booth_garverMake no mistake – if you’re in need of some technicolour thrills, beautiful burlesque and eye-popping artwork on the best natural canvas in the world, then this weekend the only place to be is The Dublin International Tattoo Convention 2016. Starting Friday (tomorrow) from 6pm, it’s taking over the Dublin Convention Centre until Sunday…and every minute of it is packed with almost every aspect of tattoo culture & lifestyle. There’s seminars for artists themselves on the latest in tattoo hardware and ink developments from some of the world’s greatest, as well as HUNDREDS of world-renowned artists showcasing their skills tattooing clients on-site against a backdrop of some of their best previous work. Some special guests of note include Japan’s Horimyo, Marco Bratt from The Netherlands, and star of Miami Ink / one of the best inkers in the U.S, Chris Garver.

In addition to all things Tattoo, you can keep yourselves entertained by watching the first ever Miss Pinup Ireland competition take place, or if you like old-school carnival-style nail biter shows, you can watch the ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ Danger Show. It has to be seen to be believed, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Providing the live music for the convention will be The Jive Cats, suited and booted and ready to drop some serious groove choons!

Of course, Dublin Tattoo Convention wouldn’t be complete without playing host to Ireland’s own best and brightest tattoo artists in among the international stars, and Dublin’s Wildcat Ink will be representing in a major way. One of Ireland’s most popular studios, Wildcat Ink now has two locations in the capital – Wildcat Ink North in Jervis Street, and Wildcat South in Stephen’s Green. Wildcat’s tattoo artists will be at the Convention all weekend, so if you’re interested in getting some homegrown ink in a festival setting, contact the studio themselves on (01) 4784273 or checking out www.wildcat.ie for all relevant details including the artists and their previous work to find the one that suits you.

Head over to www.dublintattooconvention.com for full artist listings and event timetables – and don’t forget if you fancy getting some ink while you’re there, contact the artists themselves to book. Many will be booked out, but it’s worth a call. Some artists might also do small pieces of flash as walk-ins, so keep your eyes peeled when you’re walking around. Trust me, there’s so much going on at Dublin Tattoo Convention, you won’t want to leave. See you there!

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