This past few years we have worked so hard at Voluta to put her on the map. The local map, mostly, as most of our amazing clients are local to the Midwest. We love calling Indy home. But we know how big the world of tattoo is...
We stay affiliated with the top by attending conventions, and even in this way we have stayed close by only attending ones nearby. We've had plenty to do right here and we were in no hurry to get ahead of ourselves.
This is our big year for stepping it up however. With a full barrel of amazing aritsts we look to get out there and see what the rest of the tattoo world is doing. We are attending local conventions, signing up for educational seminars with the best, spending heavily on R & D, and leveraging some of the contacts we've collected over the years. We are willing the good things to us...fingers crossed.
Just then, just as we are ready to pounce on the industry, Conan gets an email. The founder of the acclaimed Paradise Tattoo Gathering offered Conan an invitation to tattoo at his show. Conan accepted the honor at once and then danced around like a little girl. Either Gabe needed an extra body or Conan just made it to the floor with the big kids. Awesome.
A bit about the Paradise Gatherings
A fellow name Gabe Ripley and a team of people we don't know, but a rad team of tattoo and programming super humans, put together TattooNow.com way back. And then Gabe put togther a high-end shop with the world's best Guest Artist tour coming through it. Somewhere in there he and a bunch of other ninjas put together the Paradise Tattoo Gatherings.
The gatherings come in two varieties; a tattoo artist development retreat and a retreat with a convention for the serious tattoo public. Considering that the past shows are in the middle of nowhere or out of the country, serious is the operative word. Gabe centers on the tattoo industry's best and brightest, choosing the way of advancing the craft instead of the 'get rich on conventions' way.
Some links are here for those of you who wish to peek in on the world of serious tattoo artists. Conan is scratching his head in wonder, pinching his arm in disbelief, priming his brain in anticipation. After you hit the links below you will see that it is clearly time for Conan to step up his game!
We will post more as the event gets closer. So psyched!!!
The show Conan is invited to:
The show that just passed in February of 2012 (this link tells you how it's going to be. Later Gabe will post the 'how it went' version).
Gabe's TattooNow.com premiers the world's best tattoo artists.
Gabe's Off the Map tattoo studios, now with one location on the east coast and one on the west.