Convention features

  • July 2005 saw what must be one of the busiest July’s ever as far as tattoo conventions go, 3 in two weeks and two of the shows were the two biggest of the year. Because of this I think all 3 shows suffered in one way or another. For Portsmouth, which was in its 6th year, it didn’t suffer from the turnout, there was a...
  • Tattoos and tattoo art has evolved considerably over the last decade or so and tattoos are not just for young people anymore. There are over half a dozen magazines about this subject. So with this in mind, I say that tattooing can be considered one of the oldest trades in the world as there have been found Egyptian...
  • The Derby tattoo convention has been on the tattoo scene for a good few years now, seeing off many other smaller shows in terms of longevity and establishing itself as one of the ‘good ones’ to go to. Always with a varied selection of international artists and always a fine choice in live music to keep the punters...
  • In association with the Liverpool Tattoo Convention 2010 comes an exhibition of contemporary tattoo design entitled “Tattoowhoo”, which will be held at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre in the city from the 3rd to the 27th June.     The exhibition will comprise of two main elements: Firstly, it will...
  • It’s good to do a convention for the first time; it means that what you write is new and fresh rather than comparing it to the previous year. This was the case for me at Blackpool this year, although the show is in its fifth year I had never covered it before. The Blackpool show is on the weekend of the August...
  • It’s hard to believe sometimes with all the conventions that come and go just how long some have been running, this is the case with Gillingham, I’ve covered this show every year from when it started and this year saw its 9th anniversary. Maybe it’s just as you get older the years go by quicker but it sure as hell...
  • The First International Tattoo Convention Assen was organized for the first weekend of April. The location was really beautiful too. Lying in the middle of a wood near this town in the north-eastern part of the Netherlands. The venue is furnished in a Mexican style: colourful mosaics at the windows, cactuses and...
  • Life is a gamble. Without a doubt hosting the first Bournemouth Ink tattoo convention the same weekend as the well-established Liverpool convention was a MASSIVE gamble. One that would either be a stroke of genius or a complete failure.    However, if you know what you are doing the odds can be stacked in...
  • The 2005 download festival saw some amazing live shows from a wide variety of bands across the rock music spectrum. Shows are becoming more visual with stage pyrotechnics, huge inflatables and some incredible lighting effects. However, one band pushed the boundaries of live performance to the limit and had everyone at...
  • You have to love the Liverpudlian sense of humour. Famed for their razor-sharp wit and observational craic, the inhabitants of Merseyside ensure that a weekend spent in the city is never a dull one; Neil and I have yet to recover from one such sidYou have to love the Liverpudlian sense of humour. Famed for their...
  • If you didn’t know that the London Tattoo convention was taking place this October, I assume you have been living under a rock for the last year. The pre-advertising for this show was on a scale like nothing I’d seen before. Magazines, newspapers, radio and featured pages printed in some in-flight magazines of...
  • Hull. What can you say about Hull? Seems a hell of a long way from anywhere; right out on the east coast of England in the Humber estuary.  Not a place where you imagine a huge gathering of inky people to converse and partake in all that is tattoo.   At first glance one could be misled into thinking why...
  • If any one had ever tried to get from North Wales to The south of the country, You’ll know that there is no direct route and it can be a real pain in the bum to drive. But on the Morning of the 17th of April, the roads were pretty clear enabling me to get from Snowdon to Newport in just over three hours. And I didn’t...
  • At The Central Coast Tattoo & Music Festival  There’s something magical going on here, and I can’t quite grasp the appropriate description with words.  I live and work in an amazing place – the Central Coast of California – and for as ridiculously conservative as this area can be, it is beautifully...
  • After last years show being quiet I wasn’t sure what to expect at this years Ink n Iron, taking into account the fact that there had already been 3 shows previously this year. When we arrived I was pleased to see that there seemed to be more artists than last year and when I had a good look round there were more...
  • It seems only a year ago that I got out my detective hat and swooped onto those two dare-devils of the tattoo industry, Dan Dare and Buzz Lightyear; alias Phil and Al from the State of the Art Tattoo Convention in Derby and this is what I discovered over a glass of tonic water. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on...
  • Durb Morrison and his Hell City minions have announced the release of a publication packed full of petit paintings, all 2” x 3” in stature: Pint Size Paintings. Showcasing miniature ministrations from the hands of Guy Aitchison, Thomas Kynst and Aaron Bell (amongst many others), Pint Size Paintings is set for release...
  • About 2000 tattoo fans visited Amersfoort on the first weekend of April for the fifth Tattoo Convention held in the party centre De Klaveet, Situated just outside of the city. Organizer Bart van der Brink of tattoo shop OK Corral brought different many styles together. From New School to black & grey, Samoan...
  • Over the bank holiday weekend of 29th- 30th May, Bournemouth International Centre will play host to the second tattoo convention held in this delightful southwest coast resort. Last year was a huge success so the organisers have moved to a bigger, more fitting space for this year’s frivolities. Come and join us for a...
  • This year’s Granite City Tattoo Convention was a big hit and miss as to whether it would go ahead. The Scottish government, in their infinite wisdom, decided that all tattooists in Scotland needed a new type of license to operate. Not just that, but Piper Jim, the man behind Granite City show was told that he had to...
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