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Arizona Tattoo Expo

Body Artists Converge on Mesa for an Arizona Tattoo & Piercing Show


© Judy Hedding

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. More than 100 vendors display their products and services at the show. Snacks and beverages are also available.

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.

Enjoy this picture gallery of previous Valley of the Sun Tattoo & Piercing Shows.

When is the Arizona Tattoo Expo?

Friday, April 20 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 from noon to 11 p.m.
Sunday, April 22nd from noon to 8 p.m.

There are several tattoo shows that take place in the Greater Phoenix area. If this is not the show that you were looking for, try the Body Art Expo (usually in the winter) or the Timeless Ink Tour (usually in the summer).

Where is the Arizona Tattoo Expo held?

Here is a map and directions to Mesa Centennial Hall, otherwise known as the Mesa Convention Center.

What does it cost to get in?

$20 per day or $45 for a weekend pass. People ages 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Parking is free.

Are there any discounted tickets available?

Presale tickets will be sold at a discount online ($16 for single day, $35 for weekend pass) until 6 p.m. Arizona time on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. All presale tickets will be available for pick up in the "will call" line with receipt and ID. No tickets are mailed.

Have more questions?

Visit the Arizona Tattoo Expo online.

All times and prices are subject to change without notice.

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