Featured Tucson Artists
If you’re into tattooing and you either live in Tucson or you’ve visited, chances are you’ve heard of The Painted Lady. They take pride in keeping their shop clean and welcoming, and they also happen to do an amazing job on their tattoos. The one thing that they seem to do better than most is in the aftercare department since they recognize that no matter how well their artists do, it is up to the client to make sure that they take care of their tattoos in the weeks following their appointments. This is a great all-around tattoo business.
Even though The Painted Lady is a great tattoo shop in the Tucson area and it’s the perfect spot for a lot of people, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the right place for you if you’re looking to get a tattoo. Every shop has its own collection of artists and each of those artists have their own styles, so you will want to find a place that is known for making the type of tattoos that you’re interested in getting. Lucky for you most Tucson tattoo shops have plenty of pictures for you to look through before you commit to anything, so you should definitely do some research before you decide on which shop you should go to.
Cowboy tattoos are still very popular in the Tucson area. On top of being a great tattoo to get if you want to show your love for Tucson, cowboy tattoos also have quite a few other great meanings that can be attached to them. People often get their cowboy tattoos to represent freedom, but they can also symbolize a love for the old west or even just a love for riding horses in the area.
There are also a lot of cyclists in the area, so you will see some locals getting bike tires or even a full image of their very own bikes in their tattoo designs. Cyclists also often include their favorite spots to ride such as the mountains or their favorite trails to show how important riding is in their lives. These are also quite easy to customize or even include in larger pieces.
A lot of people who live in Tucson or who plan on moving to the area are writers so you will also see some cool writers’ tattoos on people’s skin. If you’re a writer, you really do have a ton of options for tattoos. You can get a pen tattoo on your hand, a quote that you love, or maybe even an old school typewriter. Writers’ tattoos are popular all over the country, but you’ll see them a bit more often in Tucson since there are so many writers in the city.
Tucson is also quite well known for its beautiful Sonoran Desert. Landscape tattoos seem to be all the rage right now and people from Tucson will often choose to include the Sonoran Desert over all of the other spots around the city.
If any of those tattoo ideas sound good to you, be sure to contact one of the top Tucson tattoo artists in your area to design a great tattoo for you.
Here are some of the best Tucson 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
Tattoo Styles: Realism, Portrait, New School
Sacred Art Tattoo Studio
Tattoo Profile: Sacred Art Tattoo Studio is a group of award-winning tattoo artists that specialize in all styles of tattoo work. We understand the importance of quality in tattooing. Here, you will find a team of artists that are truly dedicated to their craft and utilize a wide variety of skills and styles to satisfy your custom tattooing needs.
Pureline Ink Tattoo Studio
Tattoo Profile: Professional private tattoo studio with 23 years experience, specializing in all your tattoo needs.
Fast Lane Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: Open from 11a.m. to 10p.m. 7 days a week, Fast Lane’s variety of artists and personalities allow you to get that perfect tattoo or body modification by an artist perfectly suited to your needs.
Black Rose Tattooers
Tattoo Profile: Black Rose Tattooers has been servicing Southeastern Arizona since 1995. We pride ourselves on our traditional street-style shops, but we are also happy to create custom tattoos to order.
The Painted Lady Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: Contemporary tattoos, black and gray, and lettering are our forte.
Red Sky Studio
Tattoo Profile: Red Sky Studio is a full custom tattoo shop and art gallery based in Tucson, Arizona.
Machine Age Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: Custom tattooing with a focus on classic Japanese and American imagery. Walk-ins welcome but appointments are suggested.
State of Art Tattoo Studio
Tattoo Profile: State of Art Tattoo Studio specializes in high quality, custom tattoos and piercings. Whether you’re looking for a photorealistic black and grey portrait, or a bright, vivid, full color sleeve, this is the place to be. Walk-ins are welcome!
Tattoo Profile: We are a shop located in central Tucson, Arizona. We have been home to many artists working both worldwide and here in Tucson. We believe that the foundation of quality tattooing is to consistently progress. Our entire shop works continually to improve both artistic ability and technique.
Broken Clover Tattoo
Tattoo Profile: Tucson tattoo shop for collectors and artists who want more.
Tucson is the second largest city in the state of Arizona, next to Phoenix, Arizona, Tucson has a population of around 530,706 people. Tucson is the largest city in southern Arizona and even though it does not compare in size to many other cities in the United States, Tucson is rated the 33rd largest city in America, leaving it at the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the states. Because of Tucson’s location, being situated just north of Mexico and southeast of Phoenix, the land is located around the desert and mountains. This causes the land to become dry ultimately because it gets so hot there. Being in a desert, there is not much rainfall throughout the year and when there is, the heat evaporates the rainfall so quickly, it is almost as if it never hit the ground. This causes high temperatures in humidity and also only allows two different seasons. The summer is hot and dry, as the winter is fairly warm compared to most places. Fall and spring weather are barely noticeable because of the elevation of the land and being closer to the sun, Tucson is fairly warm all year long.
The Paleo-Indians were said to be the first inhabitants of not only the area of which Tucson was founded but the entire western hemisphere. A village has been spotted in Tucson from over 12,000 years ago in 2100 BC. Within the village, a series of irrigation systems that were made by the people of the time were found. Canals and other waterways and rivers were constructed for the land because of how dry it is. Without the water-flow from the larger bodies of water, the land would be very difficult to cultivate and grow crops. In the early 1690’s and early 1700’s, an Italian, religious missionary by the name of Eusebio Francisco Kino visited the Santa Cruz river valley and founded the Mission San Xavier del Bac upstream from the site of where as we now know as Tucson, Arizona. This mission served the inhabitants of the land very well until the Apache Indian tribe ran through the village, burning and destroying everything in their path. It was rebuilt years later around 1783 and still stands today. Once Mexico gained its independence from Spain, the land became part of the state of Sonora and was eventually then called ‘Tucson’.
During the Mexican-American War in 1846 to 1848, Tucson was captured by a United States Army cavalry officer who was also serving as a Union General in the war. It was not until 1858 when Arizona south of the Gila River was acquired by treaty. They then began construction of a railway system but had to discontinue the project when the remaining Apache Indians were attacking the railway and those who were constructing it. After this, between the years of 1867 and 1877, Tucson received the title of territorial capital.
Although compared to most places with a desert geographic, Tucson gets more precipitation than its neighboring city of Phoenix just a little over 100 miles away. Tucson is like this because of the mountains surrounding the city. Tucson goes through what is called ‘monsoon season’. This is normally in the summer months of June and July and can lasts for a couple of months. Flash floods, lightning, and extreme humidity is all consisted in a monsoon. The floods can get so bad that the roadways are often blocked off and very dangerous to ride on during these times. The temperatures are at the lowest in the winter months of January and February but are usually only at 60 to 75 degrees.
Tucson has an incredible number of tourists and visitors that stay in the city every year. With around 3.5 million visitors a year, there are many sites and activities to do while in the city. The University of Arizona is not only a great college in the area but provides many of the residents of the city with jobs. Another big source of jobs comes from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The US Army Intelligence Center is also in the area, this opens up the expansion of a number of high-tech industries, creating more jobs ultimately. Tourists help bring in a about 2 billion dollars per year.
Activities in Tucson are never ending. Exploring the outdoors of this unique desert city on horseback is a great way to start. The beautiful view of being surrounded by mountains is sure to leave you awestruck. Resorts and golf courses are also very popular in Tucson. Since you are close to the mountains as it is, may as well go for a hike or even ski down the slopes in the winter months! If you are looking for live music, Tucson has a very wide range of different music. From mariachi music, to country, rock and roll, or hip hop, there is always a place to find music in Tucson. Music venues are all over the city and simple google searches of the Tucson music scene will point you in the right direction.
If you are one that is looking forward to enjoying the outdoors of Tucson, Arizona, be prepared to come in contact with a lot of wildlife. Especially trekking through the desert, keep an eye out for the rattlesnake, a bite from those could be very deadly and serious. Admiring animals such as the bighorn sheep and elk may be a beautiful thing from afar, but if you get too close, this could also be a grave mistake. Predator animals such as coyotes and wolves run loose at night. Being out in the desert at night, especially on the mountain trails, can be a very bad idea. Not only are wild animals a danger, getting lost in the wilderness is easy to accidentally do. If it is your first time in a particular area, it is good to have someone accompanying you that is also keeping track of where you are taking your nature walk or hike. Mountain biking is another fun activity that the locals partake in. Mountain biking however takes a lot of skill and should not be attempted by anyone that is not comfortable on a bike or is not used to riding down rugged terrain.
Tucson, Arizona has a rich tattoo history. Featuring shops such as Sanctity Tattoo, Black Rose Tattooers, Red Sky Studio, and Fast Lane Tattoo, Tucson is a great destination if you’re looking for some new ink. With a population of 526,000, there are lots of potential customers for the parlors in town. Yelp currently lists 70 different shops when searching for “tattoo” in Tucson. Google Places lists 89 different tattoo shops in Tucson, which shows how competitive the city truly is. 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.