Each year tattoo artists from all over the Greater Phoenix area get together in one place, where tattoo lovers can peruse many artists' work all in one location--a one stop tattoo and piercing stop. The event is called the Arizona Tattoo Expo, but it has also been referred to as the Valley of the Sun Tattoo Show & Piercing Show or the Arizona Tattoo Show. No matter what you call it, it's the premier event in Phoenix and Arizona for tattoo artists.
The show lasts for three days, and nearly every tattoo artist will be busy engraving their works of art into any blank area of skin that you have available. There are small, dainty, colorful tattoos, like hearts and flowers and small patterns. There are large, intricate tattoos, that cover an entire back or arm or leg. There are tribal tattoos, black and gray tattoos, and any other type you can imagine. There are several booths where you can get piercings, jewelry, clothing and supplies.
Half the fun of this Arizona Tattoo Show is seeing the other people who come to visit the event. Shirtless guys who want everyone to see their tattoos, people with kids, older folks (yeah, that was me! and a few others...), sexy women, bikers, and many people who weren't so sexy, but love tattoos just the same.