With so many tattoo conventions taking place every 10 seconds around the world, it's impossible to post on all of them, but I had to share an upcoming one that I'm excited to attend (for pure fun this time!): The Pagoda City Tattoo Fest will have an exceptional gathering of artists -- a number of whom rarely make any convention appearances -- at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing Pennsylvania, August 7th through the 9th. I heard it was a blast last year (with some great after-parties), so I'll be driving over from NYC to check for myself what friends were raving about.
Last year, Pat interviewed co-organizer Justin Weatherholtz about what prompted him and Joe Johns to start this convention. [Pat also talked to Justin about his tattooing, which you can read here.] I recently hit up Justin to ask him about the highlights of this upcoming show. Here's what he said:
The highlights for this year would be, above everything else, our additions to the line up: Tim Hendricks, Spider Murphys, Mike Wilson, Blackheart Tattoo, Red Letter1, Claudia DeSabe, Skull and Sword, and 3 Tides join returning stand outs like Mike Rubendall ,Grez and the entire crew of Kings Avenue, Inksmith and Rogers, BJ Betts and some TV favorites like Megan Massacre, Dave Kruseman, Jime Litwalk and Joe Capobianco.
We will also have Ahren Bloomquist doing a machine seminar and we will be showing Todd Noble's "Look Of Love" original paintings from his book, which will be for sale as well.
The after-parties Friday and Saturday night, which were such a big hit last year, will be amplified this year with a Photo Booth for everyone, which is always fun, and great music and food are all on site at the show. We're definitely building Pagoda City to be the East Coast event for best of the best tattooing.