Convention features

  • Fakir Musafar, as he is now known, was born during the years of the depression, on August 10th 1930, in Aberdeen, a town situated in the North-eastern region of South Dakota. As a small child he felt alienated from his peers and from a very young age felt a strong desire to explore strong sensations in his body....
  • After Rome, New York, Berlin and London, it was finally with the turn of Paris to host its first International Tattoo convention. The first Tattoo Art Fest (Tattoo convention and associated Arts) was held at the Floral garden in Paris on 27th, 28th and 29th April and was a big success.   Tattooing these days isn...
  • On a hot weekend at the beginning of June, one of the many studios in the Old Truman Brewery, situated amongst the ever-increasing plethora of curry restaurants, galleries and street markets of Brick Lane, opened its doors to the London Luau, a colourful festival of Polynesian culture.   Described by its...
  • Following on from last years’ successful convention Shaun form Images on Skin decided that this year he’d go one better and organize a two-day show. Still situated in Newport in South Wales, Shaun and his gang of willing helpers had put on an impressive line-up of artists to work in the Newport Leisure centre. Last...
  • When you run a busy studio for a living, and only get one day off a week, spending that day sat gridlocked in traffic on the M5 for over an hour is most certainly not anybody’s idea of fun. Especially when you know that only two junctions away a host of the country’s top tattooing talent sits buzzing away busily, in...
  • With there being as many conventions in the country as there are every year what actually makes for a good show?   At one end of the scale you have the London show, which has well over 100 of the worlds most talented, and influential artists covering the whole spectrum of tattoo art. With a show of this size you...
  • For months before this years’ State of the Art tattoo convention the Skin Deep forum was buzzing with excitement and interest, as this is one of the ‘must go to’ shows in the UK.   Many folk were planning to catch up with old friends and others were telling of up and coming tattoos that were to be done at this...
  • This year’s State of the art tattoo convention in Derby was a huge success, despite all the flooding problems that blighted large parts of the country prior to the show. The organisers must have sold their souls to the Devil as the weekend of the 21st – 22nd of July, the clouds dispersed and the sun shone on the...
  • The Queen Mary hosts such a fun packed tattoo festival that Skin Deep decided to send two contributors to cover this HUGE event. Read on...   MATTIAS The 4th annual Ink & Iron festival took place on the pride of the city, that is Her Majesty’s Ship Queen Mary in Long Beach, California for three days in June...
  • The needle work on flesh not only fills the conference room on deck eight with a sound of that of a thousand bees humming in anger, it also raises the temperature by about ten degrees. The room is packed with people, either being tattooed or watching someone getting a tattoo. Every forehead, tattooed or not, has the...
  • The Amsterdam Tattoo Convention 2007 takes place over the weekend of the 8th-10th of June and held in the RAI-venue on the outskirts of Amsterdam.  About 8000 people visited the convention, not only from the Netherlands, many also travelled from other countries. Special attention this year, was focused on the...
  • Recession, What recession? Judging by the amount of eager ink collectors queuing outside the Manchester Central (Formerly the GMex), there is no such thing. I have long believed that as an industry tattooing will survive this so called economic downturn and pretty much every one I spoke to over the weekend said that...
  • Milan is the second largest city in Italy, located on the plains of Lombardy with about 4.5 million inhabitants. Milan is renowned as one of the world capitals of design and fashion. The English word millinery, referring to women's hats, is derived from the name of the city. The Lombard metropolis is famous for its...
  • “Roll up, roll up!” was the cry, for the spectacular carnival of dermal delights that is the Brighton Tattoo Convention, and roll up they did - in vast numbers! Despite 2009 marking only the second coming of this southerly show, ringmaster Woody and his team have delivered one of the UK’s leading body art spectacles...
  • Berlin literally comes to life in the wintertime with over sixty Christmas markets, circuses and a plethora of winter sports held at the Potsdamer Platz. Aside from these festive activities, many people flock to the country’s capital to meet up at Germany’s top tattoo convention. The Berlin tattoo convention is in it'...
  • Can it really be two years since I last attended Rick Harnowski’s tattoo show? I guess it must be but boy, does time fly. Anyhow, after a gruelling seventeen-hour series of flights and narrowly missing getting a dunking in the Hudson River, I arrived at the Oneida hotel and casino on Airport Drive, Green Bay. This...
  • A recipe for a great tattoo convention Ingredients Take one of a group of three hotels, all kept in very good order with extremely nice and well furnished rooms. Add an onsite pub/restaurant and a cafe. Make sure the venue is very welcoming and not too far from the city centre, giving the visitors access to Dublin’s...
  • The venue has moved to a caravan park / holiday centre in Walton-on-Naze and they basically took over the whole place for the weekend and made the show into more of a carnival, it was like going back in time, back to the sixties and it worked brilliantly. The weekend started on Friday night with a pre show party for...
  • We had a hugely busy convention, taking over five hundred photographs of tattoos and tattooed people. As soon as I got back to the office, I downloaded all the photographs onto my trusty Apple Mac, only to delete the lot about three minutes later. To say I was distraught is an understatement. What hair I did...
  • Evian is located close to Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, and benefits from its exceptional environment with the world-famous bottled water that bears its name. The seven thousand inhabitants of Evian-les-Bains will no doubt remember this event vividly, as there isn’t a tattoo studio to be found here at the point...
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