those natural barriers. The metropolitan area, or Valley of the Sun, sits at 1,100 feet in elevation above sea level. The eastern and northern ends of the valley rise into the volcanic peaks that surround the area and the rest of the area is level terrain that is marred with small mountains that are volcanic made of schist and granite. The most prominent mountains in the area are Squaw Peak, South Mountain and Camelback Mountain. These mountains reach around 2,700 feet above sea level.
The soil that makes the desert is alkaline and the river water and water in local wells is saline which contains other minerals. Dried mineral deposits cover many of the irrigated areas in the spots surrounding Phoenix. The mineral deposits in the dirt reduce and accumulate the soil’s productivity. With all this being said, water is surprisingly plentiful, and this is surprising because Phoenix is in the middle of one of the driest places in the region. Phoenix sits in the valley that covers an underground sedimentary bowl and it is able to hold onto great amounts of groundwater. On the other hand, the parts holding all the water started to be depleted at a fast rate and Phoenix has come to depend heavily on the Colorado River through the Central Arizona Project. This is an artificial waterway that runs 336 miles and extends from Tucson to the Lake Havasu on the border of California. To help the lack of water, the underground water is run into the city from the areas outside of Phoenix. Prior to this, almost all of the water for the region was used for the purposes of agriculture and even though there is a bigger share of the water being used for municipal purposes.
The city of Phoenix has a warm and dry climate that attracts a great deal of visitors during the winter months. The winter average temperature reaches about 70 degrees and the summers can reach highs of over 100 degrees. You would be hard pressed to find cloudy days as it is almost always sunny in Phoenix.
There is less that 8 inches of rain in a given year and it is usually divided equally between the summer and winter months. The “monsoon season” of summer sends any precipitation back into the atmosphere almost instantly by way of transpiration or evaporation.
None of the mountains in the area of Phoenix are tall enough to attract moisture to help Phoenix. The groundwater that flows under the city is what the city depends on almost entirely. The Gila and Salt rivers are used as a supplemental water source that is brought in to the area by way of the CAP aqueducts.
Phoenix City Layout
Around three fifths of the land within the city limits of Phoenix were underdeveloped until recently. A plan was proposed in the 1970’s to take these vacant lands and develop them through the infill construction which takes advantage of the infrastructure that was already there. However, Phoenix decided to annex the communities surrounding the city which expanded the space which accommodate the growth of the population.
With the growth of Phoenix, it has absorbed surrounding satellite communities and other independent cities that have really grown on their own. Included in this list is Fountain Hills, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Scottsdale.
The People of Phoenix
The majority of the people that reside in Phoenix are white and of European descent. There were many Midwesterners that settled in Phoenix and they came in waves. Now more than two fifths of the population identify as Hispanic and a large portion of the Hispanic population are from Mexico.
Phoenix, Arizona has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Golden Rule Tattoo, The Lady Luck Tattoo Gallery, Urban Art Tattoo Studio, No Regrets Tattoo Parlor, and Living Canvas Tattoos, Phoenix is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of around 1,500,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 226 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Phoenix. Google Places lists 262 different tattoo shops in the Phoenix area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. Divinity Tattoo currently boasts one of the largest selection of artists in the area, listing the following artists on their site: Dub Weir, Paolo Acuna, Nathan Zerback, Dan Mattingly, scott LaMadline, Ryan Campbell, Bruce Rivera, Nicole Laabs, Tyson Pedersen, and Austin West. When doing research for your artist, we suggest not paying too much attention to price because quality is much more important when you’re going to be living with the artwork for the rest of your life.