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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.

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

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

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

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



Jamie Verwys | 520-547-9728

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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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