Is Anchorage “tattoo unfriendly?”
The website says Anchorage has around six tattoo studios in the immediate area, or about two per every 100,000 people.
Second-generation tattoo artist James Allen, whose father Larry Allen founded Anchorage Tattoo Studio in 1975, says it’s true that there aren’t a huge number of studios in town but that the reason is likely tough licensing requirements.
“Most licensing requires an apprenticeship, which is the proper way to get into tattooing anyway,” Allen said. “Previously licensed tattoo artists moving up from out of state have a harder time getting their foot in the door.”
Also, Allen said, tattoos tend to be covered up during the long and cold winter season.