Tattoo Manufacturing Named Arizona’s Small Business Exporter of the Year

November 30, 2022

Tucson-based manufacturer exports US-made products around the world


TUCSON, AZ, April 11, 2013 – Tattoo Manufacturing International (TMI), the world’s largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos, has been named the 2013 Small Business Exporter of the Year by the Arizona District of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  TMI is one of eight award recipients, all of which will be honored at the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) 20th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon in Phoenix on May 16.

“Each year the SBA has the honor of spotlighting Arizona winners of our Small Business Week awards in a ceremony that recognizes and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and community activism that has long characterized the small business community of our great state,” said Robert J. Blaney, the District Director of the SBA in Arizona. “These men and women are the risk takers, the innovators and the employers that power our economy and daily serve our communities, in business and as local leaders.”

TMI is an Arizona exporter that ships to more than 80 countries, including weekly exports to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and South Africa. The company has more than 100 employees and prints seven million temporary tattoos every day in its Tucson, AZ, manufacturing facilities.  TMI has a 90 percent market share in North America and a 65 percent share globally.

“We are thrilled to have the Arizona District SBA recognize the efforts or our team, and honored to be selected as Arizona’s Exporter of the Year,” said Stephen Tooker, CEO of Tattoo Manufacturing International (TMI). “The SBA worked with TMI to help us grow internationally with its award of an Arizona Step Grant, and we’ve taken that vote of confidence to heart.  We know there’s a demand for fairly priced American products, and we are proud to make our products available worldwide.”

TMI has partnered with more than 65,000 businesses and other organizations to provide custom corporate temporary tattoos of the same quality as the tattoos produced for sale in Walgreens, WalMart, Michaels, Target, Toys R Us and other national retailers.  It remains committed to manufacturing all of its products, including temporary tattoos, stickers, paint books and coloring posters, in the USA.


About Tattoo Manufacturing International

Tattoo Manufacturing, a division of TMI Acquisition LLC, is the largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos in the world. The company designs and manufactures all of its products in Tucson, AZ. Products are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, use FDA certified colorants and comply with CSPC/CPSIA and ASTM requirements. All products exceed US, Canadian and EU safety standards. The company’s products have a worldwide reputation for quality. Visit or call 1-800-747-8016 for more information.