Tattoo Conventions Worldwide

North American

January 13 - January 15
Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention
Hyatt Regency
1300 Nicollet Mall. Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States

February 10 - February 12
Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention
Pennsylvania Convention Center
131 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

February 24 - February 26
Cleveland Tattoo Arts Convention
FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland
127 Public Square. Cleveland, OH 44114
United States

March 17 - March 19
Evergreen Tattoo Invitational
Lane Events Center
Eugene, OR
United States

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

March 31 - April 2
United Ink No Limits Tattoo Expo
Resorts World Casino NYC
110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11420
United States

March 31 - April 2
15th Annual Lady Luck Tattoo Arts & History Expo
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
500 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503
United States

March 31 - April 2
One nation under ink
Little Creek Casino
Shelton , WA
United States

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

April 14 - April 16
All American Tattoo Convention
Crown Expo Center
1960 coliseum dr fayetteville nc 28306
United States

April 21 - April 23
Inkfest Live Tattoo Expo
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4551 Old Airport Rd. Concord, NC 28025
United States

April 28 - April 30
Hell City Tattoo Festival Columbus
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
United States

May 5 - May 7
Tattoo Rendez-Vous 3-Rivières 2017
Hotel Delta
1620 rus Notre-Dame, Trois-Rivières, Québec
Canada

May 12 - May 14
3rd Art Tattoo Québec
Le Terminal Espaces Dalhousie (à côté du Café du Monde
84 Dalhousie, Québec City, PQ, G1K 8M5
Canada

June 9 - June 11
208 Tattoo Fest
Expo Idaho
Boise, ID
United States

June 9 - June 11
Northern Ink Xposure 2017
Metro Toronto Convention Centre - SOUTH Building
222 Bremner Blvd Toronto, ON M5V 2T6
Canada

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

International

January 28 - January 29
Tattoo Art Expo Midlands 2017
Hodson Bay Hotel Athlone
Roscommon Road, Athlone, Ireland
Ireland

February 10 - February 12
3 Eyes Tattoo Convention
Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Australia

February 18 - February 19
Tattoo Expo MAASTRICHT
MECC Maastricht convention center
Forum 100, 6229 GV
Netherlands

March 4 - March 5
Passion Art Tattoo Convention Verona 2017
Fiera Verona - Pala Expo
Viale del Lavoro, 8 Verona, VR 37135
Italy

March 11 - March 12
2.Starfire Tattoo Weekend Leer
Zollhaus Leer
Bahnhofsring 4
Germany

March 25 - March 26
The Scottish Tattoo Convention
Corn Exchange, Edinburgh
New Market Road
United Kingdom

March 31 - April 2
Cyprus International Tattoo Convention
Carob Mill Restaurants
Βασσιλίσσης Βερεγγάριας, Limasol
Cyprus

March 31 - April 2
Tattoo Expo Bologna
Unipol Arena
Via Gino Cervi, 2 – Casalecchio di Reno – Bologna
Italy

March 31 - April 2
7th International Nepal Tattoo Convention
Hotel Yak & Yeti
Durbar Marg ,Kathmandu
Nepal

April 7 - April 9
2.Starfire Tattoo Weekend Wilhelmshaven
Stadthalle Willhelmshaven
Grenzstrasse 24,26382 Wilhelmshaven
Germany

April 15 - April 16
Maidstone Tattoo Extravaganza
John Hendry Pavilion in Detling Showground Maidstone
Maidstone Kent detling showground
United Kingdom

April 22 - April 23
Tattoo Messe Ulm 2017
Ulm Messe, Halle 1
Böfinger Str. 50, 89073 Ulm
Germany

April 28 - April 30
ExpoTattoo Panamá
ATLAPA Convention Center
Panama Republic of Panama
Panama

May 6 - May 7
Tattoo Show Hildesheim 2017
Halle 39
Schinkelstr. 7. 31137Hildesheim
Germany

May 19 - May 21
Needle Art Tattoo Convention
Breepark
Bavelseparklaan 10 - 4817 ZX Breda
Netherlands

May 25 - May 27
Prison Ink
FÆNGSLET, Horsens prison
Fængslet Fussingsvej 8 8700 Horsens
Denmark

May 26 - May 28
The AMSTERDAM tattoo convention
RAI Amsterdam convention center, Hall 5
Europaplein 1078GZ Amsterdam
Netherlands

June 16 - June 18
Tattoo Convention Alsfeld
Hessenhalle
An der Hessenhalle 1, 36364 Alsfeld
Germany

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

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

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

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

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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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