Ancient Art Tattoo

Dennis Dwyer
tattooing in Tucson since 1976!


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Welcome to Ancient Art Tattoo

2108 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson Arizona 85711


Ancient Art Tattoo, Dennis Dwyer M.Div., national award winning tattoo artist, 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 artists, it is the best tattoo shop by far, now with 43 years of experience, 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. Check us out and decide for yourself if you want us to leave a "mark" on you.

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Offering the best in permanent make up and cosmedic tattooing since 1988. Eyeliner and 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 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 eyebrows and subtle or dramatic eyeliner that will last for years and years!cosmetic tattoo

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!dennis dwyer tattoo

Dennis Dwyer

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 asthe 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’.

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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.


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. The following advice has been prepared by professional tattooist working with local, state and national health authorities.
1. Always insist that you see your tattooist remove a new needle and tube from a sealed envelope immediately prior to your tattoo.

2. Be certain you see your tattooist pour a new ink supply into a new disposable container.

3. Make sure your artist puts on a new pair of disposable gloves before setting up tubes, needles and ink supplies.
4. Satisfy yourself that the shop furnishings and tattooist are clean and orderly in appearance; much like a medical facility.
5. Ask to see the their sterilizer and asked if it is tested on a regular basics.
6. Feel free to question the tattooist as to any of 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.
Getting a tattoo is a memorable experience so why not make it a good one!



  • Journey to Jerusalem jerusalem Photos and journal of my journey to Israel
  • God, Country and Tattoogoos and tad countrThis book is my autobiography of the chronicles of a tattooist, a journey through four decades as a world-traveling professional tattooist, who has made over 40,000 marks.

    It is a story from the unique vantage point of a tattoo parlor, and by exchanging personal journeys and stories with thousands of people from across America and the world from a time when tattoos were taboo to when they have become cool to do. I will share America's incredible history and the rich spiritual foundation of which I have put my trust. "God, Country and Tattoos: each of these three, through the tensions each creates in the others, has shaped my life, forming the foundation upon which I stand.

    A story of a journey through some of my darkest valley's and to the mountain top experience which shaped my life by willing to step out in faith and a plea to America to return to God, it is "a cry for freedom."
    CNN news segment on my book 7/4/2011
    Click here to see Video Trailer
  • Please enjoy exploring this website reading about my diverse interests and my travels to Japan, Israel and 14 other countries. Follow the links on the right side of the page about my personal beliefs, photo gallery, my journey to Israel and some of my sermons that I shared with others.

    I am proud to be an American and believe in the US Constitution.

    I am concidered as “Old School” which is the foundation, the core root of a moral center in which becomes a lifestyle entirely based upon respect for what people do in life.       Dennis E. Dwyer, M.Div. 6/10/2011

    I hope that you will visit my message from God. The link offers some inspirational thoughts, some of my sermons on the Gospel of John. I have been truly blessed to have lived a colorful life.

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