Convention features

  • The Dragon Inkfest was a little smaller than usual this year, but that didn’t hinder the ensuing artistic deluge that we encountered over the course of the weekend. In fact, the cosy setting made it all the more special... Alex Ah, beautiful Swansea (or Abertawe, as it’s known in the locale). Home to a rich cultural...
  • On the 7th 8th & 9th of December 2007, Berlin opened its doors for the 17th International Tattoo Convention, an event impossible to miss on the European tattoo convention circuit. Once the capital of Prussia and leading cultural centre of the 1920s, today the new capital of Germany is characterised by its dazzling...
  • A huge success for the South coast resort’s first tattoo convention. Early starts are rarely a welcome prospect in the Skin Deep office, but the allure of 2008’s first convention coupled with the fact that this was Brighton’s maiden voyage was more than enough to see us gladly stumbling out into the darkness, keen to...
  • Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic and is also its capital. The city with the hundred bell-towers is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, miraculously escaping the great destruction of the two last wars. Upon arriving at Prague central station we could see a steam train that one...
  • Rome is a city equipped with an exceptional natural and architectural richness, making it one of the most visited capital cities in the world. In the Eternal City, each period has left its mark and with 2500 years of well-preserved history here, an enormous quantity of artistic treasures exists within.   Walking...
  • As I sat waiting to board my plane I still wasn’t 100% sure what to expect from a tattoo convention being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All I could think of was bowling, Pabst blue ribbon beer, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. Hmmm, not too much there to work with until I took my seat on the plane and it hit me....
  • As you sit reading this, Christmas is nearly upon us once again and it doesn’t seem possible that another year has gone by already. Still, let me take you back a few weeks to the last show of the year in England, a new show that had been put together from an original idea in the summer and all came together to form...
  • There is a place in Tokyo by the name Koenji, a pretty ordinary train station area. Koenji is one of those stations in Tokyo that has stopped in time. People still buy their groceries from the local grocery store, not in supermarkets.   In Koenji you will see lots of elderly people minding their own business in...
  • As a first-timer to The Scottish Body Art Show I didn’t know what to expect….  Arriving at The Station Hotel, in Perth, I felt like we had been flung into the movie ‘The Shining’, with its vast, endless corridors and creaking floorboards! I am glad to report however that all was clean and comfortable and no...
  • I can remember the first ever convention I ever went to, it was the Dunstable Expo in 1990 as a punter, also the following year as a punter and then in 93 working. It was without doubt the biggest show in the country and attracted visitors from all over the world.   Since the demise of Dunstable there hadn’t...
  • Ok, ok, I know it was a cheesy place to quote ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’ but I couldn’t pass this opportunity up. It’s hard to believe that tattooing has only been legal again in Boston for the last seven years after a thirty-year ban. Looking at the art and culture that has sprung up since the proverbial...
  • What comes to mind when you think of the Essex town of Colchester?...The fact that it’s one of the oldest towns in the UK, dating back to Roman times or maybe the army garrison, possibly for you it’s just got a good nightlife….Well for one day a year it’s now home to the Colchester tattoo convention run by the guys...
  • This year saw the third edition of the London show showcasing the talents of over one hundred and fifty international tattoo artists. The buzz for this years show started almost from the time the doors shut on last year’s highly successful convention.   Last year had close to fifteen thousand tattoo fans visit...
  •     This was the third and final convention to be held in the coal exchange in Cardiff Bay by Rob from Silverhand Jewellery, reason being is that the Coal Exchange is about to be renovated and turned into luxury apartments. The building dates back to when Wales had a thriving mining industry and I...
  • During the weekend of the 18th and 19th August the Luxembourg town of Vianden lit up in different colours in two ways. The 11th International Tattoo & Piercing convention in Vianden was in its own way, a colourful and cosy event with a mix of Japanese, New School, Polynesian and dark side tattoos.   From...
  • Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. Way back in 1080, the Normans built a wooden fort to safeguard a crossing that had been formed at the lowest point of the Tyne River. As well as the fort, they thought it would be a good thing to build a bridge to make access to the opposite bank easier. Later, in the...
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