Convention features

  • We made it, finally, albeit a bit drunker and resultantly even more jubilant than expected. And the festival site spread out before us for ages. So now what? Find the gate. Check. Show the ticket. Check. Receive wristband. Check. Rain. Indeed. Prepared? Only time will tell if that 86p shower curtain I bought at...
  • The Tattoo Club Holland (THC) staged a party on the 25th of September. For the 15th time they had organized the yearly Tattoo Sunday in Nijmegen. About 1000 people visited this year’s convention with mostly Dutch artists working. There were some other artists working including Belgium, John Artliner and Guido Custom....
  • Well first things first, I must confess that I was, prior to the 7th Annual Dublin Tattoo Convention, a tattoo convention virgin (from a photographer/journalist standpoint; I have been to conventions before, they don’t let just anyone cover these events you know) and boy, did I get my cherry popped.   I was...
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    Many moons have passed since my past sojourns to Wales’ southern reaches; once for a rugby tour, and once to compete as part of a choir in the Eisteddfod (Wales’ national arts celebration)…but I don’t want to linger on that.   I arrived bleary-eyed on the Sunday morning and was immediately greeted by Pam and...
  • By now the dust will have well and truly settled over Donington Park, formerly the home of the incredible Monsters of Rock one-day music festival. This was soon to be reborn as what we know as Download. Since 2003 Download has been home to probably the Heavy metal event in the UK and long may it continue... This...
  • Just my bloody luck that the first time I get to go to the Durham show it’s the last one. We traveled up on the Saturday and stayed in a quite nice little hotel about 5 miles away from Meadowfield. The only problem was there was a birthday party going on and our room was right above the hall it was in. I thought...
  • The dust has finally settled after another sublime weekend on Merseyside at the 3rd Annual Liverpool Tattoo Convention, and we had an incredible time in the warm sunshine that bathed the venue over the two days. Our extensive coverage of the show will appear in Skin Deep 189 (on sale 24th August) but for now, here’s...
  • 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...
  • In the southern French speaking part of Belgium, in Wallonia, lays Mons, a town close to the French border. The location of the convention was in the very modern and spacious Mons Expohal. Inside working at the convention were tattoo artists from Belgium, France and Holland. The relaxed and cosy convention attracted...
  • Another year has come to pass since the enormity of the London show settled into its new abode at Tobacco Dock and made each and every visitor fall in love with the venue’s character and charm.   The last gasp of summer seems to hold itself back until the London weekend and we were blessed with a conclusive...
  • You! Yes, you! Do you know what day it is? Why, it’s the day before the Liverpool Tattoo Convention!   For starters, the list of international talent is packed full of legendary tattoo smiths: Dan Henk, Kyle Cotterman, Sebo, and Eckel are just a handful of those churning out beautiful tattoos this weekend,...
  • For the first time in three years I actually managed to make it to the much talked about Halloween Bash. Mac and Rod from Punctured & Painted tattoo and piercing studio have gradually increased and improved the format of their small but perfectly formed tattoo convention to point where it is the show to go to...
  • In this day and age of the tattoo community and namely the tattoo convention, as tattoo consumers we are constantly drawn to the bigger tattoo shows, the Tattoo Jams, Londons and Brightons of the tattoo year. Yet to me there is something about the smaller, local grassroots shows. Just because a show is...
  • I don’t want a holiday in the sun. Good. ‘Cause it doesn’t look like you’re ‘gonna get one at the first ever Speed Freaks Ball. Mick lovingly gave birth to this celebration of all things tattooed, pissed and punk during the second weekend of November and a huge one it was too. Ouch.    Aimed at a...
  • There are just nine days left before the Liverpool Tattoo Convention bursts into life over the weekend of June 19th & 20th. Liverpool is undeniably one of the most original shows on the British calendar and the integration of tattoo duels, coupled with quirky compères and a crackling atmosphere, makes this a...
  • London’s Wellcome Collection begins a three-month-long exhibition tomorrow as it delves into the mysteries of the largest human organ: skin. Skin is divided into four themes (Objects, Marks, Impressions, and Afterlives) and it presents a philosophical perspective on each of these areas. Obviously, the one that piqued...
  • Hunkered down low over its rims, due to the weight of equipment and many wares to be sold, the little black car slowly started its journey. This particular Sunday morning was crisp, clear and bright, giving the occupants of the little black car a feeling of mutual anticipation, of excitement and optimism.   The...
  • Well let me start off by telling you how excited I was after receiving an e-mail from Zac giving me the heads up about this new Tattoo event in Derry, N. Ireland. It’s been a while since Northern Ireland held its last show and having attended most of them, I knew I was in for a treat. I contacted the boss [Neil...
  • We’ll forgive you for not having heard of the S.I.N.S. show before since, for one, it’s held over in Belgium and, secondly, it’s mainly an indoor hot rod and kustom Kulture show for hot rodders preferring the ‘traditional’ style of cars and bikes.     The nostalgia scene is very big right now and much in...
  • As quoted by Lyle Tuttle, the Body Art Expo is the world largest Tattoo convention and after great success in L.A and San Francisco it was about to hit the very south of California: San Diego! Well, that is right on my doorsteps and it would have been a sin, not to arm myself with my camera, pen and paper and dive...
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