That is a Tattoo Convention?

For someone who isn’t familiar with the tattoo world you could be forgiven for wondering what is a tattoo convention? For the uninitiated, they can be rather intimidating.

For that reason, I’ve created this guide so you can better understand the ins and outs of a tattoo conventions. By the end of this auricle you should know everything you need to pick, visit, get tattooed, be entertained and have an amazing experience at one of the many shows around the world.

Convention History

They have a quite long history going back to the year 1976 when the first tattoo convention took place in the US. Nowadays tattoo conventions have become a staple of the tattoo industry and there are more events happening than ever before in cities all over the world. Usually 2-3 day long events showcasing many different tattoo genres and artists from all over the world. All working alongside each other under one roof.

Generally they are exhibition style events where each artist has their station located in their own booth.

Never been to a tattoo convention and you want to know what you can expect from this type of event? Here’s a roundup of Tattoo events around the world

Why are Conventions Great For Clients?

For many tattoo fans and collectors, conventions are the only opportunity to get work done by their favourite artist. Tattoo conventions give you access to the most talented artists from around the world working today. For example, you can travel to a local convention and get tattooed by an artist from the New Zealand, Japan, USA etc. 

Conventions and Tattoo Etiquette

Tattoo conventions are very different to an artist’s shop. The calm of the studio is replaced by the madness of thousands of people walking around and hundreds of artists working side-by-side. Not to mention the noise and the smells of performances! I have worked a convention where my booth was only a few metres from 3 motocross bikes screaming around what can only be described as a giant hamster-ball!

If you are attending a convention as a client or spectator, please be conscious of an artist’s working space and be mindful that they are there to work. Most artists working conventions are happy to answer any questions you might have about their work or availability. But some find it very difficult to concentrate so headphones are quite often worn!