Ink enthusiasts converge on Wapping for Tattoo Convention
THE Sixth London International Tattoo Convention, which takes place this weekend, is set to be even bigger and better than 2009’s record-breaking event.
The Guinness World Record For The Most People Being Tattooed Simultaneously was awarded to The London Tattoo Convention organisers after 178 of the world’s top tattooists and their clients collaborated in achieving the milestone record at Tobacco Dock on September 24 last year.
When the tattoo convention began in 2005, it was estimated that one in eight of all British adults had been inked. Now, in 2010, it is estimated that a fifth of all British adults has at least one tattoo. Among 16 to 44-year-olds, men and women, this figure rises to 29 per cent.
This year’s London International Tattoo Convention is taking up even more of the vast space at Tobacco Dock than 2009’s tumultuous, vibrant event when more than 20,000 members of the public converged on Wapping.
This year, more than 200 of the world’s most famous tattooists will practise their art in public in the spacious sterile areas on the vast, ground-floor level of Tobacco Dock, including such UK stars as London Ink’s Nicole Low and Phil Kyle and New Wave’s Lal Hardy.
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A host of international artists will be flying in from all over the world, including Tim Hendricks, from Miami Ink, and there will be a mind-boggling amount of alternative events and complementary entertainment to enjoy, including numerous photographic exhibitions, artistic events, live rock bands, tribal dancers and seductive burlesque performers from around the world. The underground vault floor boasts wide lounge areas where various dark, alternative performers will astound at regular intervals throughout the weekend.
Food and drink will be available from restaurants on the ground floor and the outside food court, plus various traditional East End-themed pubs and a dedicated real ale bar, all licensed until 1am, on the lower vault floor.
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The Vince Ray Rock’n’Roll Voodoo Crypt stage will once again be hosted by the musician himself, whose band, Vince Ray and The Boneshakers, will perform live each day.
Tickets for the London International Tattoo Convention, which takes place from noon tomorrow (Friday) and on Saturday and Sunday, cost �20 for the day, or �50 for the weekend, from www.thelondontattooconvention.com.