Whether you approve of tattoos or not, some of the world's sexiest men and women — from Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox to Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt — sport ink. This made us wonder — where in the world do most of the tattooed bods in America live? To figure out which U.S. cities were the most tattoo-friendly, we 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. Then we looked up which cities in those states had the most shops listed per capita with populations based on latest U.S. Census numbers. We also took into consideration the city's demographics and whether or not it hosted tattoo conventions, remembering that not all tattoo parlors were listed in the directories. Here are the cities that love ink the most:
No. 1: Miami Beach, Fla.
And finally, "Bienvenido a Miami (Beach)." Home to TLC's "Miami Ink" and the famous South Beach, this party town has a ton of tattoo shops to go around. Averaging about 24 shops per 100,000 people, Miami Beach is dense with ink. (Guess being able to sunbathe nude near one of the vainest cities in the country didn't quite do it for them — or maybe they just want works of art to display while they soak up the sun in the buff.)
No. 2: Las Vegas, Nev.
biggest tattoo conventions in the country — comes in at just above 16 shops per 100,000 people, most of whom are between the ages of 25 and 44. The city also has one of the country's highest marriage, divorce and suicide rates, in addition to holding a place on our Worst Skin, Worst Hair, Worst B.O. and Ugliest Cities lists. Remember that next time you want to document your trip after one too many giant margaritas on The Strip.
No. 3: Richmond, Va.
No. 4: Flint, Mich.
No. 5: Portland, Ore.
No. 6: Austin, Texas
tattooed people from all over, at least once a year, at its South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Not to mention its Reggae Festival and Film Festival, among others. 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. One chat forum we came across had several individuals say they'd never seen so many tattooed people in one city.
No. 7: San Francisco, Calif.
Tattooed Traveler," thanks to its status as an underground "haven" for tattoo lovers in the '60s.
No. 8: Honolulu, Hawaii
No. 9: Kansas City, Mo.
No. 10: Los Angeles, Calif.
famous tattoo "strips," Venice Beach, alone.) Its surrounding area also plays host to some of the country's largest tattoo expos. And while the amount of people living in L.A. (we're talking millions) hurts their per capita ranking (which is about four shops per 100,000 people), as one tattoo lover we found put it, L.A.'s tattoo-friendly "vibe" is hard to find elsewhere.