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Tattoo above by Gao Bin of Lion King Tattoo in Taiwan.
On Friday, the first day of the London Tattoo Convention, before I even finished setting up my book stand, I accosted a friend, who is getting a Filip Leu backpiece, and demanded that he drop his pants (for a look at the tattoo, of course). He immediately obliged. Soon after, others joined in and on display were derrieres decorated by Tin Tin & Xed Le Head. There are many reasons to attend tattoo conventions. Pants dropping is one.
What makes the London convention such a draw for the thousands -- who queued up in a line that snaked all around the Tobacco Dock -- was the roster of over 300 hundred artists, who represent the best in the world. Any type of tattoo art you can image was available. Hand tattooing occupied a central arena on the upper level, where artists like Pili Mo'o tapped traditional Samoan tatau, and tattoo viking Colin Dale of Denmark created Nordic inspired dotwork (among others). Colin even offered a few small Inuit stitch tattoos, which you can view here on his Facebook page.
Crowds formed around the booths of reality TV stars like Ami James and Tatu Baby, leaving room for serious collectors to watch artists like Japan's Shige (shown above) create masterful works on those lucky enough to get an appointment.
Aside from watching long-renowned legends of tattooing, I particularly love discovering artists whose work I wasn't familiar with (it's hard to keep track of the incredible talent out there today). Two artists in particular who blew my mind were Pietro Sedda, with his trippy surrealism, and Lore Morato, who does incredibly soulful neotraditional, like the work below done at the convention.
The main reason of all for my attendance at these shows is that I get to meet up with my beautiful freak friends from around the world and make new friends. I'm grateful to all of you who came to my booth and shared your stories (and took your clothes off for me). Despite being such a massive gathering, the London convention always feels like an intimate family reunion.
I brought my "Marisa Loves Me" temp tattoos, and throughout the weekend, I stamped all sorts of body parts with my tokens of affection. The greatest love, however, was shown when two wonderful friends and artists, Goldilox and Garcia Leonam, got the temps permanently tattooed on them after the convention by Lore Morato. And they were sober when they decided to do it! [See below.]
It was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend.
I posted a few of my usual bad phone camera pics on Flickr. You can also find some great images and mass media coverage of the London Tattoo Convention via the links below.
I'll soon be off to Belgium to get tattooed, but I do have posts lined up for y'all this week ... because I love you.
Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage
This past weekend, the "Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth" in Vegas' Mandalay Bay Convention Center housed some the world's best tattoo artists -- from Samoan master Sulu Ape Pili Mo'o to Japan's Horitoshi to today's tattoo prodigies like Mike Devries.
And while the list of those names make me tingle, the media didn't find it too sexy, so most of the coverage was on a shirtless Dave Navarro and other Hollywood homies in attendance.
Thankfully, I can get gossip from friends who attended. Here's what Chris Stauber said:
"I was really up in the air about what I expected from this convention. I think that was mainly due to how lame every other Vegas show has been. This one was OK. They tried and I think they get credit for pulling off the best convention we've locally attended. There was a little disorganization between the entry lines and the competition format and the whole space seemed a bit big for the show. Attendance seemed decent taking the crappy economy into account. I heard it was free to locals and I know there were all sorts of links for websites to sign up for free passes....I really enjoyed the international presence. Seeing the Horitoshi tattoo family and the booths of traditional tapping was amazing. The tattoo museum was fun and somewhat educational. Sylvester Stallone walked around with his body guards and was kind enough to take a picture with our good buddy Jared from Next Generation Machines. I smiled pretty for a lot of cameras."Chris took photos, which you can find here. Also check Soo Serious' Flicker for great shots.