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Las Vegas — By Lynn Goya on October 2, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Vegas Gets Skin

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.

If you miss the expo, but still want to dip your fingers and toes into the tattoo world, Vegas offers more shops than ever (let me know your favorite if I missed it).  tattoed man

Club Tattoo

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.

Vince Neil Ink at the Rio

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.

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South Florida — By klynch on July 5, 2009 at 11:11 am

TattooLaPalooza, Tattoo & Motorcycle Extravaganza

Photo Credit: Binder.donedat @ flickr

Photo Credit: Binder.donedat @ flickr

There was a time when we were obsessed with Miami Ink to get our fix on all the coolest tattoos around, but now Tattoolapalooza is all the craze (well, maybe just for next weekend). Make your way down to the Miami Beach Convention Center next week (July 10-12) for this tattoo, motorcycle and art convention, as they will be bringing together some of the best artists around (yes, even ice sculptors will be around) to compete and to create the perfect design for you. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 5 feet tall get in free.

Whether you are looking to get a new tattoo, show off your design skills, watch a live painting experiment, attend a seminar or just people watch, you will be sure to find something here to liven up your weekend. Many contests will be held over the course of the weekend including: Traditional, small, Japanese, Back Piece, Realism, Calf Sleeve, New School, worst tattoo and more. If you aren’t into tattoos, there are still contests for you including a motorcycle contest and a $1000 body painting competition.

No one to watch the kids? Don’t worry, as this is a child-friendly zone. There will be games, rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house and temporary tattoos just for the kids.

TattooLaPalooza, Tattoo and Motorcycle Extravaganza takes place July 10-12 at the Miami Beach Convention Center located at 1901 Convention Center Dr. (305) 673-7311


July 10: 12pm – 12am

July 11: 12pm – 12am

July 12: 12pm – 9pm

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, weekend pass (in advance) is $35 and $40 at the door. Seminars are additional.

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