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Tattoo Profile: Tiger Tattoo has been serving the Spokane area since 1978. We pride ourselves on quality, cleanliness, and professionalism. Please browse our artist’s photo galleries to see examples of our work. We specialize in custom designs, but walk-ins are welcome. Gift certificates are available in any amount, and make a great gift for any tattoo enthusiast.
The Missing Piece
Tattoo Profile: We take our art seriously and we believe that shows in our portfolios. Whether you’re a first-timer, need to cover up your ex’s name, or want to work on a custom piece, we’ll make sure that when you leave the studio, you’ll leave with a tattoo that you’re proud of. We’ve also added a salon. If you’re looking to get some magic done on your wig, come see Stephanie!
Anchored Art Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: We innovate. We design. We’re a creative custom only tattoo studio with a customer service friendly attitude. With our many combined years of experience, our artist takes your idea or creates one for you and expertly makes it real.
Mom’s Custom Tattoo & Body Piercing
Tattoo Profile: I focus on mostly custom work, and the more realism involved, the better. But am capable of tattooing in all styles, and no project is too big or too small. I try to keep my portfolio up to date, so check back frequently to see what’s going on at MOM’S Custom Tattoo in Spokane!
On the Level Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: For a clean, professional, local tattoo experience, On the Level Tattoo is Spokane’s best option. A local tattoo experience that can easily rival that of larger west coast shops.
Garland Tattoo and Piercing
Easily the most popular tattooing business in the area is Anchored Art Tattoo, which is located right in the heart of downtown Spokane. The company has only been around since 2011, but they quickly established themselves as one of the prime spots in Washington to get tattoos and piercings. They have a large space and proudly display their artists’ skills on their walls. They might not be the best shop for everyone’s specific needs, but they do get consistently good feedback from their customers and they have a bunch of very talented artists on their roster.
The key to finding the right Spokane tattoo shop for you is to know what type of tattoo you want and then find a shop and/or artist that has a reputation for making that type of tattoo. Since most of the Spokane tattoo shops are pretty close to each other, it is pretty easy to go to each of the ones you’re interested in to see the work they have produced in the past and maybe talk to some of the artists about what you are thinking about getting.
Those who want to show their pride in being from Spokane or those who are simply proud to live there will often get lilac tattoos since Spokane is known as the Lilac City. The lilacs in these tattoos are pink since the city has a unique species of lilacs called Syringa Spokane. What’s great about getting this flower tattoo is that you can also use plenty of other meanings attached to the flower, which most people do. The lilac symbolizes early love and emotions, so it’s a good one to get if you want to remember the early stages of your relationship or if you know and take pride in being an emotional person.
Gonzaga University is also located in Spokane, so it’s not surprising that you will see many people getting the school’s logo on their skin. In some cases people will just get the angry bulldog that is found in the logo, and in other cases they will go all out and include the name of the university with the logo. These tattoos are especially popular with fans of the school’s sports teams and those that have played for any of those teams.
It’s also not uncommon to see people getting landscape tattoos in Spokane. Key parts of the Centennial Trail are located in the city, so there are plenty of great views to choose from if you were looking to add a landscape to a larger design or if you just wanted to show your love for the sights found in the city. These types of landscape tattoos work very well as sleeve designs or even as much larger back pieces.
The area of Spokane Falls and the land that surrounds it was a spot to gather and an area of focus for the indigenous people of the area for many thousands of years. This was because of the abundance of salmon in the Spokane River and the fertile hunting grounds that surrounded the area. The first of human kind to show up in the Spokane area were said to have arrived between the years of 12,000 and 8,000 years back when most were hunter-gatherers and they lived off the all the game the fruitful land provided. At first, the people that settled in the area hunted mostly antelope and bison but when the animals migrated out of the area, the people that were native to the land hand to start relying on nuts, roots, fish and berries. The local tribe called the Spokane tribe are said to be either direct ancestors of the tribes that migrated to the land from the Great Plains or the original hunter-gatherers who settled in this region. The people of the Spokane tribe said their ancestors came from “Up North” when asked by the early white explorers of the time.
The tribe’s center for fishing and trade were on the Spokane Falls. There were three bands of the Spokane tribe that lived along the Spokane River. They shared their Salishan language and culture with many other tribes in the area, including the Flatheads, Kalispels, Coeur d’ Alenes, Colvilles and Kootenays among some others.
During the early parts of the 19th century, two white fur trappers were sent from the Northwest Fur Company to head west of the Rocky Mountains to look for more fur. When they encountered the native people of the land, they were friendly with them. They became the first two white men to connect with the Spokane tribe and the tribe thought these two men were sacred or, Sama. The tribe helped the two men find shelter for the winter in the valley of the Colville River. As members of the tribe continued to die from smallpox, which had hit the tribe in 1782 in an epidemic, they realized the men were not sacred, nor did they bring and magic with them to help. It is said that almost half of the tribe died because of smallpox.
History of Spokane
Spokane was founded by James Nettle Glover in 1873 and it was the first small town called Spokan Falls. The E was added in 1883 and the “Falls” was dropped so we were left with simply, Spokane. Eastern Washington is well known for their natural resources. It’s got timber, mineral wealth and fertile soil, which eventually started to attract people. The current limitations of Spokane County were created in 1879 by legislature. Spokane Falls became the county seat after a very competitive battle with Cheney in 1887 but before that happened, it was incorporated in 1881.
Spokane Falls, Ellensburg and Seattle were destroyed by a large fire in 1889. It was one of the more eventful moments of the city’s history and the Pacific Northwest in general. It was called a night of terror and devastation, awful woe and suffering. The Great Fire of 1889 burned 32 blocks of the center part of the city so the response by Spokane was to start the rebuild immediately. In doing this, they rebuilt the city in a much grander way by using elegant and substantial brick, terra cotta and stone.
The Northern Pacific Railroad changed Spokane in 1881 and in 1883 it was linked transcontinentally. That very same year, Spokane had its first economic boom with the discovery of gold in the Coeur d’Alene mining district that was established as a service center by Spokane for the mines of north Idaho. By establishing the Inland Empire that went from Oregon’s Blue Mountains to British Columbia and being the main gate to the Pacific Northwest, Spokane was suddenly the center of regional commerce. The maps of the railroad showed the Spokane as the Imperial City, or center of the Inland Empire. In fact, Spokane had so much influence during this time that some people even proposed making Spokane its own state. Money was found by local investors through the mines and they used that money to quickly rebuild Spokane in 1889. There was big burst of energy focused on rebuilding the downtown area between the Northern Pacific tracks and the base of South Hill. The tracks were elevated above the street in 1914 and 1915 to try and minimize the traffic in the downtown area. The railroads were the big influence in both the appearance and development of Spokane. The railroads were the thing that made Spokane the epicenter of the Inland Northwest. Carrying out the wealth of the region and bringing new citizens into the town.
After rebounding from the 1893 national depression, the city began to experience another boom in the building industry and this was around the turn of the century. The downtown area was the focus of construction once again and in 1907, Spokane almost grew double in size to 37 square miles because of the extension of the city limits.
The 21st Century
Spokane is still in the process of making a transition to a more of a service oriented economy because of the less than stellar manufacturing sector. They have seen some success in developing the city’s strength in health and medical science fields which has resulted in an expansion of the medical branches of Washington State University and the University of Washington’s University District. With the scarcity of high paying jobs in the area, areas of high crime and some pockets of poverty, Spokane faces an uphill challenge but its something that they are sure to come out of.
If you want to give the Northwest a visit, Spokane is a great place to go. With a mix of nature and city, you can get all you want out there. Spokane is a great place to visit with a great people so when you plan your next vacation, think about Spokane.
Spokane, Washington has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Birds Eye Tattoo, The Missing Piece, Anchored Art Tattoo, Garland Tattoo and Piercing, and Feel Good Ink, Spokane is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. Because there are so many shops to choose from in the area, that means you’ll have a much better chance of locating a place that is both close to where you are and can do a great job on your tattoo. With a population of around 210,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 39 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Spokane. Google Places lists 71 different tattoo shops in the Spokane area, which shows how competitive the city truly is. Regardless of the type of tattoo you’re looking for in Spokane, Washington, you can be sure that you won’t have to go far in the city find a great place. 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.