Bloody Marvel us

Published: 19 January, 2010 - Featured in Skin Deep 138, October, 2006

Tattoo conventions in South Africa don’t happen that often, so when they do happen, visitors flock from all over the country to attend. The BLOODY MARVEL-US “Yearn to Burn” Tattoo Convention was held from 13-14 May at the Wesbank Raceway in Germiston, East of Johannesburg. , East of Johannesburg

It was organised by “White Trash Clothing”, and according to main man “Buddha”, the aim of the convention was for all “freaks to show the people they’re not really freaks”.

Tattooed arms, legs, chests, backs, hands, armpits, faces(!) and more unmentionable body parts were displayed. The convention attracted 33 of the most talented tattooists from near and far, and hundreds of visitors came to enjoy the display of tattooed flesh.

A body suspension was held on Saturday night, where Daniel Millar was pulled upright by Paul Collocott and Royston. They made use of a pully system, and Daniel was suspended for ten minutes. The suspension was done by the professional team from “Body Skewer”. More information available on

The weekend culminated in a prize giving on Sunday night. There were seventeen categories, and winners got trophies, while runners-up all got certificates. Judges had a tough time going through the 320 tattoos that were entered. The judges were popular SA DJ, Thato “Fresh” Sikwane, well-tattooed Joey M and Bill Botes, from the band “Blood Line”.

Not only did the event provide for those interested in body manipulation, it also catered for those with a slightly lower pain threshold with exciting music, dancing, extreme sports and lots of skateboarding. Entertainment included eight major SA bands, as well as some top SA DJ’s. There were numerous stalls with anything from tattoos, body piercings, clothing, memorabilia and music.

Artists and tattoo collectors from all over South Africa got the chance to swap ideas, learn new techniques, and, most importantly, have thought-provoking conversations and lots of beer! Even the weather played along, and there was no excuse not to show off interesting works of art.Overall, the convention was a great success and the whole country is holding it’s breath for the next one!


Text & Photos: Nerrisa D’alton