Most Tattoo-Friendly Cities in the United States

We are lucky in that recent year tattoo acceptance has been on the rise. TotalBeauty recently reported that they had done extensive research to find the most tattoo-friendly places in the United States. Did your city make the list?

Top 10 Most Tattoo Friendly Cities in the United States

10. Los Angeles, CA – 4 shops for every 100,000 people
This comes as no surprise, especially with all of the Tattoo shows coming out of Los Angeles in recent years.

9. Kansas City, MO – 6 shops for every 100,000 people
Kansas City has a ton of colleges – and we know what college kids like to do.

8. Honolulu, HI – 6.5 shops for every 100,000 people
They also placed in “Best Hair”, “Best Skin”, and “Best Looking”. So they have everything.

7. San Francisco, CA – 7 shops for every 100,000 people
A mecca in the 60s for tattoos this city still is ground zero for expression

6. Austin, TX – 7.5 shops for every 100,000 people
Some people claim that they have never seen so many people so heavily tattooed in one city. We went there once, and have to agree.

5. Portland, OR – 12 shops for every 100,000 people
A very relaxed culture and large artist community in Portland has led to wide acceptance of body mod.

4. Flint, MI – 13 shops for every 100,000 people
This was a huge surprise on the list, didn’t expect anywhere in Michigan to make the list. But then again they did just open up a tattoo shop in a church.

3. Richmond, VA – 14.5 shops for every 100,000 people
Another city with a big arts and college scene.

2. Las Vegas, NV – 16 shops for every 100,000 people
A large percentage of the numbers here are from tourists and shops that cater to tourists. I mean how many people do you know that have gotten a tattoo in Vegas?

1. Miami Beach, FL – 24 shops for every 100,000 people
Showing off your body must account for something. Seeing everyone else with tattoos must be a reason so many people get inked up in the MIA.

We are surprised so not see a few cities on that list – New York City being one of them! But we do think that TotalBeauty did a very thorough job in their research as they outline the criteria: “To find out which towns in America were most tattoo-friendly, we perused chat forums and looked up every state in several public directories, including Yellow Pages, Google listings, Tattoo Yellow Pages and AAA Tattoo Directory, to find those with the most listed tattoo and permanent makeup shops. Then we looked up which cities in those states had the most shops listed per capita with populations based on latest U.S. Census numbers. We also took into consideration the city’s demographics and whether or not it hosted tattoo conventions, remembering that not all tattoo parlors were listed in the directories.”


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