Moenchengladbach Tattoo Ink Explosion 4 2012

Published: 29 April, 2013 - Featured in Skin Deep 224, April, 2013

Try to pronounce Moenchengladbach. Yes, I said Moen-chen-glad-bach! You might ask yourself where the heck that is? Well, it might not be the centre of our tattoo world, but it sure is the location of one of the finest tattoo conventions in Germany!

Now why would someone want to travel to the land of the boche at the beginning of springtime when there are so many warm places in the world worth visiting?

Maybe because Andy Schmidt (Andy’s Body Electric, Germany) and his team are great hosts! Every TIE (Tattoo Ink Explosion) is held under a different theme – and now in its fourth year, the event welcomed everybody to Zombieland.

The needles were buzzing while real zombies were walking amongst the visitors, while DJ Spy put on some rockin’ Monster-tunes from the good old rock ‘n’ roll days. And if you are still asking yourself why you would want to go to this convention in particular, let me tell you that even the location alone, the Kaiser-Friedrich-Halle, is worth the visit.

This Art Nouveau gem was built from 1901 until 1903, and besides being simply beautiful, it offers many possibilities. The tattoo artists from around the world were sat in four different halls which could easily be accessed. That made it easy to roam around and take a look at different styles of the numerous high-class artists who came back again to be part of an extraordinary event.

While regulars from all around the globe, like Jime Litwalk (USA), Benjamin Moss (USA), James (HU), Marco Hengst (NL), Fabio Moro (I), Eva Schatz (A), to name but a few, delivered as always, while the organisers were able to welcome many fine new talents to complete the line up.

Apart from enjoying the very familiar atmosphere, artists are always eager to win the great trophies given away for the contest categories which always fit the theme. This years motto, ‘Welcome to Zombieland’, was completed by well-manufactured Zombieheads. For the record, the first year was Tiki-themed with small carved Tikis; two years ago it was Day of the Dead with awesome sugarskulls; and last year, Aliens. Always very cool.

Still not convinced that this is one of the best conventions in the world? Well let me bring it down to the basics: join some of the world’s best artists, be there from March 14-16, 2014, and we will show you that German beer is the best, that our würstel are super delicious, and that the aftershow party will definitely go Skin Deep!

Be there!


In The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks relates that a British dig at Hierakonpolis unearthed a nondescript tomb containing a partially decomposed body, whose brain had been infected with the virus (Solanum) that turns people into zombies. In addition, thousands of scratch marks adorned every surface of the tomb, as if the corpse had tried to claw its way out. Good times!


Text: Jessica Hierschbiel; Photography: Dirk Behlau