Jul201513
NY Empire State Tattoo Expo
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Korea's Chun tattooing.

empire state tattoo expo.jpgTattoo mugshot of @jackfrommanhattan.

Japanese backpiece tattoo.jpgRish's backpiece by Fibs.

tribal leg tattoo.jpgTribal fusion tattoo by Evan Beers.

me and beers.jpgSelfie with Evan Beers. Evan tattooed his own head and face. Watch the video here.


This past weekend, the Hilton Midtown Hotel in Manhattan was flooded with beautiful tattooed bodies at the Empire State Tattoo Expo, repping the diversity of tattoo collectors in NYC and beyond. 

The main attraction was an international All-Star tattoo artist line-up, gathered together by a stellar tattooer himself, Stefano Alcantara, for the Inked-organized show. Paul Booth curated a fine art exhibit as part of the event, and Paul also treated a lucky contest winner to a collaborative tattoo with famed Nikko Hurtado. There were the convention staples of sideshow, burlesque, vendors and competitions -- with some exceptional pieces on view during the contests, such as the Best of Show winner by Randy Engelhard, shown below.

From my book signing table, I grabbed some people from the convention floor for my signature bad iPhone shots, sampled above, and I stole a few photos posted below from the Expo's Facebook page, which has many more pictures to view. On Instagram, check #nyempirestatetattooexpo for more scenes from the show.

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Best of Show: Randy Engelhard tattoo.

Vitcor Portugal tattooing.jpgVictor Portugal freehanding a backpiece.

Jon Mesa tattooing.jpgJon Mesa getting ready to tattoo.


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