July 11, 2013

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Attention, all body modification enthusiasts: The first annual Chattanooga Tattoo Convention is almost here! The event, which is being held at the Chattanooga Convention Center,  takes place July 12-14. Admission is $20 a day, or the entire weekend for $35. Kids younger than age 12 are admitted free. (It’s never too early to begin planning your first piece…after all, it will be with you forever). 

The convention will feature talented artists from top studios across the nation, as well as several local studios, including Rite of Passage (Market Street) and Ink Expressions (Ringgold Road). Visiting shops include Ambition Tattoo from Knoxville, Black Heart Tattoo from Ohio, Redemption Ink and Now or Never from Georgia, Electric Hand Tattoos from Nashville, Forbidden Color Tattoo from North Carolina, Capital City Tattoo from Montgomery, and dozens more. Visit for the full list. 

In addition to all of the amazing artists, attendees will also be able to take full advantage of vendors and tattoo seminars. If you have unique ink you’d like to show off, $10 is all it takes to enter your piece into more than ten different competitions, such as Best Sleeve Arm/Leg, Best American Traditional, Best Back Piece, and Best Color Realism to name a few. First through third place prizes will be awarded for each category. There will also be a free Tattoo of the Day contest each day of the convention. 

As if that isn’t enough,  check out the various shows on each day of the event —including a human suspension show. 

For more information, visit the website listed above, or call (865) 208-1623. 

—Keeli Monroe


July 11, 2013

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