NYC Tattoo Convention May 13-15, 2011
My favorite tattoo convention is fast approaching, and I wanted to give y'all a heads up to mark your calendars: May 13-15, at the historic Roseland Ballroom in the heart of Times Square, the NYC Tattoo Convention takes over for its 14th year, featuring a finely curated roster of international artists, including legends like Jack Rudy, Paul Booth, Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand, Bill & Junii Salmon and many other greats.
I've been attending the show for 12 out those 14 years and it's always a party with sideshows, first class vendors, and some of the hardest working bartenders in the city. Then there are the characters who attend, like the wonderful Basto (of Rescue Ink) and Ripley's Richie Magic, both of whom I wrote about in last year's convention review. Just a couple of the beautiful freaks who pack the three-level venue.
For a glimpse into the show through an out-of-focus lens, see my collection of convention photos from the past few years. But really, Efrain John Gonzales's convention photos are the ones you want to look at. [The rest of his site has sexy NSFW images.]
The Needles & Sins crew will be at the show all weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, I'll be doing a book signing for Black & Grey Tattoo and offering copies of the 3-volume, 22lb monster box set for the reduced rate of $350. [If you'd like to order a reduced rate copy online, contact me at marisa @ needlesandsins.com.]
Looking forward to the show and hope to see you there!