Porthcawl Convention 2006

Published: 17 January, 2010 - Featured in Skin Deep 138, October, 2006

Sunday 6th August 06 saw the first convention held at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl in south Wales. The Pavilion is quite an impressive building right on the sea front and dead easy to find. 

Inside it is on two levels, the main hall with the stage which is the area all the working artists were situated in and then downstairs there was another big room in which was situated the artists trade area and the other trade stalls.

As well as having the tattoo side of things the organizers had arranged to have a display of custom cars and hot rods on show, which was something a bit different for the UK, although it is quite a popular combination in the states at present. I think it could be a popular mix over here during the next couple of years. The one thing that you have to have on your side for a mix like this is the weather, coz if it’s a wet day a lot of the people with really smart motors won’t want to bring them out and to be honest I don’t blame them.

There was a good selection of working artists at the show and I think I’m right in saying that the furthest traveled to work the show was Gary Weidenhof, who had traveled all the way down from Perth in Scotland. There were probably more Welsh artists than others including big Shaun from Newport, Chris from Dragon Ink in Swansea, Rod & Amy from Hot Rodz (formally Skin Deep) in Llanelli, Lee Clements of Chameleon in Barry and Carl Duquemin from Ink Addiction in Oswestry. Other artists included Ozzy from Skin Deep in Bristol, Mandie Barber, True Love tattoos in Kidderminster, Andy Barber from New Malden, Mike Hicks of Spike at the Art in Plymouth and Jimmy Lomax from Bury. There was also Mac from Punctured body piercing and body modification doing piercings, cuttings and brandings for those who wanted something a bit different.

There wasn’t any food on sale within the actual venue but the was a café next door and being on the seafront there were loads of places to get all mixture of things almost on the doorstep.

Overall the show was a bit on the quiet side but when you consider that there are 4 conventions in south Wales this year it’s not surprising and there were a few hic-cups when it came to presenting the awards for the competitions. The later can easily be put down to trying something different in regards to the way the judging for the competitions was done and being a first show there is always something that doesn’t go according to plan but can be easily rectified for next year.


Text & Photos: Paul Callaby