Pricks of the Trade

In Grandpa’s day, only criminals and sailors had ink while pierced ears were strictly for ladies. Now it's hard to find a teenager who isn't tatted up or studded with more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese.

Those kids will blend right in at the Arizona Tattoo Expo. The three-day event features live tattooing, seminars for needle jockeys, an art gallery of tattoo designs, and prizes for the best ink of the day. Don’t be afraid that some burly human pincushion with a tattoo of El Diablo will kick your butterfly-decorated ass, because the expo attracts all types, ranging from grannies with portraits of rock stars on their boobs to sunglass-wearing politicians who get inked in places no one will ever see.

Fri., April 30, 3-11 p.m.; Sat., May 1, 12-11 p.m.; Sun., May 2, 12-8 p.m., 2010