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Ancient Art Tattoo, Dennis Dwyer M.Div., national award winning tattoo artist.


Are you looking for a fun shop and a memorable experience with talented artists who are capable of creating custom artwork? Then come to Ancient Art Tattoo! Stop in and meet our artists, Dennis, Adrian and Dave, then look at the portfolios, and let us plan your next tattoo! “Ancient Art Tattoo” has been the premier tattoo studio in Tucson for more than 38 years. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the very best and most professional service available. We have 4 experienced tattooers who specialize in custom tattoo designs, traditional, tattoo lettering, portraits and permanent makeup and will work with clients to create one of a kind body art. We believe that our clients should enjoy their tattoo experience. We offer a friendly, safe, and clean environment and hold our artists to the highest level of professionalism.

Dennis is a member of National Tattoo Association, awarded Best Tattooist 1981, 1983, Best Tribal, Most Realistic, Bob Shaw Golden Achievement Award, Best Tattooed Male. Member of the Alliance of Professional Tattooist, served as the Executive Director for ten years, received the Certificate of Tattoo Mastery, received an Achievement Award for the outstanding contribution to the profession to Tattoo industry. Experienced in teaching the best tattoo artists, Ancient Art Tattoo is the best tattoo shop by far, now with 43 years of experience, reputable, and consistent in the same location for twenty three years and the first established tattoo shop in Tucson in 1976. In 1994 Tucson Weekly voted Best of Tucson Really Wearable Art. Ancient art was just recently presented in the January issue of Tucson Lifestyle. Check us out and decide for yourself if you want us to leave a “mark” on you.

Check out the links of Ancient Art Tattoo “Top Notch” Artist in the menu bar, plus look at our photo galleries and enjoy the world of tattooing.



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Dennis Dwyer offers the best in permanent makeup and permanent comedic tattooing since 1988. Tattoo eyeliner and Tattooed Brows that will last a life time.


At Ancient Art Tattoo, in Tucson, Arizona, we pride ourselves on creating amazing tattoos in a clean environment.  All of our artists are trained and certified in blood-borne pathogens and you can trust that they use only clean, sterile equipment.  We can create any tattoo you can imagine or, if you need help coming up with ideas, you can browse our thousands of designs or let one of our skilled artists create a custom design that’s just for you.  There’s no tattoo we can’t handle, be it large or small, traditional, new school, portraiture, realism, black and grey or vibrant color!  And we don’t just do body tattoos, we also specialize in permanent cosmetic makeup.  Let us enhance your natural beauty with perfectly arched tattooed eyebrows and subtle or dramatic permanent makeup eyeliner that will last for years and years!


Shop Local! If you’re a tattoo artist yourself and looking for an affordable place to buy supplies, we’ve got you covered.  We sell everything you need to take your profession to the highest level – tattoo kits, quality needles, tubes, grips, power supplies, and some of the best machines on the market.  Try one of Dennis Dwyer’s trademark machines, built by hand and build to last for years.  Remember, we are artists too here, and we only sell supplies that meet our own expectations for quality and durability.  You can even order online 24/7 at and take advantage of special internet pricing!


Ancient Art Tattoo History: In the early eighties, my good friend J. D. Crowe founded Ancient Art Tattoo in Virginia Beach, Virginia and we formed a co-op of artists under the same name with the purpose of promoting safe tattooing. I started tattooing in 1971 and opened my first tattoo studio in Tucson, AZ in 1976.  During the nineties J. D. Crowe and I toured America, hosting 14 tattoo conventions known as “the Tattoo Tour.” We became the “Memory Makers” of that decade, bringing artists from across the country to share in what we dubbed the ‘art of giving’.

Precision Tattoo Supply came about in 1988 when I designed two tattoo machines “The Nail” and “Mad Max”. We continue to offer reliable tattooing products including disposable tubes, needles of a varying sizes, tattoo guns, tattoo kits and other tattooing accessories. Again, our concern is that you will be able to get the most out of your tattoo experience.