Tattoo Hollywood Convention
Tattoo by Todd Noble.
SoCal has more than its fair share of tattoo gatherings and yet there hasn't been a show right in the heart of LA since Inkslingers. Understanding the need for Hollywood to have a proper freakshow (outside the Jackson furor), BMEzine's bosslady Rachel is putting together a red carpet convention August 21-23 with A-list tattooists working the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, aptly called ... Tattoo Hollywood.
Working with the legendary Bob Roberts' Spotlight Tattoo, Rachel's goal is not only central locale but to bring back tattoo shows to their essence: more great tattoo art, less distraction. So no BMX demos, no car shows, no 500 band extravaganzas -- and surprisingly for BME -- no flesh hooks. Rachel explained on Modblog that because of restrictions under California law, the only body modification will be tattoos and piercings.
With the focus on making this a top tattoo vacation for artists and collectors, the invitation-only line-up includes long time faves and new stars like Bob's Spotlight artists, Freddy Corbin, Aaron Bell, Kim Saigh, Tim Hendricks, The True Tattoo crew, Brooklyn's Smith Street, Marcus Pacheco, Todd Noble (whose work is shown above), and many, many others.
Another highlight: The fabulous Lizardman will be MCing the event.
I'll working with Rachel to include the very best tattooists outside of the US, to showcase the new artwork that hasn't yet reached US borders as well as bring it home with some traditional hand tattooing. So expect to hear much more about this show here.
Discount room rates at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and Spa are available at $159/night if booked before August 13th. The discount code is "Tattoo Hollywood." Hope to see you there!