In this day and age, there are many forms of self-expression. One form that is not only becoming extremely mainstream, but very exciting, is tattooing and piercing. It is an ancient art form that is making its way into the modern world. Teenagers, young adults, as well as business men and women, are all getting beautiful tattoos and piercings to physically express themselves. It is an upcoming trend that does not seem to be ending anytime soon. Tattoos are not just for sailors anymore, although that traditional tattooing is very common and popular. This infectious trend is now coming to a convention center less than an hour away.
This upcoming weekend is the 15th Annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention. This grand event takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Feb. 8-10. This event has not only taken place in Philadelphia, but also in Baltimore, Chicago, Louisville, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Come on out to experience the fun and exciting life of a tattoo artist, as well as those they make a living off of.
Not only are there going to be thousands of tattooed fans, but there will be famous artists from the television show “Ink Master,” such as Tatu Baby, Sarah Miller, and Jeremy Miller. Other famous artists include Jack Rudy, Megan Massacre, and Myke Chambers. It will be a weekend full of artwork, clothing, photography, as well as tattooing supplies. The different events will start at 2 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The convention ends at 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and ends on Sunday at 8 p.m. Make sure to get there early to see all the great attractions. There will be venders to check out and entertainment to watch. The $20 entry fee for one day or $40 for the whole weekend will not only let you in, but it allows you to access illusion sideshows, burlesque shows, body painting contests, tattoo contests, as well as other events that will blow you away.
This convention is a very well-known event that is always talked about weeks before and weeks following. There will be lots to see, sand plenty to experience, and will definitely be worth your time and money. There is parking available for the convention, as well as hotel accomodations. Bring friends and family because children under 12 get in for free! If you are interested in tattoos, piercings, body modification, or want to start exploring these concepts, this is the perfect chance to delve right in.
Kelly Morrin is a a third-year student majoring in communication studies. She can be reached at KM735352@wcupa.edu.