To Dance is to Remember!


Several years ago I made a sculpture for a Day of the Dead celebration that had Dancing Skeletons on it with the phrase, “These bones were made for dancing.” The idea behind the sculpture has a deep personal meaning for me. I love to dance! Through dancing I release my inner soul; dancing is me! I had the design tattooed on my ankle so with every step I celebrate the dance of life.  That’s why I made it my business logo and my business name.

What is the fascination with Day of the Dead ?

“Dia de los Muertos”


Moving to Tucson, Arizona in the early 1980’s, I discovered the tradition of celebrating one’s ancestors on Dia de los Muertos-- the Day of the Dead (November 2nd). Tucson is a city rich with a strong Mexican culture that celebrates Family and Ancestors with the annual festival that pays respect to those who have lived before us. I love the tradition and the thought behind it-- respect for one’s roots. The celebration is full of color; cemeteries are decorated with bright flowers and artworks. Festive picnic meals are prepared and enjoyed by family and friends to celebrate the lives, accomplishments and memories of loved ones passed and music and dancing abound! For me, to Dance is to Remember!


The Shop Is located in my home; it is an informal and private atmosphere.

My focus is on YOU when you are here. Stop in and Visit! You never know what you’ll find on the walls of the Art Gallery!

TheTattoo Shop and Art Gallery are in the back of the house. Enter from the alley that runs off of 10th Avenue West just south of Highway 2 East.

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Why The Name Dancing Bones Ink?


Was inspired by traditional Mexican art forms and started just before DoD 2011. After spending one night with our son and daughter-in-law painting skulls, we had so much fun with the project we decided to take it ‘on the road’. Since DoD is all about honoring your ancestors, we thought it would be pretty cool to get the whole family involved, so we took molds back east to get the rest of the kids and their families involved! So we had kids, grandkids, parents, grandparents and friends join in and add their personal touch to all of the skulls now adorning the back wall. This is an ongoing project, so continue to watch for new skulls to appear!