Tattoos, well they’re a dime a dozen these days, statistics say that 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo. They come in all shapes and sizes and appear on all walks of life. They’re more socially acceptable than they ever were, kids to grandmothers are in shops across the globe getting ink pushed into their skin. The perception of tattooed people doesn’t carry the negativity it would have 40 years ago, so we say, long live the wildcards, misfits, and dabblers!
Tattoo artists are highly focused and very dedicated to their craft, most spend their lifetime earning their stripes to acquire a seat at a coveted shop. Ask any good tattoo artist to draw something, literally anything, and you’ll get just that, it’s part of paying their dues as they come up through the ranks. Each and every artist has a signature style that they develop along the way, and what better place to see that than a tattoo convention.
This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending the Inked Out tattoo convention located at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ. The show boasted shops from around the globe and tri-state areas such as Screamin Ink, Last Rites, Starlight Tattoo, as well as artists with global recognition like Mark Mahoney, Paul Booth, Freddy Negrete, Horitoshi, Potter Seunghyun Jo, Ivana Belakova and more. Alongside the tattoo booths, vendors were selling their merch in booths all around the show floor from Harley Davidson to Hells Angels. The event was great, a wide variety of artists catering to the wide variety of attendees. The expo center was buzzing, artists had their machines running at full capacity, slinging ink onto fresh skin all day.
We spent a good amount of time with our great friend and fellow Liverbasher Emmanuel Reyes, an amazing tattoo artist working out of the Screamin Ink tattoo shop in Fairlawn, NJ and its artists Toni Kotar, Ivan Barbosa, Nicolas Gualteros, Mike Londono, Damian Palmieri, Kathleen Ackerman, Brian Tiger. It was amazing to see the respect and gratitude fans and collectors of the art had for the artists on site and the conversations that were being held between the two. What an event, check out the gallery below to get a taste of what we saw.