The latest trends in tattooing, as well as some ancient techniques, are the big draw at the 15th annual Atlanta Tattoo Festival, where dozens of the world’s most well-known tattoo artists will display and demonstrate their artwork.
In some cases, they may even tattoo you, if you dare.
Highlights from this year’s roster of talent include Pili Mo'o, who is known as the "Tufinga Tatau," or "traditional tatau master," who has traveled from the Canary Islands for live demonstrations of the traditional Marquesian and Polynesian tattoo style.
The three-day event features seminars, vendors and a poolside bikini contest.
New this year is the addition of live music with Six Shot Revival, Kadense, and Killer and the Savage. Other highlights include a book talk and signing with Crazy Philadelphia Eddie, a noted tattoo artist who has chronicled his life in six volumes, beginning with his start at Coney Island, where tattoos cost 50 cents apiece in 1952.
“These are not your everyday tattoos and definitely nothing like the heart with ‘mom’ written on it,” festival director Jennifer Reyes said. “Some artists are so specialized, focusing for example on just underwater sea creatures or mechanical drawings. The tattoos will absolutely blow your mind.”
15th annual Atlanta Tattoo Festival
3 p.m. to midnight June 3-4; noon to 7 p.m. June 5. Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Perimeter Northwest, 6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta. One-, two- and three-day passes for $20, $30 and $40. 18 and under admitted free. www.atlantatattooartsfestival.com.
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