First Friday in Phoenix: 6 Must-See Shows Sept. 6

Categories: Events, Visual Art

Nicole Marie McCord

First Friday heats up tonight with creative works going up all over the city. Here are our picks for shows not to miss this artful evening.

"No Phobia Tattoo Art Show" @ FilmBar
Whether it's a heartfelt memento, a meaningful mantra, or a night of too much tequila, every tattoo has a story. Inspired by everything from pop culture to personal experience, body art has at best been thought of as fine art's alternative spinoff. But now the tables are finally turned as downtown's FilmBar debuts its "No Phobia Tattoo Art Show," a monthlong exhibition showcasing tattoo-inspired artwork.

This free show is on display in the colorful FilmBar lounge, featuring the works of thirteen artists including Jason Anthony of Golden Rule Tattoo, Nicole Marie McCord of Urban Art Tattoo, Tariq Sabur of Fine Art For Bodies, Alexis Freeman of Black Lotus Tattooers, Mike Fite of Pride & Glory, and Luke Dorsett of Yakuza Tattoo Photography.

See also: Top 5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend

The "No Phobia Tattoo Art Show" opens at 5 p.m. on First Friday, September 6, at 815 North Second Street. The show will remain on display through Thursday, October 3. For more information, call 602-595-9187 or visit

Tara Sharpe

Artel Phx @ The Clarendon Hotel
This week, downtown's favorite midcentury hotel, The Clarendon, is getting a makeover thanks to hotel art exhibition, Artel Phx. The premier pop-up art event will feature the installments of 20 local artists, hand-selected for their designs to transform the commercial space into something entirely new and dynamic.

For one weekend only, the retro resort will be reinvented from the inside out, as artists take their creative media from the lobby to the Sky Deck with installations involving neon sculptures, stained glass, yarn bombing, large scale projections, laser installations, paintings, photography, performance, and more.

Featured artists, performers, and businesses include Perry Allen, Lisa Chow of Desert Dance Theatre, CONDER/dance, Jeff Davis, Epic FX, Travis J Farnsworth, Geoff Gildner, GreenHAÜS, Dagne Hanson, Joseph Mark Hanson, Mark Hughes, Candy Jimenez of Dulce Dance Company, Jamie Korb, Indigeneá, Christy Puetz, Step Raptis of Step's Junk Funk, Mary Shindell, Marshall Shore, Marilyn Szabo, and Steve Weiss. Read more. -- Katie Johnson

Location Info



815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

The Clarendon Hotel - Phoenix's Urban Retreat

401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Skyline Loft Gallery

600 N. 4th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Frontal Lobe Gallery at Bragg's Pie Factory

1301 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Coe House

365 N. 4th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Five15 Gallery

515 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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