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What you Missed by Skipping the Boston Tattoo Convention

-2The weekend is over, everyone is settling back into the week, just like any other Monday right, well unless you where one of the lucky people in attendance at the Boston Tattoo Convention at the Boston Center for the Arts this weekend. Chances are you have a new tattoo to show off and care for today, or some other cool thing from the convention. If not well then it is probably just another Monday for you. L.

Chances are whoever went may have a new tattoo to show off and care for today. Or some other cool thing from the convention, such as new body jewelry or something from Sailor Jewelry.

I got a new tattoo while there. I’ll admit it was very different getting one at a convention versus going to a shop. Whether you go to an artist with a design in mind or artwork on paper, or just went and just came up with something on the spot it was quite different.

At the convention, at least from what I saw, having an appointment was not as important as it is when going to a shop, especially on the last day. Also, prices seemed to be less about how many hours it took, but more what the tattoo itself was. On the last day some artists had reduced prices.

Anyone was able to easily walk around find an artist they liked and get a design drawn up on the spot, get a price, and get the tattoo right then and there. I am sure if someone did have to wait it was probably not to long. Just until another tattoo was done. But tattoos are bad to rush so waiting is understandable.

I got mine by Ms. Mikki who came all the way from Oregon to be there. While looking at her portfolio she also showed be more examples of her work online because she was smart enough to bring a laptop. She did not draw out a design beforehand, she just freehanded it on my skin.

outline

outline

I got a basic sunflower on my foot with a small amount of blue shading around it. I will say foot tattoos do hurt; it was more painful than my calf or shoulder due to all the bones and lack of muscle and fat covering them. (I will post on foot tattoos once it is done healing). It was also weird having people all around, unlike a a shop where it is normally just you

finished foot tattoo

finished foot tattoo

and he artist maybe a few other people.

There were non tattoo related things as well around the convention. Their where many body jewelry vendors, such as Tummy toys. There were also clothing vendors. Of course Sailor Jerry was their. Also, there were a few booths selling supplies for tattoo artists.

Also, there was a Daredevil show and Burlesque show, but I was not lucky enough to se either of these due to only being there for the last afternoon and getting a tattoo for most of time their.

Ms. Mikki can be found on her Myspace page here. She also has a website here

Boston Tattoo Convention

-2Conventions, as we all know, our ways for people that like something to get together all in one big place. There are conventions for everything from Star Trek to Plumbing and Heating.  And of course there are tattoo conventions. Thank whatever god you may follow, or just whatever your explanation for good things is, for the invention of tattoos and of course tattoo conventions.  Next weekend, (0ct 2-4), Boston will be the thankful ones during the 8th annual Boston Tattoo Convention.

While I have never been to the BTC before I have herd only good things about it. So I am expecting my trip to this year’s convention to be amazing.  I must say I am counting down the days and wish I could go now.

Like past years over 100 artists are expected to be in attendance and there will be on site tattoos and piercings being done.  It is being held at the Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont St.

There will also be Burlesque dancers, the Skyline Cirque, Lucky dare Devil Thrill Show, an oil painting seminar taught Don Henk, Microdermal/ Surface Anchor techniques (piercing), a skin course for tattoo licensure, and tattoo contests.

One of the event sponsors is Sailor Jerry so we can expect some good stuff from them to be floating around, and I don’t think it will just be rum.

Ticket prices are not to bad. Single day tickets are $20 dollars in advance online or $25 dollars at the door. A weekend pass, good for all three days, is $45 online in advance or $50 at the door. For the extra special cool kids there is the V.I.P pass which is good for the entire weekend of course and includes a t-shirt and poster.

A portion of the events proceeds will go to the Cure Autism Now Organization. So this event is more than just a bunch of people getting and seeing tattoos it’s also for a good cause.

This looks like one of the coolest things to do all year in Boston besides a Sox game so get off your buts October 2-4 and get to the Boston Center for the Arts.  The T can take you pretty much all the way. So there’s no excuse of how to get there even.