It’s that time again, when the counterculture of the self-embellished converge on Midtown for the 2nd annual Cleveland Tattoo Expo. The three day event took place from July 12-14th and showcased amazing artists from local shops as well as renowned masters from parlors across the country.
Jakprints has plenty of employees who have dedicated their own skin to this form of self expression, so you can imagine the excitement when we announced that we would be sponsoring the trade show. Jakprints provided the Circle VIP passes, Stickers and Screen Printed T-Shirts for the event.
We sent some of our employees to work the booth and a few even participated in getting inked over the weekend themselves. While we were there we also documented the occasion and interviewed artists to ask “what makes an ideal client?” and “do you have any advice about tattoo aftercare?” Their answers surprisingly, were almost unanimous. Everyone said that they preferred clients who were passionate about a concept, were familiar with their style, but were open minded about artistic interpretation so they could create a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork for them. When it came to tattoo aftercare they all said that “less is more”. Leave it covered up for the first 24-48 hours and then only apply recommended ointments sparingly to keep the tattoo moisturized.
So to the point of thinking that tattoos are taboo, you may be asking yourself “What takes place at a tattoo convention?” Well first of all, we can assure you that the indelible ink markings of the olde time outlaws and military men are nothing to be afraid of. The tattoo lifestyle has made its way to popular culture and people from all walks of life indulge in the joy that they get from permanently memorializing a person, place or event that they hold close to their heart.
With that said, tattoos can also be an adrenaline addiction and a creative outlet for others. This gathering is for those people who have a steadfast devotion and are purveyors of their craft. The expo features over 100 tattoo artists that are there to represent their shops and display their portfolios to attendees. It is a unique opportunity to see the many techniques side-by-side and seek out a style that matches your own. You get to meet the artists and mingle with other people who share the same interests. If you’re lucky, and you had enough foresight to schedule an appointment with someone ahead of time you may even get work done right there at the convention.
In addition to networking, you can also enjoy seminars and daily contests for best of show in a wide range of categories. Past work is put on display by the person modeling their permanent body modifications and accolades are handed out to the artists. Subject areas range from Best Black & White, Best Color, Best Traditional, Best Asian tattoo, to Best Portrait and many more.
We want to thank everyone that stopped by to see us at the Cleveland Tattoo Expo 2013. We hope to see you all again next year! Stay tuned to clevelandtattooexpo.com for early announcements and be sure to schedule an appointment with your favorite artist early if you missed your chance this time.
For more information on the artists featured in our video above please click the links below to view their portfolios:
Cleveland Tattoo Expo 2013, Photo Gallery: