8th London International Tattoo Convention 2012

The London tattoo convention is back for the eighth year running at Tobacco Docks on the 28th to 30th of September 2012.

The convention is being held at the following address:

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF.

Highlights of the three-day line up include Ami James and Chris Nunez of Miami Ink fame who will be coming to the event for his first time. Tattoo Life Magazine are the event organizers and have rammed the line up full of entertainers, bands and an amazing line up of exhibitions and attractions.

Lots of well-known UK tattoo artists will be practicing their skills and every style of tattooing known to man will be represented from the thirteen sterile tattoo halls at the convention. A full list of tattoo artists attending the event can be found on the conventions website

There are over 300 elite tattoo artists which have already been confirmed and there is a waiting list of more than 1,000 big names still hoping to be added.

Tickets are available at www.thelondontattooconvention.com and are priced at £20 for Friday, £30 for Saturday, £25 for Sunday, or £55 for a weekend pass.

Check out some highlights of line up of events and artists below:

The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, will travel to London for the first time to exhibit a vast range of tattoo-related artifacts and collectables from the four corners of the earth. On display will be ancient tattoo machines, artists’ tools, acetate stencils, business cards, photos, drawings and examples of western tattoo styles including old flash from the 1950′s to the 1970′s.

Vis Dearum is an exhibition highlighting the massive contribution of female artists in the world of tattoo, in which the power of artistic creativity brings to life the divine in the female universe. Eighteen leading international women painters and tattoo artists, led by Italian Viola Von Hell, will display their images of gorgeous mysterious pagan divinities such as Aphrodite, Nìke, Parvati, Hera, Minerva and Kali.

Tattoo Nation Film, an 85 minute documentary about Charlie Cartwright, Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete, the pioneers who boldly opened the first tattoo parlor in the heart of East LA’s Chicano community, will be premiered in London on September 29th. In 1975 Cartwright and Rudy hired Negrete, a recently paroled teenager who, while in jail, unknowingly established iconic images that spoke to an entire generation of Chicanos.
‘Tattoo Nation’ shows how a new, fine line style using detail and shading to achieve a remarkable realism, known as ‘Black & Grey’ was embraced as a new vehicle for self-expression by the Chicano community in East Los Angeles, and subsequently revolutionized the world of ink. For the first time, these legendary figures tell their stories in a feature-length documentary film. Included are other important figures such as David Oropeza and “Chuco” Caballero, winners of many prestigious tattoo competitions.

The Pinhole Camera Project, is a fascinating exhibition on the world of tattooing by Jack Watts, which captures famous tattoo artists at work in their studios, using pinhole cameras. Pinhole cameras give a surreal insight into an artist’s space and the art of tattooing. What is so interesting about this exhibition is that it is not immediately apparent from the photographs what is actually going on. They almost look like operations being carried out. Each space reflects a particular artist on the tattoo scene, the work stations are personalised, and it’s as much about the detail around the movement as it is about the movement itself.

Beyond Tattoo, a truly unique graphics and design exhibition by some of the best-known tattoo artists in the world, will display the stunning works featured in this fantastic new volume of art from 30 of the world’s greatest tattoo artists, including Mike Giant, Javi Castano, Inma, George Campise and El Carlo.

Anatomy Of The Art – Burlesque Surrealism artist Michael Hussar, whose paintings are in the private collections of Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppolla and Leonardo Di Caprio, will be painting live ‘alla prima’ at the convention on Saturday the 29th of September. One of the biggest names on the contemporary art scene, Hussar describes his work as “a voyeuristic snapshot of perceived humanity, complete with freaks and fakery; a gothic Wonderland illuminating the grey area between truths and lies.” Hugely influential among tattoo artists the world over for his figurative style and use of colour, Hussar will start working on a new painting and finish without interruptions – ‘alla prima’ – in just one shot.

Tattoo Contests – As always, the biggest show on offer is provided by the visitors themselves, who will compete in the Tattoo contests for ‘Best Of Day’, ‘Best Back Piece’, ‘Best Back Ornament’, ‘Best Colours’, ‘Best Black And Grey’ and ‘Best Of Show’.

Lucky Hell, ‘The Sword Swallowing Painted Lady’, a seductress of the stage with the dance moves to prove it, and a death defying performance artist with the scars to show for it, will present a full, 35 minute repertoire. Skilled in the artistry and theatrics of the classic circus and modern day sideshow, Lucky is a glamourous, badass showgirl who performs with one of a kind, fully rhinestoned swords, hammers and machetes to devastating effect.

The Fuel Girls, the edgiest, sexiest, most adrenaline filled kick ass fire breathing, rock and roll dance and stunt show on the planet, who were a massive hit with the crowds last year, will be back with select, unmissable performances throughout the weekend.

The Nerdy Stripper, who has been pushing the boundaries and challenging the rules about tattoos in clubs since she made her stage debut in Toronto in 2008, is set to thrill with her breath taking lapdance. As the ‘Most Heavily tattooed stripper in Toronto’ peels off her nerdy cosplay, she unveils tattoos of Yoda, Iron Man, The Hulk and Wonder Woman, tattooed by such famous artists as Chris Lowe.

Elegy Ellem, the sexy model and top Burlesque performer, who varies her performances from cute pin-up style with a twist to pure erotic fetish acts, will fly in once again from her native Sweden for the weekend. You never know what can happen when this sexy creature steps on stage, so prepare to be surprised and stunned when she performs.

Les Soeurs Tribales, a Tribal Bellydance & Modern Urban Fusion Dance troupe from Italy, will wow audiences with a brand new Improvisational Tribal Style format, inspired by Old School Tribal Bellydance, but with a contemporary twist.

Sabina Kelley an elegant and sensual pin-up girl with singular grace and style, and a hugely successful burlesque artist to boot, will be signing copies of the Tattoo Energy Calendar 2013, featuring her breath taking curves and marvellous tattoos, captured by legendary photographer Christian Saint, at the Tattoo Life stand.


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