Sunday, February 18, 2018

Marcela's Gorgeous Tattoo (Tattoosday Goes to Philly)

I met Marcela briefly at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention (@villainarts) last weekend and she was kind enough to share this stunning black and grey artwork on her thigh and hip:


She credited Andres Ortega (@Ortega_ink) from Knucklehead Tattoo (@knuckleheadtattooshop) in Glendale, Arizona, with this amazing work. Marcela estimated that it was about 15-20 hours in the making. You can actually get a better view of the piece over on Ortega's Instagram here.

Thanks to Marcela for sharing this stunning tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Philly godback


Friday, February 16, 2018

Philly to the Bone (Tattoosday at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention)

Last weekend at the 20th Annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention (@villainarts), I met Lucas, who approached me and my bald head and suggested I should ink my dome like he had:


Lucas, like many of the folks in attendance at the convention, was still on a Super Bowl high, as the Eagles had brought home the championship just six days earlier. You know someone's a fan when they're proudly inked with the team's logo, and there is no greater commitment than to slap that baby right on the side of your head, like the design on a helmet.

He credited the work to Doug Hand (@thughand) from Northern Liberty Tattoo (@northernlibertytattoo) in Philadelphia.

Lest one doubt the commitment to his local teams, Lucas had, a few years back, had the baseball logo of the beloved Philadelphia Phillies emblazoned on the other side of his dome:


Doug Hand also did this piece.

I'm assuming the back of his skull is reserved for a 76'ers logo, but I forgot to ask.

Thanks to Lucas for sharing these tattoos with us here on Tattoosday! Fly, Eagles, fly!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bear in Mind (Tattoosday Goes to Philly)

Philadelphia may be the home of the Eagles, but this Bear caught my eye last weekend at the 20th Annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention (@villainarts):


That's on the back of the head of Brian Vaillancourt (@brianvaillancourt) from Inkslingers Studio (@inkslingers_studio) in Alhambra, California. Brian credited Frank Sanchez (@frank310) with creating this piece.

Thanks to Brian for sharing this bad ass tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Danielle's Peach Perfume (Tattoosday Goes to Philly)

Last weekend at the 20th Annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention (@villainarts), I met Danielle, who shared this really cool and unusual tattoo:


This tattoo depicts a perfume bottle in the shape of a voluptuous female form. The artist's Instagram calls this "Peach Perfume.: It was one of the smaller pieces I saw, but I have never seen anything like it, and I'm thankful Danielle shared it.

She credited the tattoo to Mohawk Jesse Yunker (@mohawkjessetattoos) from Mutiny Tattoo Studio in McDonald, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Danielle for sharing this awesome tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Nichole's Amazing Back Piece (Tattoosday Goes to Philly)

Last weekend at the 20th Annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention (@villainarts), I met Nichole, who shared this astonishing full back piece featuring a Tibetan skull:


This is the handiwork of Lou Hansen (@lhansenart) from Dollhouse Tattoo Parlour (@dollhousetattooparlour) in Glendora, New Jersey.

During the judging on day 2 of the show, this beauty won 2nd place in the "Female, Color - Extra Large" category. Congratulations to Nichole and Lou Hansen for the honor!

A hearty thanks to Nichole for sharing this amazing work!


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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Dispatch from the 20th Annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention

For years, I have been dying to go to the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention (@villainarts).

I have long been haunted by the anecdote from several years ago when I had a car at my disposal, but couldn't get it out of the spot in Brooklyn, thanks to several inches of snow that had made the extrication of the vehicle impossible, despite hours of futile effort. I eventually gave up and bailed on the journey.

This year, I was determined to make it happen and took no chances, opting for Megabus, instead, which transported me on day 2 of the convention from Gotham to the City of Brotherly Love, still nursing its hangover from its first Super Bowl title, just six days earlier.

The trip was uneventful and I walked the dozen blocks from the bus stop to the convention center, just ahead of the rain that dampened the spirits of those waiting to get into the venue.

Within an hour of arriving in Philly, I was in the building, completely excited for what I was about to
experience.


Everyone had told me that the Philadelphia show was the gold standard for size. I have been to a few of the New York City shows, and I was told by enough people to expect "hugeness," but I was still amazed by the sheer scope of the venue.


As the day progressed, the venue filled with thousands of people.


Pictures don't really don't do it justice. But check out the map of the convention floor:


There were a thousand booths, and some vendors were even astute (and big) enough to have two booths, on either side of the massive floor.

Tattoosday is all about showing people's work, and one post alone won't cut it. Trust me, there was tattooing...

A tattoo artist at work
But there was also tattoo supplies...


and booths with weird stuff too...


And tattooing....

Victor Modafferi (@victormodafferi) from Bullseye Tattoo (@bullseyetattooshop) working a lion tattoo
and contests (see future posts for winners and runners-up) and entertainment:

Alakazam, The Human Knot (@thehumanknot)

and artwork galore....


I also had the time to get tattooed by JJ Ohlinger from Prohibition Ink (tattoo in a post TBD).


and I ran into some old friends, like Heidi from Hawaiian Ink Guard:


and Deirdre, founder of  Pinups for Pitbulls:


I spent a good 10 hours walking around, getting tattooed, interviewing people, and at one point I lost my voice, so I needed to wet my whistle


But I can't stress how massive a production this was. I mean this is just the section of the floor with the stencil machines for artists:


I mean, they even had a choice of t-shirts, with designs not only from this year's convention, but from conventions past, as well as souvenir shirts from other cities where Villain Arts runs conventions. I ended up with this beauty of a shirt:


All in all, it was blast. Word of advice to the casual attendee - get there early and expect to wait in line a bit. The sheer size of the convention makes security a necessity and most folks had to wait a good hour to get in. If you're getting tattooed and have an appointment, you can arrange to skip the line and have your artist meet you in the lobby.

A huge thanks to Try and Liz from Villain Arts for facilitating my entry and showing this New Yorker some good old-fashioned Philadelphia hospitality. It was greatly appreciated. I look forward to coming back next February for more of my "Phil" of this amazing tattoo arts experience!

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