With it being the early convention season I've been doing a lot of thinking.
(I'm surprised as well don't worry).
Have you ever been to a tattoo convention? I considered today the fact that I had never been to one not as a tattoo artist. I don't know why. I think it was maybe something I never thought about but I really wish I had. They are these magical events where some of the most talented people you will ever be in the presence of meet and do awesome things. Here are a few things to consider when looking to take part in the magic.
I want to get a tattoo at a tattoo convention. What are some do's and don'ts?
DO get excited.
DO head on over to the event's website and have a look at the attending artists portfolios.
DO contact artists you are interested in getting tattooed by.
DO give them free reign. A tattoo convention can sometimes be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get tattooed by someone you may never see again. Give your artist an idea and let them work their magic.
DO go into the event with the idea that you can potentially pick from one of their wonderful pieces of flash.
DO take a business card. If you have a tiny banger you want off your phone - give them a call at their shop. More times than not they will be thankful for that time with you outside of the convention where they can make your vision a reality.
DO bring cash!
DO consider tipping your artists. A lot of the time convention pieces are done at a discounted rate.
DO spend some time looking around. My entire house is covered in some of the most amazing art I have purchased at conventions. PRINTS ARE THE BEST THING EVER AHHH.
DO be kind to these lovely souls. A lot of the time they are working 12+ hour days, spendings nights in hotels and getting up early the next morning to do rad things on you. Sometimes a bit of their sparkle is gone by day 3 but know they are always (well I am) grateful you made it out and paid to come and visit them.
DON'T bring an image on your phone and expect the first person you see to be able to draw it up and slap it on you. We definitely understand you think it's super easy and that anyone can do it in like 15 minutes. Tattoo artists attend conventions with the hopes of either bringing clients they already have booked and competing with them for awards or as an opportunity to really showcase their flash. Flash (predrawn one off designs) is the friggen' best man. It's often an artist's wish to tattoo them and I light up every time I find my treasures the perfect skin home. (Here is a small do. Sometimes people are able to do these designs so don't fret. Just be polite and ask around. We will often point you in the direction of someone who has a spare moment.)
DON'T hover while they are tattooing. Absolutely, ask if there is a moment you can catch their attention, if you may look. Tattooing at a convention can be super stressful so be kind if it seems they are ignoring you. It's rarely the case!
DON'T assume you will get tattooed if you haven't contacted the artists prior to the event. Getting a tattoo ready for you takes lots of work! Sometimes hours and many revisions of a piece to get it just right.
DON'T take all the free swag artists have brought and give them to your kids or throw them on the ground. Those things, while small, take time and money and we love them. And you.
Well, that's all I can think of just now and a couple things to think on. If you have any tattoo convention tips please send them on over. Also questions. I like answering them. Gimmie a shout. Until then, I hope to see you all at the Edmonton Convention at the end of the month.