2108 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 till 10

Proudly Putting Tattoo’s on Tucson-an’s Since 1982

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, Adrian, Dave and Dennis, 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 offer a friendly, safe, and clean environment and hold our artists to the highest level of professionalism. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the very best and most professional service available. We have three 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.

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.


Imagine having the confidence of know you look consistently beautiful 24 hours a day. Having the security of knowing that your make-up will not come off while sleeping, swimming, and exercising and many other activities!
My name is Dennis Dwyer and I have been doing permanent tattoo makeup since 1988, offering the best in permanent make up. Permanent make-up actually is tattooing which I have over forty three years of experience.
Permanent makeup is very safe and is a relief for those who have allergic reactions to store purchased cosmetics. All of the pigments used are safe; they are inert substances which have been used in traditional tattooing and cosmetics for decades.




Getting a tattoo is a memorable experience, so why not make it a good one!
With the advent of many communicable diseases, some fatal, it has become necessary to institute certain isolation and sterilization procedures in the tattoo process to assure the public of a safe, risk-free tattoo. With many people tattooing out of their homes and to the risk of getting diseases, it’s not about getting a tattoo because it is cheap, life is not cheap. The following advice has been prepared by professional tattooist working with local, state and national health authorities.
1. Always insist that you see the person remove a new needle and tube from a sealed envelope immediately prior to your tattoo!
2. Be certain you see the person pour a new ink supply into a new disposable container.
3. Make sure they put on a new pair of disposable gloves before setting up tubes, needles and ink supplies. Run from the place if they are not wearing gloves.
4. Satisfy yourself that the shop furnishings and tattooist are clean and orderly in appearance; much like a medical facility, certainly stay away from the kitchen table tops! Are you sure they will be there next month if you have questions.
5. If they are not using disposable tubes and needles then ask to see their sterilizer and asked if it is tested on a regular basics.
6. Question the person about his sterile procedures and isolation techniques. Take time to observe them at work and do not hesitate to inquire about their experience and qualification in the tattoo field.
7. If the tattooist is a qualified professional, they will have no problem complying with standards above and beyond these simply guidelines.
8. If the artist or studio does not appear up to these standards or if they become evasive when questioned, seek out a professional tattooist, like us!

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!

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’.

Imagine having the confidence of know you look consistently beautiful 24 hours a day. Having the security of knowing that your makeup will not come off while sleeping, swimming, and exercising and many other activities!

I have been doing permanent tattoo makeup since 1988, offering the best in cosmetic makeup. Permanent makeup actually is tattooing which I have over forty three years of experience. Ladies I understand that you may have concerns about visiting a tattoo studio, but I can assure you that you will be making a wise decision to have this procure done by a professional tattooist. I offer a comfortable setting and privacy. I believe if you look at the photos you will see I can give you the look that you are desiring.

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.

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.

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