To find out which cities in America were most tattoo-friendly, totalbeauty.com conducted an holistic survey across the country and 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. It also included which cities in those states had the most shops listed per capita with populations based on latest U.S. Census numbers.
Britney , Angelina, Katy Perry, Zoe Saldana, Megan Fox and Jessica Alba, Johnny Depp , Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Hugh Jackman, to name a few, all have several tatoos. They are but shining examples of the reason tattoos are today’s favorite “beauty marks.” 1: Miami Beach, Fla.
“Bienvenido, a Miami Beach is home to TLC’s “Miami Ink” and the famous South Beach. The city has hundreds of tattoo shops to go around with an average of 24 shops per 100,000 people, Miami Beach is dense with ink.
2: Las Vegas, Nev.
There are 94 listed tattoo shops in the city. Las Vegas, the Sin City also hosts one of the biggest tattoo conventions in the country. The overall average is 16 tattoo shops per 100,000 people.
3: Richmond, Va.
The city of Richmond, Va. has an average of about 14.5 tattoo shops per 100,000 people. It is mainly because of its big arts and college community, and the fact that the surrounding suburbs and cities contain plenty more tattoo shops.
4: Flint, Mich.
The city of Flint — best known as General Motors’ birthplace — wins for most tattoo shops per capita in this area. Flint’s 25-to-44 age range is a mere one percent behind, making young people the most numerous — and most likely to wear full sleeves of ink — in the city.
5: Portland, Ore.
Portland has more tattoo shops per capita with nearly 12 per 100,000 people. Portland is reportedly known for its huge arts and crafts community as well as its music-loving residents, nature-loving hipsters and collection of rock music icons — most of whom apparently love tattoos and body art.
6: Austin, Texas
The city has heavily tattooed individuals with many young, “artsy” tattooed people from all over. Most of Austin’s population is also age 25 to 44, prime for tattoo getters, and there are about 7.5 shops per 100,000 people.
With seven tattoo parlors per 100,000 people in San Francisco alone , San Francisco ranks super high. The Bay Area was even mentioned as the only American places in Matador Nights’ “Five Destinations for the Tattooed Traveler,” thanks to its status as an underground “haven” for tattoo lovers in the ’60s.
8: Honolulu, Hawaii
With its gorgeous beaches, amazing climate and abundance of tiny-umbrella-topped frosty cocktails, Honolulu adds with a large number of tattoo shops, 6.5 per 100,000 people.
9: Kansas City, Mo.
With about six tattoo shops per 100,000 people, Kansas City is just another “tattoo-friendly” place to live.
10: Los Angeles, Calif.
Los Angeles is home to some of the most popular tattooed celebs, like Angelina Jolie and Kat Von D (of “LA Ink”), Los Angeles boasts about 150 tattoo parlors within 10 miles of the city center. Its surrounding area also plays host to some of the country’s largest tattoo expos.