Bad tattoos lead to the arrests of three Kingman residents

Three Kingman residents charged with drug possession, illegal tattooing

Complaints about shoddy tattoos led to the arrests of three adults earlier this week.

A juvenile referral was also made for a 14-year-old in the home reportedly found to be in the possession of marijuana.

Mohave County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said that during an unrelated investigation, two women complained to a deputy about bad tattoos they recently had done by a man who operated out of his home. Operating a tattoo parlor out of a private residence is illegal in Arizona.

One of the tattoos was described as a "demon girl with a devil tail" that extended from the woman's shoulder blades to the small of her back and had poor shading and other problems.

A search warrant was served Monday morning in the 3500 block of Lum Avenue at the home of the alleged artist, 36-year-old Brian Jason Solley. Carter said deputies found what they described as a homemade tattoo gun belonging to Solley.

Carter said deputies also found a metal scale, marijuana and a total of seven pipes in the home.

Ann Marie Caldwell, 33, and Darla Dawn Newell-Mathews, 46, were arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Newell-Mathews was also arrested on a failure to pay fines misdemeanor warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court.

Newell-Mathews' 14-year-old daughter was cited after deputies said they found a pipe and marijuana in the teen's purse. She was released to the custody of a family member.

Solley was booked into the Mohave County Jail on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of tattooing inside a residence.