WELCOME to Tattoodo Travel Guides, where we take you through THE MOST MAGICAL experiences you can have in a city anywhere in the world. Today's urban showcase is Albuquerque, New Mexico — the best and biggest city in the state.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
New Mexico, also known as the Land of Enchantment, is a beautiful state filled with mountain ranges and high desert, where life moves at a leisurely pace and every day has a siesta. Though some people might argue in favor of Santa Fe, we all really know that Albuquerque is the most exciting urban center in the state. It has a fantastic vibe.
The city is rich with southwestern culture and has plenty of great places to eat and drink. What's more is that there are several excellent tattoo parlors sprinkled throughout the New Mexican metropolis. Here are three shops you should drop by if you're in town:
This parlor is packed with skilled tattooists. Their lineup features Leo Gonzales, Matt Pippin, Pablo Martinez, and Gabriel Londis. Whether you're after some solid traditional American tattooing or exquisite Irezumi, these guys deliver. Check out the link above to see some of their work.
This shop is owned and operated by one of the most famous tattooists in New Mexico, Brian Everett, who is frequently credited with having brought the art form to New Mexico. Alongside him, the shop has several other incredibly talented artists that create astounding body art.
3. Star Tattoo
This spot has an excellent team of artists, several of whom are award winners. Their specialty there is traditional American tattoos, so if you want some classic iconography like eagles, skulls, and snakes, hit these guys up. They're great at it.
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If you're in New Mexico, you better try the Mexican cuisine, because it is some of the best in the world. Mary and Tito's Cafe's food is so good it won the James Beard Award in 2010. Make sure to try their signature red chili dishes if you pay this place a visit.
2. Corn Maiden
Corn Maiden offers some of the finest dining in Albuquerque, so if you're up for a swanky night out, this is your destination. It is on the outskirts of the city and has amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Their dinner menu is purely gourmet and they have an astounding wine list as well.
Albuquerque's zoo is just wonderful. It's not incredibly large, but all of the exhibits are great. They even have a resident polar bear that you can always see from the riverwalk next to the Rio Grand if you don't want to pay the entrance fee.
Albuquerque is famous for its International Balloon Fiesta, in which hot air balloon fanatics travel from all around the world to fill New Mexico's sky with color every October. The most recent one just happened, so if you're coming to town during another month, you can still get in on the balloon action by going to the Anderson-Abruzzo balloon museum.
Anodyne is the coolest bar in Albuquerque because of its awesome collection of pool tables. Over ten of these red-felted beauties line the center of the floor and they even have a snooker table for you real billiard nuts out there. The bar is also spectacular.
2. Q Bar
If you want a really classy drinking experience, the the Q Bar is for you. This place has the most luxurious interior in town, and they're liquor selection is all top-shelf. Make sure to wear your formal attire if heading out to this joint though.
We hope you enjoyed this little virtual tour of Albuquerque. If you're going through or to New Mexico in any of your upcoming travels, definitely visit this city and make sure to hit up a few of the places on this list, especially the tattoo parlors. You won't regret it. The Duke City is hands down the most entertaining urban area in the state.
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