Well it was with great pleasure that the Black Flag was asked to review the London Tattoo Convention 2012 being held at the spacious Tabacco Dock.
This was the 8th year that the convention was being held in our fair city and apparently it has gone from strength to strength each year.
As we made our way towards the gates of the convention, we were amazed at the queues that run literally all around the building. This was clearly going to live up to the hype.
We made our way into the complex and started to explore. The whole place was alive with activity. Stalls selling merchandise were scattered around the convention, tattooists from across the world were busy working on punters who had obviously paid a pretty penny for the privilege of being inked by the best of the best, as well as countless special guests and entertainment throughout the day.
It being a Tattoo Convention, there was of course some truly awesome ink on display, everything from single tats right up to full bodywork. The sheer artwork being displayed was truly stunning. One of my highlights of the convention was a screening of the movie ‘Tattooed Nation’ which charted the rise of the tattoo in America from prisioners and gangs and into the mainstream, with a particular emphasis on Black and Grey tattooing.
There were some great performances at the convention, most notable being the Fuel Girls with their flame filled Ariel spectacular. When the angle grinder came out we knew we were in for a treat. There were also great acts from Fetish model Elergy Ellem performing a princess Leia slave girl routine (hubba hubba) and Sword Swallowing Lucky Hell. My only grip is that we had to leave before the Neville Staples Band.
We also met some great people at the convention, foremost of them is the lovely Missy Le Pink (interview on its way) who was there showcasing her Tattoo Tonic, Hayley off of Total Rock Radio and five Suicide girls who we ended up hanging out with.
So my overall opinion of the London Tattoo Convention was that it was a damn good day out. If you’ve got the money to spare and your into ink then the London Tattoo Convention is definitely worth the cost of admission beware though as you could end up spending some serious cash there. I personally cant wait till next years convention as I’m determined to get some work done…