Tattoo expos, conventions, festivals North America

Japanese clay figurines called "dogus," produced 10,000 B. C. - 300 B. C. and found near Osaka in 1974, possess tattoo type markings on their faces and bodies. The history of body art painting has its origins in the Far East, where Japanese men who were fond of diving for fish and shells, decorated their faces and bodies to disguise and protect themselves from the larger fish. In this 21st century, body art for the masses is more an ornamental custom, a genre of artists using the skin as a canvas. Find the date and time, place to visit your next tattoo convention, exposition, festival in North America.

Things to know:

  • Always look at the artist's portfolio before contracting a design. Just because a tattooist is at a convention, doesn't make the artist good.
  • The last part of the expo day will reveal bargains on tee shirts and souvenirs.
  • Call ahead or go online to purchase convention tickets ahead at a discount.
  • Respect the tattoo artist: never touch an artist at work, never leave any food or drink on a table that contains artwork, behave yourself, never interrupt an artist.
  • Looking for a certain popular artist, book ahead of time.

September 3rd-6th, 2010
Boston Tattoo Convention
39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199
Boston Back Bay Sheraton

September 3rd - 5th, 2010
16th International Tattoo Convention Guadalajara
Convention Center at "Calle2" Parres Arias y Periferico,
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
TEL.FAX. (52) (33) 3614-0507

September 3-5, 2010
Jacksonville Tattoo Convention
Renaissance Resort/ World Golf Village
Hotel Reservations: 800-266-9432

September 3-5
Immersed In Ink- Tattoo & Arts Festival
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Crowne Plaza
2886 South Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 576-5900
Courtney Gutierrez

September 10th - 12th 2010
Baltimore Tattooed Arts Convention
Sheraton City Center Hotel, United States
Reservations: 1-800-325-3535

September 10, 11,12 2010
16th annual NC Tattoo Convention
Greensboro North Carolina
Hotel- Downtown Greensboro Marriott
hosted by Little John's Tattoo

September 10th - 12th 2010
Inked Out NJ
Meadowlands Expo Center
Secaucus, NJ United States
Reservations: 201-342-4446

September 17th-19th, 2010
12th Annual Texas Tattoo Round Up
Crown Plaza Hotel Dallas Market Center
7050 Stemmons Fwy.
Dallas Texas 75247
Hotel Resv: 214 630-8500
More Info: 248 667-4065

Sept. 20th - 24th 2010
Alliance of Professional Tattooists Inc. Tattoo Tradeshow
Embassy Suites, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City International Airport
7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway, 64153
Alliance of Professional Tattooists Inc.
215 W 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
816-979-1300 fax 816-979-1310

October 1st-3rd, 2010
Mario Barth's Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth 2010
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Katie @ 702-684-0102

October 8-10, 2010
Dallas Market Hall
2200 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
Darrell Faircloth: 214-934-6080

October 9th - 11th, 2010
Alberta Bound Tattoo & Arts Festival
Edmonton, Canada
Shaw Conference Centre

October 15th - 17th, 2010
Alberta Bound Tattoo & Arts Festival
Calgary, Canada
Stampede Park BMO Centre

Not in North America, more info on international tattoo expos , conventions, and festivals.

Photo, Anabel Rodas