If you’re curious about the most tattooed cities in the U.S., just look to which cities have the most tattoo parlors. A list, published a few years back, still stands true, although Denver is rising in the ranks pretty quickly.
That being said, laser tattoo removal locations seem to be popping up as fast as tattoo shops are. Maybe we should work on a most de-inked cities list?
On the list you’ll find no-brainers like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and everyone’s favorite Northwestern hipster hangout, Portland. But one shocker in the top 10? Honolulu!
Coming in at No. 3 on the list is the unlikely locale of Richmond, Virginia, which sports 14.5 tattoo shops per 100,000 people. Why do RVA residents love tattoos so much?
Matthew Lisk says Richmonders “like to show off what they love, and tattoos are a great way of doing that.” Many, Lisk says, “seem to have a lot of pride, especially in the city itself,” which seems to inspire RVA-themed tattoos.
No. 2 on the list might not surprise you. With 16 tattoo parlors per 100,000, Las Vegas is a clear pick for this list. The population of this fast-living town averages between 25 and 44, and Las Vegas also hosts one of the largest tattoo conventions in the U.S.
No shocker here: No. 1 spot for the most tattoo shops is Miami Beach, Florida, which has a whopping 24 tattoo destinations per 100,000 beach goers. It’s no surprise, with the amount of skin you’ll find on these Florida beaches.
And the cities with the fewest tattoos? Yup, there’s a list of those, too! Among the proudly uninked are cities in South Dakota, Idaho, Kansas, and … Alaska!