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Quote stellaluna Replybullet Topic: Opinions on Tattoo Conventions?
    Posted: January/25/2012 at 12:22pm
There's a tattoo convention coming up, and I've never been to one before. Does anyone have any opinions they'd like to share with a first-timer? Any likes, dislikes, helpful hints, etc?
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Quote bondagekitten Replybullet Posted: January/25/2012 at 1:48pm
They are good fun normally but once you've been to a few they can get a bit samey. Wear comfy shoes, go with some friends, take cash for the stalls if you plan on buying merch.

What one are you thinking of going to? Have fun :)
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Quote stellaluna Replybullet Posted: January/25/2012 at 1:52pm
It's called Best of the Midwest. I was actually thinking of getting a tattoo there. Would you recommend that, or no?
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Quote Driftermatt Replybullet Posted: January/25/2012 at 4:38pm
I like them, never been tattooed at one. Would be cool because so many artists in one place. Im curious how their rates compair to when their working in a shop. Ive heard they charge more a few times but ive also heard the charge less if you book ahead. Not really sure.
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Quote cryptorchild Replybullet Posted: January/25/2012 at 5:41pm
well drift, i know my brother is going to start getting tattoo'd by jesse yen and hes going to be getting all of his arm sleeve done through conventions he is going to, jesse said that for him he charges a little bit more because the wait time goes significantly down, but i guess it just depends on artist to artist.
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Quote bondagekitten Replybullet Posted: January/25/2012 at 6:44pm
the costs can also be higher because the artist pays out money for travel, booth and accomodation and loses time traveling that s/he could be working in their studio so that will play a factor.

I personally prefer getting work done at the artists own studio where possible as they have their full set up there. I had both lower legs worked on at conventions and compaired to the comfy bench in the shop the make do set up was not much fun for a 3 hr, 5 hr and 4 1/2 hr sittings I had done at shows (the longer ones weren't even planned but my artist wanted to work on a regular and another piece had to get resized and mine just needed the stencil doing for the first sitting, the 2nd was at a quiet tattoo convention at the start of the first day and he wanted to work and my leg was unfinnished).

I think I burnt out on them as I went to so many in the space of 3-4 years, 4 trips to Brugge, 2 to Emmen, 2 to Berlin, 2 to the Republic of Ireland, 2/3 to Belfast, 2 Isle of Man and they were just the ones I flew to, lost count of the mainland UK ones. For some I was helping out as booth or supplies staff and others were for the comps and traveling with friends. It was a lot of time and a lot of the same faces at most of them.

I went to my first one since Brugge 2005 earlier this month and although most of the faces had changed I went for the roller derby tournament at it (strangely enough one of the girls we used to travel with plays for one of the leagues who played and her husband was in the crowd too). I barely looked at the tattoo's in progress as the only big name I saw I'm not fussed for his work, had a wee look at the hand work as I love lesser used techniques to watch and want to expierence (so far have one piece that was done in a studio by Sakura with a hand poke technique).

If the artist you want to get work from is localish I would go to the shop, if not contact in advance to discuss designs and costs/timeframes.

Have fun at it though :D
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Quote greenmod Replybullet Posted: January/25/2012 at 8:06pm
Well tattoo convos are pretty cool, I usually go at two convos a year :) Price is way high than if you go at your own artist shop, but you can get nice pieces :)

Also it's a fun way to see other tattooed people, and also really fun to see their reactions when they look at you :p

Btw I hate those lot of suicide girls or girls those people having the same style. Tattoo is not just about that, tattoo is first to express yourself and become unique :)

for the price of when you're about to enter the convo, it's really cheap :)

just go there and enjoy ;)

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Quote Cale Replybullet Posted: January/25/2012 at 8:44pm
Best of the Midwest is a big deal and if you have a chance to go you should! A lot of really cool artists are going to be there. :)
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Quote stellaluna Replybullet Posted: January/25/2012 at 8:54pm
Is there anyone in particular that will be there that you'd recommend for a detailed fantasy piece? I'm planning to get a faerie (one of Brian Froud's) done, and I was hoping to find someone just perfect for it.
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Quote TR_966 Replybullet Posted: January/26/2012 at 5:42am
Looks like there will be a lot of great artists there. Here is the list, check out their sites & work and see if you can find someone you like. :)

http://www.shaneoneillproductions.com/attending.html
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