With nearly 250 Phoenix tattoo parlors scattered across the Valley, ink tends to flow freely in this part of Arizona (even so, the city doesn’t quite match Tucson’s enthusiasm for tattooing). The best tattoo shops in Phoenix can perform everything from intricate custom designs to large-scale body work. Tattoo artists in Phoenix each have their specialties. For example, Jason Anthony from Golden Rule Tattoo—named Best Tattoo Artist in the Valley by AZ Foothills in 2014—combines traditional and new-school techniques to give his pieces a signature style. Still on the fence about getting your first ink? Check out our guide to see if you’re really the right age for it.

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