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    On a brilliantly sunny Sunday morning on the 28th March, 2010, I ventured forth from central London, my comfort zone, to attend the first ever Essex Tattoo Expo.   Despite having to negotiate the rigours of replacement bus services and the other inevitable delays one has come to expect if travelling by train at...
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    Berlin’s International Tattoo convention has come a long way from its humble beginnings in a bar during the 90’s. The number of visitors has continued to increase year by year to the 10,000 who attended in 2009.    Berlin. The leading cultural capital of the 1920’s is today characterised by its dazzling...
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    Whilst wandering about at the Manchester Tattoo show, I had heard a few rumours that there was to be a new show, taking place in Germany.   The rumour was that a very healthy selection of international artists were going to attend, many from America and beyond. I’d heard the likes of Bob Tyrrell, Liorcifer,...
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    I had not been to a tattoo convention in America before, so when Rick Harnowski, the organiser and owner of Skin illustrations Inc, invited me over for his convention, I jumped at the chance. I was very eager to see what sort of difference there was between the two countries.  After a twenty-four hour flight...
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    Tattooing in the Church between Coffins and Christmas Trees   Under paintings with biblical scenes, Christmas trees and bells, the visitor to the third Alkmaar Tattoo Convention will find painted coffins with images of Buddha and an Egyptian pharaoh. The entrance to the huge Gothic St.Laurenskerk in the centre...
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    The ninth Artline Tattoo Expo, Brugge on the 13th and 14th of September 2004 is the last but one, organizer John Artliner tells me. He wants to stop on a high. Co-organizer Klets has choosen John for the Piercing Alex Award. So he wants to stimulate him to go on. Because the Artline Expo is popular and...
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    Rotterdam has always had a strong tradition in Tattoo-art. Surprisingly the Let’s Buzz Tattoo convention this year was only the third tattoo convention ever held in Rotterdam. Errol (The Inkstitution), Rob (Yellow Roof) and Marco (Marco Bratt Tattoo) decided to give it another go again this year. Marco: ‘I’ve been...
  • The biggest event in our tattooing calendar came at us like a herd of rampaging bison. The 2010 Jam was everything we expected it to be and so much more... There are many ways to kick off the biggest weekend in our year and I almost made it to the cab share that Roman Abrego jumped into that was headed for the...
  • When Surf ’n’ Ink opened its doors on Friday, January 15th, it was a historic moment. For the first time ever an international tattoo convention was going to be held on Australian soil. And the starting field was nothing less than impressive.  The venue was pretty empty when I arrived at the Gold Coast...
  • There are two things that I always look forward to in the first week in March, my birthday (another year older and deeper in debt…) and the Manchester International Tattoo Show. So as the country finally managed to thaw out from its icy grip of winter, I was eager for a weekend of inky fun and frolics. The sun...
  • Every now and then a new tattoo show appears on the UK calendar that changes the way conventions are run, giving some convention organisers a kick up the rear end as to how to improve their own shows. Tattoo Freeze was that show. From pretty much the dawn of time in tattoo conventions, there was the Dunstable tattoo...
  • Perched right out on the East coast of Yorkshire, Hull, as many can imagine, could be seen as rather boring. Admittedly, it was a sideways rainy, cloudy and windy day when we arrived on a bitter Sunday in early May. But fear not, Hull is an amazing place; you just have to know where to look.  Look at the Humber...
  • Named the ‘City with one hundred bell-towers’, Poitiers has in its centre, 78 monuments that are protected by ‘the Historical Inheritance’ commitee. Within the city there are many imposing monuments and Roman churches, picturesque medieval streets and houses with wooden sides, boulevards and some superb looking...
  • A cornucopia of colourful creatives congregate on the coast. Brighton caters for all artistic tastes and has quite a reputation for being extremely liberal in its views and as such supports a huge artistic community of musicians, painters, sculptors, architects and of course...tattooists. NEIL So with such a...
  • The Castellon Tattoo convention keeps growing in popularity from year to year, thanks to the hard work and dedication from the team at Producciones MLBC. For many of the foreign artists, three days is never enough time to fit everything in that the organisers put on, so from the Thursday evening, there was a...
  • I’d not been to the Peterlee Convention before but Paul, Skin Deep’s number one photographer and Status Quo fan had raved about it from the day I took over piloting the good ship Skin Deep. So this year, it was time to head northwards and check out the show for myself. After a very nice drive over the North...
  • When you think of Switzerland, you congure up the image of a well ordered, neutral country. Switzerland evokes thoughts of many stereotypes: chocolate, bankers without a sense of humour and large international tattoo organisations! But it is has more than that to offer. Switzerland is appreciated by skiers for its...
  • The first weekend in November saw the second convention jointly organised by Lee Symonds of Cherry Blossom tattoo studio and Stuart Salmon of Colchester Body Arts to be held at the Martello holiday park in Walton–on–Naze. Again it was a two-day show with a pre-convention party on the Friday night for the...
  • Way back in the distant past of the 20th century there was a convention that was held in Colchester. It was run by Dave Ross, who at that time was probably the most well known tattoo artist in the whole of Essex. The convention run its course and then there was nothing happening on the convention front in Essex...
  • A collection of collectors, a tribe of tattooists and an educational eden set in the beautiful Berkshire mountains.   Last year, an enterprising chap and tattooing stalwart by the name of Gabe Ripley set about putting on a totally different kind of tattoo event. His aim was to amass a collection of top-notch...
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