|By Bryan De Silva|
The convention happening from Jan 9-11 is the first of its kind in Singapore and the first time tattoo artists from Asia and the west will come together and create art side by side.
The convention aims to breakdown stereotypes and the stigma of tattoos being the mark of gangsters and convicts.
‘The fusion of east and west tattoo artistry has been a personal passion of mine and the opportunity to share and educate the public with a community of creative artists is a dream come true,’ said show organiser Kirby Lian.
The owner of Utopia Tattoo Studio also said the convention was four years in the making and long overdue.
The event sees over 120 artists and exhibitors from around the world come together for the love of the art. A crowd of over 5,000 visitors from around the region are expected to attend the 3-day event.
Some activities at the event include a daily tattoo contest for the exhibitors. Some of the categories they will be judged on are: the best cover up, best tribal tattoo and most realistic tattoo.
Complimenting the live tattooing will be a bikini swim wear fashion show, live band performances and a remote control car drifting competition.
There will also be talks by tattoo luminaries, Chris Garver and Bob Tyrell, as they impart their knowledge and share their experiences with the crowd.
Tickets for the convention go for $18 for a one-day pass and S$50 for a three-day pass. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at www.tattoo.com.sg.
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