Tattoo Conventions Worldwide

North American

September 30 - October 2
Colorado Tattoo Convention
National Western Stock Show
4655 Humboldt St Denver, CO 80216
United States

September 30 - October 2
Galveston Island Ink and Art Expo
Galveston Island Convention Center
5600 Seawall Blvd Galveston, TX 77554
United States

September 30 - October 2
Inktoberfest’s Inkin The Coast
Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center
2350 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531,
United States

October 14 - October 16
City of Trees Art & Ink Expo
Sacramento Convention Center Complex
1400 J St Sacramento, CA 95814
United States

October 14 - October 16
Tommy’s Tattoo Convention
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Boulevard #400 Hartford, CT 06103,
United States

October 14 - October 16
Addicted To Ink Westchester NY Tattoo Convention
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue White Plains, NY 10606,
United States

October 14 - October 16
The Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival
BMO Centre (Stampede Park)‎
20 Roundup Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

October 20 - October 23
Paradise Tattoo Gathering
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
37 Corey Rd Hancock, MA 01237
United States

October 21 - October 23
The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts
SFO Hyatt Regency
1333 Old Bayshore Hwy Burlingame, CA 94010
United States

October 28 - October 30
New Orleans Tattoo Voodoo Expo
Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel
2601 Severn Avenue Metairie, LA 70002,
United States

November 11 - November 13
Ottawa Tattoo Expo & “Gathering of the Titans”
Hilton “CASINO” Lac Leamy
3 blvd du Casino Gatineau , Quebec

March 31 - April 2
Alamo City Tattoo Show
Hilton Garden Inn
8101 Pat Booker Rd. Live Oak, TX 78233
United States

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


September 30 - October 2
7th Lviv Tattoo Fest
Arts Palace
Kopernyka street, 17, Lviv, Lviv Oblast

October 21 - October 21
Pilipinas Inked (P.INKED)
Palacio de Maynila
Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Metro Manila, Philippines

November 5 - November 6
Sheffield tattoo show
ICE Sheffield
Coleridge road, Sheffield
United Kingdom

November 11 - November 13
4th India International Tattoo Convention
Exhibition cum Convention Center
Sector - 12, Faridabad, Delhi NCR, India

November 11 - November 13
International Trieste tattoo expo
Salone degli Incanti
Riva Nazario Sauro 1 - Trieste

November 18 - November 20
Florence Tattoo convention
Fortezza Da Basso
viale Filippo Strozzi 1 , Florence

December 2 - December 4
International Puerto Rico Tattoo Convention
Puerto Rico Convention Center
Puerto Rico Convention Center, 100 Cll Guamani, San Juan, 00907
Puerto Rico

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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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