Tattoos for Every Kind of Arizonan

Nicole GimplApril 15, 2019
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There’s nothing objectively wrong with showing off your love of the Grand Canyon state by getting its outline inked in your skin, but it isn’t a terribly original idea. I would know – I got the outline tattooed on my left collar bone in 2016 on a whim. Since then, I’ve had some time to consider what other Arizona-inspired tattoo options are out there.

For the sports enthusiast:

Arizona has a team to represent it in almost every major arena, including the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Phoenix Suns (NBA) and the Arizona Coyotes (NHL).


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These teams are so beloved that many fans have gotten their logos etched into their skin – but that’s not the only way fans memorialize sports love on your bodies. Find something unique about the team and have a tattoo artist build upon that idea. One local artist, Paul Ski, created a tattoo of a rattler for one Diamondback fan at Golden Rule Tattoo in Phoenix.

For the Nature Lover:

One of the most cherished aspects of life in Arizona is all the opportunities to spend quality time outdoors: Even when it’s 120 degrees in the Valley, cooler temperatures are only a few hours away.

Many outdoors enthusiasts with a profound appreciation for Arizona’s beautifully diverse landscape show off their pride with a tattoo, like this one by Bob Gibson at Golden Rule Tattoo that captures the state’s distinctive terrain.


For the Southwest Obsessed:

Climate and nature aren’t the only facets of Arizona that make the state so unique: the culture and deep, rich history have also inspired residents for decades.

If you’re all about the Southwest vibes and are inspired by the pure beauty of the state, consider a uniquely Arizona design like these by Justin Oriani at Grape Ape Tattoo in Tucson.


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Shindiggs on the thigh last night thank you to kyle for getting one of my og designs off the ipad. Cheers!

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For the B E L I E V E R:

The Valley has had an illustrious history with supernatural events. The Phoenix Lights sparked state-wide astonishment as people across the city spotted a series of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, in 1997.

Are you an Arizona native believer? Consider a creative tattoo like this by Oriani that both embraces the icon of the saguaro with the mystery of the supernatural.


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