Stephanie Flannery of Phoenix's Golden Rule Tattoo on Why She Loves Pet Tattoos

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Josh Chesler
Flannery is one of Central Phoenix's most popular up-and-coming tattoo artists.

Some tattoo artists specialize in Japanese-style bodysuits, while others focus on more traditional Americana pieces. Golden Rule Tattoo's Stephanie Flannery thinks those are cool and all, but she's more interested in creating tattoos of a different subject matter.

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Josh Chesler
Flannery's sleeve was done by one of her biggest inspirations, Matt Jones.

"I think doing tattoos of people's pets are super fun," Flannery says. "Talking to people about their pets while doing the tattoo is super fun for me, I love talking to people about their pets."

Part of what makes doing pet tattoos a perfect match for the 22-year-old artist is that she primarily specializes in realistic and portrait tattoos. The animal lover may be one of Phoenix's youngest tattooers, but she's been interested in the tattoo lifestyle for quite some time now.

"I've done art for as long as I can remember. My dad was an artist, but he didn't do tattoos," Flannery says. "I loved tattooing ever since I started noticing it as a kid. I always thought it was cool."

Though she hasn't yet done any major tattoo expos or entered the field of "competitive tattooing" for awards and medals yet, Flannery is one of the most respected tattoo artists in Phoenix. The Roosevelt Row-based artist began her career in the Valley's tattoo industry by working at the shop's counter when she was 17. She apprenticed for a year at the age of 18 and became a tattoo artist before her 20th birthday.

"I'm thankful to do what I love as a career," she says. "I wouldn't want to do anything else."

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Golden Rule Tattoo

120 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

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justme430
justme430

Would have been nice to have a photo of a pet tattoo.

Stephanie Hinkle
Stephanie Hinkle

So awesome when friends of friends get mentioned in phoenix new times!! Congrats! Shawn Branby

Kat Leenerts
Kat Leenerts

I don't think you can call her the most respected tattoo artist in the valley. There are far more notable artists that have been tattooing longer than she's been alive. Yes she's pretty but has a long way to go before she's on that level.

Geri Dee-Melton
Geri Dee-Melton

Fantastic Stephanie, you are making your grandmother very proud. I'm always talking about you when I see someone with Tattoos. You are a great artist and very carring pet lover to Betty and Howard. Good Luck

Kara Kelley
Kara Kelley

Love my sister Stephanie Flannery an amazing artist!!

Emma Olbert
Emma Olbert

My Boston Terrier Piper done by Gunnar at the 2013 Hell City Tattoo Convention here in Phoenix.

Amy Horton
Amy Horton

Vinny Sky at Blue Dragon Tattoo has one of his pet snake!

Aimee Kirk
Aimee Kirk

Aw how effing cool. Get it steph!

Wyatt Manoil
Wyatt Manoil

You know you're getting tired when you misread a thread, thinking it's about getting tattoos for your pets

Anthony Lentini
Anthony Lentini

Can she do tattoos on pets? I really want to get my face permanently stamped on my cat's underbelly.

Mandy Griffin
Mandy Griffin

Yes! They're like your kids. I'd love to get one of my cat.

Lyss Lapa
Lyss Lapa

I want to get my 5 horse shoes for the horses I had to sell since I moved away :( n then the paw prints for my now gone dogs

Traci Phelps
Traci Phelps

I have my deceased dogs name on my arm. People think its my bf. The dogs name was Mingo....

Cher Oakley
Cher Oakley

I want a cat paw print and my deceased cat's name.

Cheryl Dunn
Cheryl Dunn

Im unsure of going that far in getting a pet tattoo but I am showing some love for Stephanie. She did my butterfly on my left shoulder. :-)

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