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Milano Tattoo Convention Day 4
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Day 4. The last day of the Milan Tattoo Convention. I had been sick the past two days, and I really wanted to get over it, so I slept in again. I woke up sometime around 1pm. I felt fine, until I stood up. It’s weird how a change in position can also make you go from “ok” to “death-like”.

I jumped in the shower and just stood there for a while, trying to wake up and gear myself for another day. Out of the shower, I donned some apparel, grabbed my camera, downed a shot of Jager for health, and headed downstairs.

When I first entered the convention center, I though everything was going to be better. It didn’t seem as hot, or as crowded. About ten seconds of time cleared up that misconception =). Amazingly, unlike US conventions, Sunday was the most busy day of the entire weekend, and therefore the hottest inside. It was like a rock concert. Everyone all pressed up against each other, unable to really move, and hard to breath. Just dead air.

That’s when I knew I would only be able to take a brief amount of time of this. First stop, the food court thing in room 3. I needed to get some food. The line there was long, but went rather quickly. I opted for the pasta again. I figure it’s the safe bet =)

I took my food back to the Tribulation book to sit and hang out while I ate my lunch. Jeremiah Barba was getting tattooed today, so his station was available for me to chill at. After I finished my lunch, opted just to stay there. There were too many people and it was too hot to do any walking around. I figured, I would just take peoples photo’s as they walked by.

I’m glad that I did stick around, because Grundstuck and VenusInFur showed up with their awesome new shirts that they nabbed from the day before =). It was cool hanging out with them and the couple others there for a while. Nice people =)

About an hour or so later, they announced that they were going to begin the tattoo contests up on the main stage. I didn’t want to miss out on that, because I figured this would be the best way to get shots of a lot of great tattoo work, and not have to hunt all over the convention to get it. (I’m always trying to figure out the best way to do something with as minimal work as possible =)

Let the contests begin!

The first section was for best back piece. There were a lot of great tattoos being shown off. The best part was that I snuck myself on stage and got to be part of the coverage area. This meant that after the judges and audience looked at the tattoo, they would come over to where we were just so that we could take photos of them. That was awesome. I didn’t have to move more than ten feet, and I got the best shots possible of the work.

After the judging and awards, the convention pretty much died. Stations begin wrapping up, and booths were starting to empty out. I helped clean up a couple of my friends stations and then packed up my stuffs and headed to the room to check out my shots from earlier. On my way out of the convention center, I noticed the guy running the Max Signorello Tattoo Supply booth wearing a Skully shirt. I remembered him from the previous conference. His english was about as good as my italian, so we didn’t talk long, but shook hands and traded smiles. Awesome guy!

I only had an hour to check out my stuff before I was to meet everyone downstairs to head out for our final dinner in Milan. Tonight we decided to head out<
.: Adam
Since 2003, Adam Callen has been the editor and publisher of, not the largest or oldest full-spectrum body modification publication on the planet, but pretty damn awesome =). Copyright © 2023 Adam Callen. Permission is granted to reprint this article in its entirety as long as credit is retained and usage is non-commercial. Requests to publish edited or shortened versions must be confirmed in writing. For bibliographical purposes this article was first published February 23, 2009 in New York City, US.

I hope someone sees the humor in this =)
Posted on August 12, 2009 (1:05am)
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