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  • It’s the first tattoo convention of the calendar and the call of the needle brought hundreds upon hundreds to the second annual Tattoo Freeze as we exposed ourselves to a bigger and longer event than the previous year. Would it rain, would it snow, would it shine? We didn’t know any better than you, but we built it...
  • In Thailand, tattoos are more than just a skin-decorating art form. At Wat Bang Phra temple, monks wielding bamboo needles dedicate themselves to tattooing the bodies of those seeking protection from spirits, demons or even bullets. Every year, between the end of February and the beginning of March, one of Thailand’s...
  • He’s still out there! This issue, we find Craigy Lee ‘resting’ – or maybe a better way of putting it would be ‘not driving’. Indeed, for part three of his road trip, we find him working hard at Rites of Passage. There’s been a lot of talk about the Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival, almost every Australian artist I...
  • On the 27th and 28th of November Kentucky State Bourbon and Cola presented the first New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth.  New Plymouth is a small town on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand with a rich art history, making it the perfect location for an...
  • After 13 years, the Brussels Tattoo Convention is back in the spotlight of the European convention scene. November the 13th and 14th saw its long-awaited comeback with the Belgian convention displaying a very attractive European and international programme, in the north of the city. In spite of the gloomy weather, the...
  • We heard it calling from afar, but who would draw the straw that took them to the Holy Land? Who could handle the blistering heat and cope with excess all areas in the land of slot machines, Elvis and er, lobsters? When it came to the crunch, we simply sent out the big (Flaming) Guns. The Las Vegas Tattoo Convention...
  • Tattoo 'virgin', Lee Griffiths, travels to Newton Abbot's Halloween Tattoo Bash No. 4 to savour the scary sights and sounds of one of the UK's most celebrated tattoo events. I don’t know much about tattoos, I don’t have a tattoo and the people I see with tattoos sometimes scare me, and as I’m edging closer to my...
  • One event that passionate tattoo people daren’t miss is the Barcelona Tattoo Expo International organised by Mik Garreta assisted by Carlos and Barcelona’s Pro Arts Tattoo Studio. This convention is one of the oldest in the country and certainly the most anticipated in Spain. During the three day event (1st to 3rd...
  • With more and more international conventions staking their claim as the “one to be seen at”, Tattoo Art Fest in Paris continues to grow and offer more variation year after year. This year was no exception – and from Paris, we would expect no less. World renowned for its fabulous museums, breathtaking monuments and...
  • The term “Tattoo Industry” is not a popular one; many people would rather not taint the art with business terms, preferring to think of it as a craft or a profession. Nonetheless it’s hard to deny the ‘industry’ that has sprung up around tattoos, this for example: Trade suppliers that produce and sell necessary...
  • Art Tattoo this year was really something to get your teeth into. From the 10th to the 12th September at GARE Windsor, more than 150 artists from all over the world took to their booths and inked some of the finest examples of convention produced art seen this year. The 2010 Art Tattoo Montréal was the busiest ever...
  • Will 2010 be remembered as the year in which the smaller conventions finally take off and start holding their own against the big guns? Judging by the success of this one, that really may be the case: I quite surprised myself when it dawned on me that, considering it’s so close to home and in its third year, I...
  • When you live, like I do, out in the middle of nowhere, in the UK equivalent of Buttfuck, Idaho or Dogdick, Delaware, then truly exotic custom machinery is a little bit rare on the ground, a bit few and far between. Suffolk (Rabbit) Punch Having said that, I had heard for years of some bloke in the area, a tattooist...
  • The monster construction that is Tobacco Dock remains a stroke of brilliance on behalf of the London Tattoo Convention. Easy to get to and big enough to cope, you can see the crowd from about 1000 metres away – and that’s impressive. Now in its sixth year and only showing signs of getting bigger, it’s hard to see how...
  • Many people predicted the rise of tattooing in popular culture was a fad and that interest would soon drop off. Despite the tough ride the economy has had in the last eighteen months, the surge in popularity of getting tattooed shows no sign of following in the footsteps of the bankers. Alongside this we have seen a...
  • Everybody has their favourite shows during the year, whether it’s working or just visiting, and the reasons for this are as plentiful as the number of shows themselves. Some like big international events where they can get the chance to get some tattoo work done by an artist from overseas, others like local shows and...
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    Last year, there was a new show to add to the ever expanding tattoo convention calendar and to be totally honest, I was a little sceptical as to what was going to be ‘new and exciting’ about this show. Sadly, it clashed with another big show so I sent a Skin Deep Freelancer; Al Overdrive down South to see what all the...
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    This was the third edition of the by now very popular North Lakes Tattoo Convention. This small, but perfectly formed show is expertly run by Mike and Doc Fell from Mike’s Tattoos in Carlisle and has seen a steady growth over the past three years.   The venue is a small workingmen’s club/pub tucked away from the...
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    After two years absence from the UK tattoo show scene, the Ink & Iron Tattoo Convention gladly opened its doors to the public. All be it in an new, smaller venue after a few political issues that abruptly stopped the show taking place at the NEC.   The Ink & Iron is the longest running show in the UK,...
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    In its 5th year, The Convention of Tattoo Arts in San Jose, California, once again has shown why it is the West coast’s premiere tattoo happening. Unlike a lot of the other conventions out there, San Jose bears the distinction of being a completely by tattooist, for tattooist event. As co-organizer Horitaka puts it: “...
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