Some people get tattoos to represent something significant in their lives, a nearly permanent memorial to a person or relationship or place. Others get them because they just think it will look awesome.
Maricopa County has no shortage of tattoo parlors that can deliver whatever a person wants. The Copper Courier asked readers for recommendations on some of the best the Valley has to offer, and here’s what you said:
Dame of the West
7151 E. Sixth Ave., Scottsdale
12 p.m.—8 p.m.
I went to Dame of the West in Scottsdale after multiple readers recommended it. I spoke about my experience there in more detail on our Instagram page.
Dame of the West accepts walk-in appointments, but it’s always better to reach out directly to their artists through email or direct messages on Instagram. They have a full list of their artists on Instagram.
The shop minimum for a tattoo is $100, though prices vary depending on the size and detail in the work.
Old Town Ink
7154 E. Second St., Scottsdale
12 p.m.—9 p.m.
Old Town Ink set up shop in Scottsdale, on the northwest corner of Second Street and Scottsdale Road.
They have a second location at 710 E. Main St. in Mesa.
Their website features the portfolios of all their artists, and a form through which you can contact any of them.
Golden Rule Tattoo
Two Phoenix locations
11 a.m.—7 p.m. Sundays
11 a.m.—9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays
Golden Rule has 18 artists across two Phoenix locations. Click on their portraits to see some of their portfolio.
Golden Rule was named best tattoo shop in the Valley by Phoenix Magazine in 2017, 2018, and 2020.
The shop has a contact page to schedule appointments, or you can reach out to artists directly through their Instagram accounts.
If you’re not someone who is interested in getting tattooed yourself, check out their gift cards for a friend or loved one.
Blind Tiger Tattoo
3748 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
12 p.m.—9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
12 p.m.—6 p.m. Sundays
Blind Tiger Tattoo has been in Phoenix serving people since 2014.
They have at least seven tattoo artists in the shop and accept walk-ins if their schedule is free.
Schedule an appointment through a contact page on their website, or by reaching out to artists directly on Instagram.
Forever True Tattoo
19401 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix
Closed Monday and Tuesday
11 a.m.—7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays
11 a.m.—5 p.m. Sundays
This north Phoenix shop is tucked just south of the Loop 101 and just west of the 51.
The shop is owned by Todd Ring, who said on the shop’s website that he’s been tattooing since 1997. Forever True Tattoo opened its doors in 2015.
The other artist, Jenny Kladzyk, has been tattooing since 2012.
Forever True doesn’t accept walk-ins. You can schedule an appointment through their online contact form or by calling the shop directly.
1454 W. Main St., Mesa
12 p.m.—7 p.m. Sundays
12 p.m.—9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays
Immaculate Tattoo has been around in Mesa since December 1998.
The shop has seven artists and strongly recommends scheduling appointments, though they do accept walk-ins if time allows.
Immaculate Tattoo doesn’t have a contact page on its website, but you can email the shop directly or give them a call.
225 W. University Drive, Tempe
12 p.m.—8 p.m.
Colossus Tattoo is just west of Mill, in a lot next to Buffalo Exchange, a skateboard shop, a coffee shop, and a comic book store.
The shop doesn’t have a website proper, but all the contact information, artists, and their portfolios are on the shop’s Instagram page.
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