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The worst tattoos local artists have seen over the years

Look. We’ve all made mistakes, and many of us have made bad decisions when it comes to permanently inking ourselves in a tattoo shop. Or a basement. Or a garage. Hey, we don’t know where you like to get your tattoos.

Unfortunately, sometimes you have to live with those forehead-slapping tattoos for a while. On the other...

Beneath the skin: Local tattoo artists reveal their most meaningful, quirky, or just plain worst tattoos

It’s hard to imagine a tattoo artist who isn’t covered in tattoos. Just try it. Can’t do it? Neither can we.

Tattoo artists are usually covered nearly from head to toe in an amalgam of colorful ink, and local artists are no exception.

Graceful Eye owner Joshua Barela estimated that tattoos cover nearly 80...

‘Half of this town’s population still is certain today that it saw space ships’: Recalling the Farmington Armada UFO incident

Virgil Jerry Riggs was just 8 years old in 1950, but the young boy became one of the witnesses to see hundreds of saucer-shaped objects appear in the sky over Farmington, New Mexico.

The mass sighting, later known as the Farmington Armada incident, took place as the young child played outside during recess at Aztec...

Forget Roswell: Durango’s New Mexico neighbor Aztec has one of the most intriguing UFO mysteries of the Southwest

The site of the 1948 UFO crash sits just north of Aztec, New Mexico, and it’s not an easy place to find. It’s hidden inside a barren desert landscape and surrounded by rugged dirt roads, eerie rock formations, and arid shrub life along County Road 2770.

The Aztec UFO incident is a tale we hadn’t heard until a couple of...

Want to look for ET? Head to the UFO Watchtower in Hooper

The UFO Watchtower isn’t just a good spot for catching a glimpse of extraterrestrials. It’s also a place where you can talk about your alien or UFO encounter without getting laughed out of Colorado, which, according to owner Judy Messoline, is a conversation that happens regularly at the alien-enthusiast hot spot. About 80...

A tipsy time at Derailed Pour House’s newly remodeled bar lounge

“It’s the perfect white-girl-wasted drink,” our companion declares, holding up a glass of wild strawberry basil lemonade at Derailed Pour House. “In the summer, it’s the perfect patio and drink, and in the winter...”

She trails off, distracted by the music providing the soundtrack for our visit to Derailed. She...

Indigenous artistry: Native American creatives talk life on the res, kicking down boundaries, and learning to tell their own stories

Graphic designer, comic book artist, musician, filmmaker – it doesn’t matter the medium or the tribe – Native artists want to be the ones to tell their own stories, from the grit to the shine.

These artists are proud of who they are. They embrace the struggle of challenging the status quo to shed light on who their...

Digging up nostalgia, dust, and sexy Santa at the VFW record swap

“Are you looking for the record swap?” a patient staffer at the Veterans of Foreign Wars asks us, likely prompted by the look of confusion slapped across our faces as we make our way through the thrift store at the VFW.

We nod, relieved that we won’t be wandering helplessly about much longer. She points us in the right...

Diner dive of the week: Thick shakes and thicc burgers at Ben’s Big Burgers

Ben’s Big Burgers promises colossal-sized burgers that will make you feel thicccccc after devouring them, and boy, do they deliver.

We’d been eyeballing the divey-looking burger joint downtown on Second Avenue for weeks, but it wasn’t until one late afternoon, when we’d skipped our lunch hour at work, that our companion...

Native artists on why they’re proud to be American Indian creatives

There are plenty of reasons to be proud of being a Native American – a history of resilience, rich family histories, a strong sense of who you are and where you come from. DGO Mag interviewed seven American Indian artists who live in Durango and the surrounding area, each with their own version of why they’re proud to be...

Through the Native lens: American Indian artists on pushing boundaries, being activists in their work, and ‘not being Native enough’

Native comic book artist Kayla Shaggy is tired of how Indigenous people are portrayed in the media.

Often two-dimensional background characters, stereotyped, and placed against a backdrop of poverty porn, there’s a lot of room for growth in terms of how American Indians are depicted across a variety of art forms. We...

Riff Raff on the Rio is a great place to chug beer and hot-as-hell margaritas

The Chokecherry Habañero Margarita at Riff Raff on the Rio is one hell of a margarita, but that also means its spices came from the very flames of Hades’ underworld. With each gulp of the pink-power cocktail, our companions have a good laugh at our expense, watching as we try to douse the inferno sizzling down our very...

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