Ahwatukee’s first and only tattoo shop finds open arms
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Ahwatukee’s first and only tattoo shop finds open arms

The staff at Wookie Style Tattoo includes, from left, James Patrick, owners Barbi and Terry Hoffman and Sway Alvarez. Ahwatukee is rolling up its sleeves to a new and unique establishment: Wookie Style Tattoos. Wookie Style – the first, and only, tattoo parlor in the community, at 4142 E. Chandler Blvd. – is owned by husband-and-wife team Terry “Wookie” and Barbi Hoffman. The Chandler couple chose to put their new business in Ahwatukee because they “love the vibe” of the area and felt that they “had the potential of being welcomed here,” Barbi said. Wookie is an Arizona native and has been in the tattoo industry locally for over 25 years. He has also been internationally recognized on the convention circuit. “Wookie has been drawing his entire life,” his wife said. “He grew up poor, so pencils were his toys. He sold artwork for money as a kid, and when he grew up he met a gentleman who loved his artwork and knew how to tattoo. He invited Wookie to apprentice under him. Turned out Wookie was better at tattooing than his mentor.” After an injury ended his career as a mechanic, he decided to focus all his attention […]

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