The Ancient Art Tattoo History page

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The Ancient Art Tattoo History Page:

Read about this Iconic Tattoo shop’s 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’.

Oldest established Tucson Tattoo shop


The 1991 Ancient Art Tattoo artwork on Big John Stud for the movie ‘Marlboro Man meets Harley Davidson.’ Ancient Art Tattoo been here in Tucson a good long while.

Tucson Tattoo Shop – Ancient Art Tattoo – Artist

Dennis Dwyer

Tattooing is very popular today and there are many people who are doing it, unlike it was forty years ago, what once was taboo has become fashionable. Dennis Dwyer is the owner of Ancient Art Tattoo in Tucson and leaving a tattoo mark in Tucson, Arizona since 1976. With all of this experience, 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!