If the Kickoff Party last night is any indication of the quality of Mario Barth Presents The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth at Mandalay Bay, expect a low turnout, disorganized organizers and self-pretentious promoters. Other than that, it should be fun.
The three-day event beginning October 2, 2009 offers live tattooing and piercing, special performances, 100 vendors and and a tattoo museum as well as contests and the chance to talk with other artists and tattoo aficionados. The show also offers information on laser removal and reconstructive surgery. Special guest artists include owner and music producer Ernesto Kalum of Borneo Headhunters Tattoo and Piercing Studio who combines tattoo technique learned from the elders in his Iban community with modern-day electronic tattooing practices. Members of the Hori Toshi family showcase traditional Japanese tattoo art that can be traced back at least 300 years. Sua Petelo and Peter Sulu Ape present tatau, the ancient style of tattoo in Samoa.
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3663 Las Vegas Blvd., South
Opened in 1995 by Sean Dowdell, Thora Dowdell and Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park), Club Tattoo artists have won international awards for their body piercing, tattoos, body jewelry and microdermal design. The parlor often features guest artists such as Jo Harrison who will be at the shop from October 5th through the 8th.
Masquerade Village at the Rio
3700 W Flamingo Road
daily 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
The ultra-rock tattoo parlor by Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe fame and rock star chopper builder Danny Koker, known as Count, of Count’s Kustoms have a 2,800 square feet shop decorated with Vince Neil and Mötley Crüe memorabilia, custom leather couches, eight flatscreen TVs, granite counter tops. Artists include kanji tattoo master Jerome Swanson; Twigg Sparks, specialist in fine line and portrait inkings, and Josh Petty, who favors a bold and bright new school and realistic art form; Junior, favoring neo-traditional art with horror realism and skulls; Jake-N-Eggs, the “traditional” tattoos; and Matt Ahn, whose work is influenced by Polynesian and Asian styles from his home state of Hawaii.
Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.
Palms Casino and Hard Rock Hotel
daily 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Founded by motocross legend Carey Hart, the shop features some of the best resident tattoo artists in the country as well as talented guest artists who pride themselves on providing a great customer experience. An evolving computerized flash system provides guests with state-of-the-art design.