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Jodi Maeser gives a small flick of the foot as Mike “Cowboy” Cowling settles in and reaches for his tattoo pen.


Jesus "ChoppinChu" Arvayou and Mike "Cowboy" Cowling look over flash art at South West Tattoo. 


Don Kerby works on a Mortal Kombat tattoo for  Raiden Lopez. 


Edgar Kropf opened Sorry Mom in Nogales, Sonora, with five inks in about 16 square feet. Today, six people work there. 


The crew of South West Tattoo: Jesus "ChoppinChu" Arvayou, Alex Molina, Candy Moulis, Don Kerby and Mike "Cowboy" Cowling. 

Jamie Verwys | 520-547-9728


Reporter Jamie Verwys grew up in Sahuarita and graduated from the high school in 2006. She lives in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2018.

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