Tattoo Conventions Worldwide

North American

August 18 - August 20
2nd Tahoe Tattoo Show
Harrah\\\\\\\'s Convention Center
18 U.S. 50, Stateline, NV 89449
United States

August 18 - August 20
Winnipeg Tattoo Convention
Exhibition Place at The Red River Exhibition Park
3977 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB

August 18 - August 19
Los Angeles Tattoo Convention
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
United States

August 25 - August 27
Hell City Tattoo Festival Phoenix
Arizona Biltmore
2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
United States

September 8 - September 10
15th Art Tattoo Montreal
Gare Windsor
1160, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, PQ

October 13 - October 15
Portland Tattoo Expo
Portland Expo Center
2060 N Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217
United States

October 13 - October 15
Portland Tattoo Expo
Portland Expo Center
2060 N Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97217
United States

October 20 - October 22
Flight: 1017 Tattoo And Arts Festival
Cradle Of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY, 11530
United States

November 10 - November 12
Ottawa-Gatineau Tattoo Expo 9 \"Gathering of the Titans\"
Hilton \"CASINO\" Lac Leamy
3 blvd du Casino, Gatineau, QC

June 15 - June 17
Tatooo RendezVous 3Rivières 18
Batisse Industrielle
1760,ave. Gilles-Villeneuve


June 24 - June 25
INK Mania 017
Grenslandhallen Hasselt
Gouverneur Verwilghensingel 70, 3500 Hasselt

July 7 - July 9
Malecon 2000, Ecuador

August 4 - August 6
10.Starfire Tattoo Weekend Münster
Stadthalle Münster-Hiltrup
Westfalenstrasse 197,48165 Münster

September 3 - September 3
Staffordshire Tattoo Gathering
Kings Hall
Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1JH
United Kingdom

September 8 - September 10
I Expo Tattoo Londrina
Iate Clube de Londrina
Av. Higienopolis 2135

October 7 - October 8
Passion Art Tattoo Convention Bolzano 2017
Fiera Bolzano - Congress Center
Piazza Fiera, 1 Bolzano, BZ 39100 Italy

October 21 - October 22
Upper Bavarian Days of Tattoo and Bodyart
Kapuzinerweg1, D-83022 Rosenheim

October 21 - October 22
Upper Bavarian Days of Tattoo and Bodyart
Kapuzinerweg1, D-83022 Rosenheim

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Convention Savvy

FIRST, a word to the wise, we’ve attended a bunch o’ conventions and even put a bunch on, so for those of you who are not convention savvy here are some tips:

1. If you can , call ahead for discount passes, most conventions have cheaper prices for pre bought passes.
Also, if applicable ask for a convention room rate from the hotel and try to book in as far in advance as possible. Get that hotel room ASAP, you want to get in there on the thursday usually, that way your all settled for friday and into that social groove thing. Also, do a convention outside your city and area, as a tattoo vacation. If you look into it, there are conventions in a lot of interesting cities.

2. If you want to get work done by an artist, particularly a popular one, then try to book time ahead with them, you may get there only to discover that the artist is booked from day one. You can also buzz websites for a listing of artists, or call the infoline for a brochure to see who is working the show.

3. Merchandising makes money, but at the last hour of the last day you will find T-shirt and other prices mysteriously go on sale , so you could save some bucks, however you could screw yourself out of a hot t-shirt too.

4. Some of the artists  work hard on their artwork and flash, so be careful when taking photographs that you do not give the impression that you are taking pictures of flash or custom artwork. Also , if you have artwork that you want to show around yourself , and if you don’t have a booth, have the decency to let the promoters know upfront and inquire as to what arrangements you have to sell or trade your flash/machines what have you on their floor. REFRAIN FROM PLACING BEVERAGES ON ANY TABLES WITH ARTWORK, EGAD MAN the life you ruin may be your own !!!

5. Don’t be whimsical , whether your getting a tattoo or buying a book don’t judge either by the cover. Just because they’re at a convention it does not mean they know what they are doing, as always , check out the portfolios first and foremost.

6. Don’t run around like a giddy kid , or interrupt working artists for a photo, just ask politely when they have a free moment , often enough you can get photos in the lounge/ bar later, and god forbid, don’t be dumb enough to touch or hug a working artist, he/she needs a steady hand!! Most of all get out there and support your artists , you don’t have to get tattooed, and if you are interested in learning more about the art, conventions have a wealth of information and collectables. See you out there !!!!

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