10 Phoenix Emoji You Need on Your Phone

Yes, there's already cactus. And a grinning sunshine wearing sunglasses. But is that really enough to represent your Phoenix-ness when it comes to our favorite form of self-expression, the emoji? We didn't think so. Here's a set of emoji we wish would come to our phones, and soon. 

Demented Sun: It's a cruel, cruel summer. 

Joe Arpaio Pink Boxers: These may soon be a collector's item, but we fear they'll long remain an icon of the world's most self-aggrandizing sheriff.

Tovrea Castle: Our favorite local building.

Douchey Scottsdale Sunglasses: The uniform for a certain part of town. 

Dias De Los Muertos Skull: An homage to our most interesting holiday. 

Gila Monster: Scare your East Coast friends with this one. 

Cowboy Boot: The ultimate Phoenix fashion statement. 

Diamondback: Doubles as a sports reference. 

Road Runnner: Beep beep! 

Sweaty Face: Because, let's face it, for much of the year this is what we all look like. 
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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at