Convention features

  • The International Brussels Tattoo Convention is a new player on the European tattoo scene. The organiser, Kim, a Dutchman living in Brussels, worked for Henk Schiffmacher, has a great eye for the artistic side of tattooing, and this convention’s second outing can certainly be characterised as one with a great standard...
  • As I fly over the tiny island of Singapore, I look out below and see a sea sparkling with the lights of cargo ships reflecting in the water. Over the last two centuries the island has served as a port for many countries, both commercial and military. Some things in life just need investigating. Navy ports and army...
  • To be honest, there aren’t a lot of tattoo conventions that continue to capture my attention after a few years, but one in particular tends to call me back with it’s siren song year after year. Don’t get me wrong, but upstate New York is a beautiful winter wonderland (yep – sarcasm). But in all honesty the AM-JAM...
  • Despite predictions to the contrary, the weather was extremely kind to Tattoo Freeze. Nobody got banged up on the roads… in fact, so far as a winter convention goes, it was pretty damn seamless. It all began with two polar opposites on the Saturday evening. You always have it in your head that maybe everything will be...
  • Berlin, the city of street art. Wandering through this open-air gallery is inspirational and exciting. It’s a capital city, but doesn’t feel like one – people here take the time to smell the roses, a completely different vibe to London’s familiar rush. This is my first time at this long-running event. I’ve heard a lot...
  • The past was in focus as the forth Florence Tattoo Convention got underway inside an old fortress in a city oozing with history. Skin stitching and hand tapping might have been the lesser used techniques on display, but they certainly captured the attention. When I ask Silvia Bongianni, the press contact at this year’...
  • The ‘Seine’, the ‘Louvre’, the ‘Eiffel Tower’, the ‘Arc de Triomphe’ and the ‘Moulin Rouge’… known all over the world for its monuments and its artistic and cultural life, Paris’ attractions draw in about 30 million visitors every year… Paris was originally nicknamed the ‘City of Light’ (not City of Lights as it is...
  • It is hard to believe that this is only the seventh London Tattoo Convention. Many consider this convention to be the most important of the UK conventions, but whatever your opinion, it is certainly the one that gets the most media buzz. The London Tattoo convention has become much more than simply a place to get...
  • The less time you have, the more it seems you have to get done, I’m sure this is something everyone can agree with no matter what you do in life. And as our time in Australia comes to a close I think of all the things I want to cram into my last article and all the things I couldn’t cover on my trip for one...
  • For many Montrealers, September is synonymous with the last chance of the year to be a social butterfly before temperatures plummet and freezing off body parts you didn’t even know you had becomes a harsh reality. Festivals and exhibitions of all sorts fill up to-do lists and calendars, with one of the yearly...
  • In something of a coup, this issue we had the opportunity to get behind the scenes of the 6th Krakow Tattoofest with a great insiders report from the man who drives the car year after year – Aleksandra Skoczylas. Enjoy! With the 6th Krakow Tattoofest now behind us, our emotions have fallen slightly as we return...
  • Ah, the sweet smell of an empty coliseum… or at least that’s what it looks like before all those stands go up and the car park gets harder and harder to find room in. Thus began Tattoo Jam 2011. Hard to believe that exactly one year ago, I stood in the middle of all of this and wondered if I was really going to take...
  • Help for Heroes is a charity very close to the tattooed communities heart. For some, one that’s a little too close for comfort, but when Ink For Heroes was announced, you just knew that the troops would rally for the occasion, and boy, did they ever... This summer we saw a great gang of people come together to show...
  • It’s cool to bring a different story to the table when doing a show write up sometimes. It was a cracking show for sure but being as you all know the drill by now, we thought we might take a shot at bringing you some behind the scenes action from this top flight event: Once again, the Bournemouth Tattoo Convention...
  • There are many tattoo conventions in The Netherlands but all of them fade in the light of The International Amsterdam Tattoo Convention. The event, with its three days, is slightly longer than we're used to. Most of the tattoo expos are one-day events with few lasting for the whole weekend. One of the organizers...
  • It’s 2:20 pm, and people in the line in front of the old brewery hall TAP1 are starting to get impatient. There are probably about a hundred people waiting to get into Copenhagen Ink Festival 2011, which was supposed to start 20 minutes ago.. The reaction is perhaps understandable, because some of the people...
  • As the months are thundering by I stop to look at my diary and realise we are now halfway through our trip; it has gone scarily quick... We are already booking flights to New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand; however, for the next few months we are settling down in Brisbane. Brisbane or ‘Brisvegas’, as the locals like...
  • The first impression you get, looking out from the window of the plane, is that there are a lot of trees and snow. An endless carpet of forest with lakes in between. So it's kind of a surprise when you land in Helsinki to find that the airport is so modern and efficient. Not a polar bear in sight. Due to the cultural...
  • The first show of the year on the South Coast got off to a fantastic start - you can’t beat a coastal event that’s held on a pier! There’s just something so brilliantly British about something like that, but honestly, how many more years will it take me to learn that you can’t win a fluffy meercat from one of those...
  • The North Lakes Tattoo Show is always a personal highlight of the UK convention scene; being one of the smaller, more intimate shows you could be forgiven for thinking this is just another small local show, but you couldn’t be more wrong! With a long history and a lot of expectation behind it, every year the show...
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