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Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash

September 7-9

Wildwoods Convention Center

Mike Siderio always wanted to bring a tattoo convention to his hometown but the county was more than displeased with this idea. After years in the tattoo community and running the only legal shop in the county, acceptance for tattooing slowly but surely began.

Now in it’s third year, The Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash, the convention hopes to be the best yet. Tattoo artists such as Bob Tyrrell and Tim Hendricks will be there as well as many artists familiar with the tattoo circuit.

Montreal Art & Tattoo Expo

September 7-9

Montreal, Quebec

With artists coming in from around the world, there is sure to be something here for everyone. Over 10,000 people stopped by last year for the event and more is expected this year. Check out awesome artists who show their creativity in ways that you would never expect. Upon walking inside you will realize is this is no ordinary tattoo show.

Paradise Tattoo Gathering

September 13-16, 2012

Keystone, CO

Each year, the organizers of Paradise Tattoo Gathering seek to bring together artists to learn from each other and explore a location off the beaten path. The roster of those tattooing at the Gathering is small, invite only, and impressive, shifting much of the focus of the Gathering onto its more educational aspects.

“While the resort locations certainly sets our shows apart, the focus on seminars, workshops, critiques, and forums is pretty unique,” says organizer Gabe Ripley of Off the Map Tattoo in Massachusetts.  “Last year we had 35 events through the weekend, and many different schools of tattooing are represented.”

Next year’s line-up reads like a who’s who in contemporary tattooing with names like Bob Tyrell, Dan Henk, Mike DeVries, and many more. The Gathering is a unique convention set in a unique location each year. It’s in many ways an artist’s event, which sets it apart from many other conventions in the calendar.

LA Skin & Ink

September 30, 2012-January 6, 2013

Craft & Folk Art Museum

Los Angeles, CA

LA Skin & Ink is an exhibition chronicling sixty years of tattoo history in Los Angeles.  It traces tattooing’s roots from its roots in outlaw cultures to mainstream acceptance, from fringe to fashionable. The exhibition looks at tribal-inspired work, prominent in the city due to the its proximity to the Pacific Islands and popularized by those such as Don Ed Hardy and Leo Zulueta. This leads into Punk Rock tattooing and LA’s signature black-and-gray style work by artists such as Freddy Negrete.

Flash, photographs, equipment and more, with participating artists including Bert Grimm, Bert Shaw, Don Ed Hardy, Leo Zulueta, Shawn Barber and more, will make for an amazing journey through tattooing’s history.

“I think the most attractive part of this exhibition is that tattooing is being recognized and acknowledged as a legitimate art,” says organizer Sasha Ali. “It used to be a fringe culture but has transformed over the last 60 years, breeding a community of talented artists who are trained in both tattoo and fine art. It will be incredible to see the work of four generations of tattoo artists and fine artists in one exhibition, as well as the bridging of tattooing with fine art.”



LAS VEGAS – Internationally renowned photographer Justice Howard will exhibit her “Rude, Crude and Tattooed” imagery at Sin City Gallery, Oct. 26-Nov. 25. On Thursday, Oct. 26. An intimate VIP reception at the gallery with Howard from 7-10 p.m  Oct. 26th is planned. Her showing will unveil  20  never-before-seen   powerful tattoo photographs during “The Biggest Tattoo Show On Earth”.

Delving far beneath what first meets the eye is Howard’s specialty. She is credited with hundreds of thousands of iconic images of a multitude of memorable personalities, both obscure and ridiculously famous. The Lord Balfour Hotel reopening in South Beach, Florida showcases her art as wall sized murals in 64 of its rooms. Images also to appear on large rugs throughout the hotel. The Tattoo Bar located in Washington, D.C. showcases 40 of her images, some portrayed in 7 foot high backlit illuminated light boxes lending the bar its edgy vibe.

She released her 12th calendar entitled “Lady Ink” featuring tattooed women that has been described as the “glamour calendar with an edge.” The calendar sold out  in its first printing. ‘Lady Ink 2013’ will follow suit.

Delving far beneath what first meets the eye is Howard’s specialty. She is credited with hundreds of thousands of iconic images documenting a multitude of memorable personalities, both obscure and ridiculously famous.

This prolific “huntress of the lens” has more than 500,000 images in her portfolio and is known internationally in more than 25 countries. Her first camera was a very basic Pentax Spotmatic II until falling in love with Nikon. Originally starting out as a fetish photographer she became bored when fetish became mainstream and moved forward to incorporate other styles of photography.

“Sin City Gallery is pleased to be presenting Justice Howard’s sensational and thought-provoking photography,” said the gallery’s curator, Dr. Laura Henkel. “Howard’s edgy images further add to creating the sexual tension that is becoming the gallery’s distinct placement in the growing and sophisticated downtown Las Vegas art scene.”

Sin City Gallery is located off the Strip in the famous Arts Factory, situated in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas’ thriving arts community, at 107 E. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m. For information, updates and exhibition calendar, call 702-608-2461 or visit


The International London Tattoo Convention

September 28-30, 2012

Tobacco Dock

Wapping, London, United Kingdom

Everything about the London convention—from its location, to its artists and attractions—is unique. Held at Tobacco Dock, a building in the heart of London constructed in 1812 as a port for Tobacco imported from India, with an exhibition from the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, burlesque by Elegy Ellem of Sweden, sword swallowing by painted-lady Lucky Hell, and more, there is no convention quite like this one.

“This year there are going to be the best of the best tattooers from all around the world that will express all the different styles and technique of modern tattooing,” says organizer Miki Vialetto.

Vialetto isn’t exaggerating. The roster of artists is truly international. All-stars from Europe, the US, Asia and beyond will be out in droves. The past two years boasted more than 20,000 visitors and this year, London’s 8th convention, promises to be the biggest yet.

Barcelona Tattoo Expo 2012

October 5-7

Barcelona, Spain

Travel to the lovely city of Barcelona, Spain for their 15th Tattoo Expo. Imagine your dream tattoo and we are sure if you look through the list of this years artists you will find the one that can make your dream come true. There are plenty of awesome artists, competitions and seminars for artists and enthusiasts alike.

Valley Forge Tattoo and Hot Rod Show

October 5-7

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Philadelphia, PA

Register your hotrod for this exciting event. Learn tips and tricks from hot rod owners and builders as well as show off your own. Adding ink to this event makes it even better. Tattoo artists from several shops around the U.S. will be stopping by and doing what they do best.

The Enigma & Serena Rose, Olde City Sideshow and the Rigor Mortis Revue will be stopping by to entertain.

Inked Out NJ

October 12-14

Meadowlands, NJ

Inked out NJ is brought to you by Mario Barth and Starlight Tattoo. They bring you a weekend full of live tattooing, seminars, contests, and live music. The Horitoshi family will be present and practicing the ancient technique of Tebori tattooing. The Suluape family will also be the convention using traditional Tatauing methods. Others including Mike Demasi, Gill Montie, Bowery Stan, Mark Mahoney, and Baba will be doing tattooing sessions as well.

There will be contests held each day. For Saturday, October 13th awards will be given for
3:15 p.m. – Best Black & White (Male)
4:00 p.m. – Best Black & White (Female)
4:30 p.m. – Best Color (Male)
5:30 p.m. – Best Color (Female)
6:00 p.m. – Best Back or Chest (Male)
7:00 p.m. – Best Back or Chest (Female)
7:30 p.m. – Best Tattoo of the Day

The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth

October 26-28

Mirage Resort and Casino

Las Vegas, NV

The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth brought to you by Mario Barth is sure to have plenty to keep the tattoo addiction growing. From contests each day to parties and events, there will not be one dull moment. Some of the biggest names in the tattooing industry will also be making their way to the convention. Mark Mahoney, one of our own “Godfathers of Cool” will be there as well as Bowery Stan and Horitoshi I.

Gill Montie and Carl Grace will also be tattooing at the convention and the hard hitting tattoo artists keep coming in.

Florence Tattoo Convention

November 2-4, 2012

Fortezza de Basso, Florence

In November,  315 of the world’s most esteemed tattoo artists from 25 countries will father in the Renaissance city of Florence, an epicenter of arts and culture. “Ancient art is the guessed background of modern art,” says organizer Giacomo del Sala. “This is the first thing that sets our convention apart.”

The fifth annual convention promises to be the city’s biggest yet. International artists such as Maximo Lutz, Peter Schachner, Tony Mancia, Juan Salgado, David Lindgren, Brian Brenner, Genziana, and more will be in attendance. Colin Dale will use Inuit  needle and thread to sew skin. Rygen will use the Tebori technique. Lard Yao will demonstrate hand tapping.

Workshops and body modification shows, art exhibitions–including “Vis Dearum” by 18 international female tattoo artist curated by Viola Von Hell, and “State of Grace”, a collection of paintings and sculptures created by artists resident in the convention, and the solo exhibition of Antikorpo–will make the Florence convention one to remember.

International Brussels Tattoo Convention

November 23-25, 2012

Tour&Taxis Shed 2

Havenlaan 86 Brussels

Though it’s only in its third year, the Brussels convention is already one of Europe’s biggest.

“Our goal is to create an amazing line up every year with top class international artists from all over the world,” says organizer Kim IBTC. “We don’t take too many artists who are already doing a lot of conventions but we always search for new talents or artists that were never on conventions before. This is what makes us new and fresh.”

Major international bands and performers, the Brussels Burlesque Festival, a fashion show featuring renowned designers and beautiful models, art exhibitions, screenplays, pinstripers, and airbrush artists will all make for yet another amazing convention in Brussels.

New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival

November 24-25, 2012

TSB Stadium

New Plymouth, New Zealand

In late November, 230 of the world’s greatest tattoo artists will converge upon the little seaside town of New Plymouth, New Zealand. Paul Booth, Nikko Hurtado, Dan Smith, Nikole Lowe, Jack Mosher, Chad Koeplinger, Mario Desa, Horimasa, Hori Benny, Sabado, Jason Angst, Davee, and Andrian Edek are part of the roster of artists who will show off their renowned and, in some cases, legendary skills to crowds of eager tattoo enthusiasts.

The Bleeders, one of New Zealand’s favorite punk bands, will play a reunion show alongside Beastwars, Cobra Kahn, and eight other bands. Venus Star and Bonita Danger Doll will put on a burlesque show and there will be a mini-ramp skate competition.

“The location of the Mill New Zealand Tattoo & Art Festival sets it apart from other conventions around the world. You can surf and snowboard on Mt. Taranaki all in the same day,” says organizer Brent Taylor. “It’s just not another convention in another typical city.”

Surf n’ Ink

January 11-13

Radisson Resort Gold Coast, Australia

Australia’s leading tattoo convention is back with awesome artists from all over the world. Some of these artists include Bob Tyrrell, Khan and Miss Marshall. Tattoo contests will be held each day and a new Miss Surf n’ Ink will be crowned. An awesome Capoeira performance by Mestre Luiz and his crew will be part of the experience at Surf n’ Ink and many more acts are to come.

Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention

January 11-13

Hyatt Regency. Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN

Best in the Midwest

Show date: February 8-10 2013

Location: The Mid – America Center, Coucil Bluffs, IA 51501

Phone number: 856.258.4953



The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

February 8-10, 2013

Philadelphia Convention Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Convention, now in its fourteenth year, is an annual favorite even for the most traveled tattooers, such as Bowery Stan Moskowitz. In spite of the unpredictable Pennsylvania winters, artists and attendees come in droves. This is what led Troy Timple aka Tattooed Kingpin to move the event to a convention center last year.

Expect the same great entertainment—burlesque, Enigma, Murphy’s Law, and more—that Timple brings to all of his shows. There will also be an expanded gallery space and more fine art to go along with the bigger venue. In addition, Timple has been working to include more seminars and is attempting to get the ATP and the APP involved to address the ongoing need for education in the industry. Philadelphia has always been a huge convention and this year’s promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention

March 22-24, 2013

Crown Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

Rosemont, IL

Last year, Troy Timple brought his show back to the “Windy City” for the first time since 2008. “I’m really excited for the event,” Timple says. “There were a couple of kind of  ‘lack luster’ shows in Chicago that have all pulled out, so I’m back to put on a really good show for the city again.”

The event was a success all around for artists and attendees. And this year’s show promises to be even better. All of the attractions that make a Kingpin event—suspension, burlesque, punk bands, side show acts, and world class artists producing some of their best work for the event’s competitions—are sure to make for a convention that is anything but dull. We can be sure that artists and enthusiasts both inside and outside the Chicago area are glad that Timple is bringing his show back to the city again this year.

The Salt Lake City Tattoo Convention

March 22-24, 2013

Exhibit Hall

Salt Lake City, Utah
The Tenth Annual Salt Lake City Tattoo Convention promises to be the biggest and the best the city has seen yet. The convention, already a high-profile event, has moved to a venue that is literally twice the size of where it’s been held for the past six years, allowing for double the artwork, entertainment, and tattooing.

Mike Skiver will have a tattoo museum at the show. The panel of judges—Crazy Philadelphia Eddie, Doc Doug, and Rikki Bailey—represent tattoo history in the flesh. Local shops and tattooers will show their talents alongside top artists from across the world. Two flash contests will be held, with both winners receiving sought-after Seth Cifferi tattoo machines. Proceeds from the contest will go to Tony Olivas, a beloved tattooer who is battling serious health problems.

Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention

April 5-7

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, MD

Louisville Tattoo Arts Convention

May 17-19

Kentucky International Convention Center

Louisville, KT

Steel City

Show date: September 13-16 2013

Location: David L.Lawrence Convention Center 1000 Fort Duquense Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone number: 856.258.4953