Convention features

  • Porn, best stud and orgasm-contests and still family orientated? The Tattoo Body Art Expo in San Francisco is just one of seven on the tour of Megaproductions gigantic shows in the American tattoo world and its goal is to be big, varied and weird… "You should go to the convention in Pomona. It’s better. It’s even...
  • Well as the old saying goes, conventions over here seem to be like buses, you wait ages for one then they all come at once! This month I have two conventions  in two different cities in a week. The Sydney tattoo expo is undoubtedly the highlight in a lot of peoples convention calendar, now in...
  • One of the oldest towns in France, Toulouse was founded by the Romans in the second century AD and is dubbed the ‘Pink City’ because of the colour of the principal local building material: brick. Located between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, 730km from Paris, Toulouse is considered to be a very important...
  • The New York City convention got started the year after the ban against tattooing in New York was lifted. Twelve years later it’s still held in the Roseland Ballroom, a couple of busy, bustling blocks away from Times Square. This is a convention that offers more than just tattoos, but all of that is happening outside...
  • Derby’s State of the Art tattoo, body art and music festival kicked off to a storming start on Saturday 17th July 2010, marking the tenth anniversary of this legendary convention weekender.  Queuing punters filled the main hall setting the tempo for a very busy weekend indeed.  Over 100 artists were ...
  • For the first three days of April the 7th ‘Convención internacional de tatuaje’ was held in the centre of Madrid... One should keep in mind that the art of tattooing and piercing is not yet the accepted phenomenon in Spain as it is in northern or western Europe. One Spanish Tattoo-artist told me: ‘Of course tattoos...
  • If the word Pontins conjures up images of mouldy chalets, unidentifiable stains and soggy beach trips, then you will be surprised to learn that twice a year this unlikely venue plays host to a rock n roll event of legendary status. Fast motors, huge quiffs, an abundance of leopard print and a bar which serves mini...
  • This was the fifth year that the Gillingham convention had been held at the King Charles hotel just outside the actual town center of Gillingham in Kent. When we arrived we got a pleasant surprise as the main area where the convention is held had been totally refurbished and I must say looked so much better for it....
  • For some reason Scotland has been largely overlooked when it comes to Tattoo Conventions. Up until now that is. For the last few years we have had Piper Jim’s Aberdeen show but that catered for the whole of Scotland. So Bribs – Skin Deep’s long-standing contributor and all-round good bloke decided to put on the first...
  • This year the venue for the seventh ‘Europe Event’ in Paris was held in the Montreuil district. Previous years the show, has been held in Austerlitz but the organisers felt that the new venue was better fed by public transport giving access to the show to more people, all coming along for some new ink, or just to have...
  • The weekend of the 22nd / 23rd of October saw the first Cardiff tattoo convention organized by the guys at Silverhand jewellery. The venue was the old coal exchange in Cardiff bay and the idea was to have something a bit different to just the normal convention format. To this end they decided to call the show Tattoo...
  • Whether you’re passionate or simply curious about tattoos, the convention in Milan is the place to be. It is undeniably one of the most interesting tattoo conventions in Europe and a safe bet artistically speaking as long as you’re not agoraphobic. The weather is spring-like for the opening of the sixteenth Italian...
  • “I have heard of the greatness of Liverpool but the reality far surpasses my expectation” Prince Albert Hell, with an opening quote like that, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we’d exhumed His Royal Highness to take ina a weekend on Merseyside for what has fast become the most invigorating tattoo show of the year...
  • Toulouse, situated between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, some 456 miles from Paris, and is the 4th largest French city. With more than 700,000 inhabitants and growing steadily, the greater urban district of Toulouse is one of the biggest cities In southern Europe. The general quality of life, including the good...
  • As you walk into the Marked for Life ’Women’s Expo in Kissimmee Florida there is a lot of ‘eye candy’ for sure. The women are adorned with a Kaleidoscope of colour and exotic images placed upon their delicious flesh.  As the banners go up and the booth is ready, soon the sounds of buzzing tattoo machines are...
  • This year was the first time the exhibition site of Colmar had accommodated an international convention of tattooing and piercing. The M.com company was represented by Diane and Evelyne. They decided to stage a convention in Colmar because of the warm reception that they had received by the people living there. In...
  •   Sunday 26th March saw the fourth annual Peterlee tattoo arts festival to be held at Peterlee leisure centre and it gets busier every year. I think Peterlee is a bloody good show, so in this time of tattooing becoming increasingly popular by the day and shows coming and going what actually makes for a good...
  • Gillingham has always been one of my favourite conventions, right from the very first one which I think was 7 years ago, although this year it may well be the 8th. The show has always been about having a good time with a laid back atmosphere and never taking itself too seriously. It’s always been about shooting the...
  • One of the things you most want to see when a small convention like Somerset is in its second year is a sign that things are going from strength to strength. That’s been confirmed in the event itself, as it continues to grow and pull in even more artists and interested tatt fans from the surrounding area, and it is...
  • A few facts about Newton Abbot or N’abbot (pronounced nah-but) as it is known by the locals. Newton Abbot used to be the hub of the South West Railway network back in Victorian times, where the town grew very rapidly as it was home to the South Devon Locomotive Works. This hub of major employment later was turned over...
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