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  • Try to pronounce Moenchengladbach. Yes, I said Moen-chen-glad-bach! You might ask yourself where the heck that is? Well, it might not be the centre of our tattoo world, but it sure is the location of one of the finest tattoo conventions in Germany! Now why would someone want to travel to the land of the boche at the...
  • Bikinis, exotic animals, a more than liberal dose of the yellow ball in the sky – nice work if you can get it. Aga Hairesis gets shipped off to Surf n’ Ink to make sure nobody is having too much fun out there… though, now she’s back, we’re not sure who was the winner of that scenario. I arrived at Heathrow airport on...
  • It wouldn't be Tattoo Freeze without a little touch of frost, and this year, in the dying embers of a great show, the snow made an appearance too. What started out as a cool small show to kick off the year has fast become one of the most fun shows on the circuit. This year sported more artists in attendance than ever...
  • If you find yourself in the Windy City and happen to run into a 47-year-old former computer industry consultant whose arms are covered with designer toys, feel free to gawk and ask questions about his jaw-dropping ink, courtesy of the über talented Hannah Aitchison. Lord knows you won’t be the first or the last to...
  • A two-year wait proved more than worth it for the second The Mill New Zealand Tattoo & Art festival, as over 250 of the world’s best tattoo artists converged on the small seaside town of New Plymouth on November 24-25. With the sun shining all weekend and Mt Taranaki as a perfect backdrop, the NZ Tattoo & Art...
  • Winter is only weeks away, but it feels like the middle of summer as you make your way through the throngs of tourists and never-ending rows of palm trees. You enter Caesars Palace in search of shade and discover cobblestone streets, ancient statues and fountains galore. You emerge on the other side and glimpse a...
  • Belgium? Hmm… not a country normally known around these parts as being somewhere to drop into your calendar every year when it comes to tattooing, but maybe that’s only because we’ve not been looking properly… You can take the man out of the UK but the rain will follow regardless. I haven’t been to Brussels for about...
  • Just when autumn hit England with cold wind and rain, I get to pack up my bags and hit the road again. With my mind already set to Spanish sunny weather, I decide to put my sandals and summer clothes on, and in the middle of a freezing night, I made my way to the airport to take off for Barcelona. Shaking with cold...
  • Here we go again. With the Manchester International Show now sitting pretty in the previously sunny August spot of our calendar, Tattoo Jam found itself a new home during pumpkin season when the sun sets early only to let the stars come out and shine… When the highlight of Tattoo Jam isn’t getting to swank about in...
  • When I was a teenager the most exciting thing to happen all year was the annual August visit from a travelling fair... The first signs of the impending invasion were literal ones, roadside signs pointing the way to still empty spaces, promising a future of shiny lights, sugary food, and exhilarating thrills. The signs...
  • Are you a regular at conventions held in the old continent? If so, forget everything you know. The Ink-n-Iron festival is definitely of American taste – oversized, just like the gigantic ship where, over three days, the ninth edition of this California convention unrolled. Knowing from experience that conventions tend...
  • A lot of artists I have met in Europe get very excited when they talk about the Amsterdam tattoo convention, really hyping it up. So it has been one of the shows I’ve been looking forward to the most this year, combined with the fact I have never visited Amsterdam before and I’ll get the chance to visit the tattoo...
  • …and for more than one day too. The two-day event that is Ink For Heroes is one of the favourites on the circuit and never fails to supply amazement somewhere along the line. The weekend of June 23-24 saw one of our favourite conventions on the circuit, Ink For Heroes, take place. For the first time, the show was held...
  • The first Summer Inkfest in Genk in the eastern part of Belgium took place in an historical mine building called C-Mine. It may be the first, but it certainly won’t be the last as we take closer look at this great weekend. “I am new in the tattoo scene, but people already know me from that. I travel a lot along...
  • I always wanted to visit this tattoo convention. I’ve heard so many good things about this event, but unfortunately something always came up and I couldn’t go. This year however, after talking to organizers, whom I have now met many times at various European conventions and who are great, passionate people, I decided...
  • The first show in Northampton was a real sight to behold  - Agnieszka Hairesis picks up on all the good bits...
  • My next two conventions are both taking place in Germany, the first in a small town called Plauen in east Germany, which is in its first year, and the second in the larger city of Frankfurt in western Germany, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year… two shows, two polar opposites! I organised working at...
  • Now in its second year, the Portsmouth Tattoo Extravaganza continues to throw some great shapes down on the south coast – here are some of them!
  • Somewhere around here, the streets are paved with gold. At least that’s what I used to believe all those years ago when I first moved here from Smallville, but such is the story of everybody that comes here trying to escape from themselves. Kensington has a reputation to uphold – one that is currently kept alive...
  • The 4th Sydney Tattoo and Body Art Expo were held on the weekend of March 9-11 at Olympic park, Sydney, Australia. The Expo was held over three amazingly packed days – something was happening on the main stage the whole time the show went on, everything from burlesque dancers to body suspension. This is Australia’s...
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