Tattoo Conventions Worldwide

North American

January 5 - January 7
9th Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States

February 2 - February 4
4th Lubbock Tattoo Expo
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Ln Lubbock, TX 79401
United States

February 2 - February 4
Ink Masters Tattoo Show Bryan

3232 Briacrest Dr, Bryan, Tx 77802
United States

February 3 - February 4
International Tattoo Expo Merida
Yucatán Siglo XXI Convention Centre‎
60, Caucel, Yucatán, MEX Calle 60 Norte 299 E ex- Cordemex, Revolucion, 97118 Mérida, Yucatan,
Mexico

February 9 - February 11
Ink Masters Tattoo Show Cleburne
Cleburne Conference Center
1501 West Henderson st Cleburne , Texas 76033
United States

February 26 - February 28
Golden State Tattoo Expo
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green St Pasadena, CA 91101
United States

April 20 - April 22
No Limits International Tattoo Expo
Resorts World Casino
110-00 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420
United States

May 11 - May 13
4th Art Tattoo Québec
Terminal des Croisières.
84 Dalhousie.Quebec.QC
Canada

May 25 - May 27
Tattoo Nouvelle Ere
Salon 1861
550 Ave Richmond, Montreal, QC H3J 1V3
Canada

June 8 - June 10
Northern Ink Xposure - Toronto Tattoo Show
MTCC North building hall C
222 Bremner Blvd. Toronto
Canada

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

August 24 - August 26
Hell City Tattoo Festival Phoenix
Arizona Biltmore
2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
United States

September 7 - September 9
16th Art Tattoo Montréal
Gare Windsor
1160 ave.des Canadiens-de-Montréal
Canada

International

November 24 - November 26
Convention Tattoo Mulhouse
Parc Expo de Mulhouse
120 Rue Lefebvre 68100 Mulhouse
France

November 27 - November 29
Tattoo Rock Food Motors
Sayão Futebol Clube
Av. Otto Barreto, 250 – Jardim Sobradinho, Araras – SP, 13602-060,
Brazil

December 1 - December 3
Heartwork Tattoo Festival
Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium
ITO, Vikram Nagar, New Delhi Delhi 110002
India

December 1 - December 3
Verona International Tattoo Expo
Fiera di Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella
37015 Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella VR,
Italy

December 1 - December 3
13th Lisbon Tattoo & Rock Festival
MEO Arena
Groves 2.13.01A Rossio, 1990-231 Lisbon,
Portugal

December 2 - December 3
Tattoo Convention Cesenatico
Grand Hotel da Vinci
Viale Giosuè Carducci, 7 47042 Cesenatico FC
Italy

December 9 - December 10
Tattoo Convention Innsbruck
Congress Innsbruck
Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck,
Austria

December 15 - December 17
8th Expo Tattoo Costa Rica
Cariari Country Club Condominio Los Arcos
Ciudad Cariari Heredia
Costa Rica

December 16 - December 17
Xilotepelt Ink Tattoo Convention
Futboleros
Carr. Panamericana, Jinotepe,
Nicaragua

January 13 - January 14
Salon de Tatouage Toulouse
Diagora Espace de Congrès et d’Exposition
Rue Pierre-Gilles de Gennes 31670 Labège,
France

January 19 - January 21
Bournemouth Ink ‘n’ Art Tattoo Fest
O2 Academy Bournemouth
570 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 4BH,
United Kingdom

January 19 - January 21
1° Emilia Tattoo Convention
Fiere di Scandiano
Piazza Prampolini, 1 42019 Scandiano RE
Italy

January 19 - January 21
Tattoo Expo Zwickau
Neue Welt Zwickau
Leipziger Straße 182 08058 Zwickau,
Germany

January 26 - January 28
International Lille Tattoo Convention

Lille Grand Palais 1, Boulevard des Cites-Unies 59777 EURALILLE
France

February 1 - February 4
Venezuela Expo Tattoo
Teatro Urban Cuplé
Av. La Estancia, Caracas 1061,
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

February 2 - February 4
1° Grosseto Tattoo Convention
Palazzo dello Sport
Piazza Azzurri d’Italia 58100, Grosseto (GR),
Italy

February 3 - February 4
International Tattoo Expo Merida
Yucatán Siglo XXI Convention Centre‎
60, Caucel, Yucatán, MEX Calle 60 Norte 299 E ex- Cordemex, Revolucion, 97118 Mérida, Yucatan,
Mexico

February 3 - February 4
3. Leeraner Tattoo Weekend
Hotel Ostfriesen Hof
Groninger Str. 109, 26789 Leer (Ostfriesland),
Germany

February 3 - February 4
Axone Tattoo Show
Axone
6 Rue du Commandant Pierre Rossel, 25200 Montbéliard,
France

February 3 - February 4
East Flanders Tattoo Convention
Festivalhal Donkmeer
Donklaan 125 9290 Berlare
Belgium

April 21 - April 22
Besançon Tattoo Show

Parc des expositions Micropolis 25000 Besançon
France

May 26 - May 27
Corsica Tattoo Fest

Palais des Congrès d’Ajaccio Quai l’Herminier, 20179 Ajaccio
France

September 8 - September 9
The 21st VIANDEN TATTOO CONVENTION

Centre Culturel Larei, 9401, Vianden
Luxembourg

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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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