Voluta Tattoo went to the Hell City Tattoo Convention last weekend!
Let's put this in perspective. Not everyone knows what this means. What's all this about?
Hell City is considered one of the world's finest tattoo conventions. It is so because of three factors, which encompass many:
1.) The quality of production.
2.) The level of artistry and professionalism showcased.
3.) How interactive the show is with the public.
Quality of Production:
Durb Morrison, Tony Terrell, and Jeff Solin push the vision of the show. Durb has been tattooing for over 15 years and knows the ropes. This is the 7th HC and it is obvious by the smooth flowing, laid back feel of the staff. No other promotor and host puts such loving thought into taking care of artists and visitors alike. Top Craft.
Level of Artistry and Professionalism:
The best tattoo artists in the world were at this show. Unless they were tattooing abroad or were home with family, they were here. I heard one artist in an interview say that this was his favorite show in the states, and he was on top of the world when I started tattooing ten years ago!
Durb and his team hand-pick the artists that make it into Hell City. Many great artist don't make it in and cannot get a booth. Durb knows ink, he knows people, and he knows who is legit. He knows who will be sober, outputting quality work, and who will take the time to mingle with the good folks who pay to get in.
If Hollywood is where the movie stars hang out, then HC is the Hollywood of the tattoo industry. Without the BS glamour.
The whole of the tattoo world knows the name and face and work of a great artist. Unlike movie stars, however, a great tattoo artist will smile and shake your hand and ask where you're from. No bodyguards, no press and flashing bulbs, and no distance between the "commoner" and the "star". Good tattoo artists respect the working-class because they are the working class. Regular people with blue-collar parents who happened to achieve virtuosity by hard work.
Durb's show is a real person's gig. You pay to get in, you walk right up to your favorite artist, you peep her portfolio, and she will smile and say hello (when she snaps out of the zone, anyway). You can chatter, you can buy a print or a T-shirt, you can stop back by anytime, and you can roll right up to her at the bar that night (just outside the convention doors, in the same hotel. NICE.), and you can have a beer with her. Try that in Hollywood!
All in all, there is nothing like Hell City. Voluta is honored to have been among the Hellions since the very first show. We are inspired by HC again to push our craft without limits. We are tingly, all crazy to get to the painting, drawing, and growth that keeps us among the best.
We took a ton of photos, we Twittered it, and we made a gallery of all the fun. Hit the links below to see what we saw!
Thanks to all of you who came up to support us, to laugh with us, and to show your ink to the world.
We are nothing without your skins! We love you!