Damon Conklin & The Seattle Tattoo Expo
This Friday through the weekend, August 9-11, is the 12th strong year of The Seattle Tattoo Expo, an international convention with an excellent roster of artists, fun performances, and seminars that include portrait painting with Shawn Barber and machine building with Dan Dringenberg.
One of the expo's founders is Damon Conklin of Super Genius tattoo -- a charismatic tattooer and painter whose work is imbued with just as much personality. CBS Seattle interviewed Damon about the expo, and in their Q&A, Damon shocked the interviewer with an unexpected answer to a typical tattoo question. Here's a bit from that:
Does Seattle have a different tattoo "scene" than other regions in the country?For more on the convention, find it on Twitter: @SeattleTattoo and
on the Expo's Facebook page. And for more on Damon's work, like the tattoos below and painting above, check the Super Genius site as well as his Facebook fan page.
We have a very unique tattoo scene here in the Northwest 'cause
we have unique personalities. We've got this urban core but then there
are these mountain ranges and lakes and stuff all over the place -- these
this individuality thing that maybe started in the '60s or whatever. it
makes for a great music, art and tattoo scene.
What has been the weirdest request you've gotten from a client?
(Laughs) It definitely had to be "Where's Waldo" on, well, let's see here...what we might call the ****? (the area in between one's legs, and behind one's genitals but before the rectum)
(Laughs) Wow. Was not expecting that...[...]
(Laughs) Neither was I!
For someone without a single tattoo, what is your best sales pitch to make it down this weekend?
(Laughs) Well, anybody who doesn't know that 300 tattooers and 5,000 people under one roof is a party...(Laughs) But, it's amazing art and there are all kinds of mediums because tattooers paint. And then there's all the tattoos [themselves], there'll be people that you see on TV there -- and it's just a good time. There's really a lot of entertainment .... It's fun.