What is a Tattoo Convention? Voluta Tattoo sneaks you a peek.
April 01, 2012 • 2 Comments
The last few years have found us close to home, putting Voluta on the map. Considering the small, introspective nature of the day-to-day Voluta, many of our new clients haven’t heard much from us on conventions or the greater tattoo industry. It’s time to change that. Ours is one of the finest and most exciting craft industries on the planet and we aim to prove it.
Generally the conventions are held in vast convention centers within or nearby hotels. As people fly in from all ends of the world, it is a most comfy arrangement...usually. The conventions are hosted by a tattoo studio with the bang and the buck to pull all of those artists in, properly promote, organize, and fund such a weekend. The hosting studio usually determines the success of the weekend by countless factors which combine to make a blast--or a tiring bore--of the event.
What goes on at a convention?
Tattooing seems the core of the event, ranging from traditional ancient hand-poking to the most advanced pneumatic inlay. There may also be piercing, branding, scarification, and even some implant work on hand. There are art exhibits, freak shows, live music concerts, crazy stuff I wont even mention, and even people being knocked out to raise money for good causes (or beer money!). Contests are an enormous part of the fun, where tattoo collectors flock from every corner hoping the nab glimmering trophies for such titles as “Best Color, Best Full Sleeve, Best Small Black and Grey”, or even “Most Unusual” and “ Worst Tattoo”. This is a celebration of the collector with a nod to the artists who render the masterpieces.
The nightlife often tops the daytime fun. Imagine all of those people cutting loose, artists and clients and anyone who wants to attend. Hotel bars, local music venues, and every decent club in town welcomes us with open arms. You can bet at day’s end you’ll have a fist full of flyers telling you all about it, and the convention host usually spiels on the loudspeaker. BIG FUN.
This is the beauty of the tattoo convention. The marked mingle with the unmarked. We welcome everyone. It is amazing to witness the artists warm greetings to those not yet pierced and tattooed. Nobody cares here. You can come damn near naked and all you'll get is adoring smiles and cheers. Your hair, dress, weight, sexual orientation....welcome to the real world...nobody here will judge you. Believe me, in anything you are or want to be, you will find kinship. You can walk up to anyone and just stare at them as long as you are polite about it. You can ask any question about any body mod and you can bet you'll hear a great story.
I’ll admit that I have been to a few conventions that insult our lovely craft. Barely worth the time of the average person who wants to feel the vibe of the industry. As we stated earlier, the reputation of the hosting studio sets the personality of the gig. Often the list of attending artists gives an idea of how good the show will be. Stay in touch with your favorite tattoo studio; they usually have the buzz on the good conventions.
Adam and I will be at Hell City of course! Can't wait to see you guys, and meet some more of the Voluta family!
So..... If you are talking killumbus. Count us all in, I have successfully gotten the whole fam pumped about the trip. My wife and I, as well as, the little heckians plan to attend.
I cannot wait to show off the fantastic art that now adorns my body, thanks to Voluta, and bring home some more bling to add to the bookcase. (overconfident? Na! I don't think so.....)
Hope to see and meet more of the extended Voluta family there!
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