Monday, July 2, 2012

Cleveland Tattoo Expo: July 13th-15th

Cleveland Tattoo Expo
by Joanna Wilson

Some events are so spectacular, it's worth leaving the Akron Empire to participate.  Such is the upcoming Cleveland Tattoo Expo.  Less than one hour's drive away, you can experience some of the best tattooing the Midwest has to offer.

I recently asked several of the tattoo artists at Akron's own Good Life Tattoo & Piercings "why should someone go to a tattoo convention?"  Their response was both swift and certain.  The Cleveland Tattoo Expo is going to be a good opportunity for both artists and people looking to get tattoos in Northeast Ohio.  This is an inside look at the subculture of tattooing with world-class artists exhibiting a variety of tattooing styles.  Even if you're not going to the expo to get a tattoo, there are many amazing and fun things to see and experience.  It's also the perfect place to go and talk to artists about their work and about tattooing in general.  If you are at all interested in tattoos or the subculture, this is the place to be this summer.

Front of Good Life Tattoos & Piercings located in Akron's Highland Square.  Photo courtesy of Laura Maidens

On the Expo website, there is a list of artists who will be attending.  Click HERE for that link.  Among artists from all over the country, you'll also find Jesse Strother, Brian Mcfadden, John Rippey and Brent Vann from Good Life Tattoos & Piercings.  They let me know that they will be including several guest artists in their booth as well.  Scanning the Expo website's list of artists reveals that there will be artists from Washington DC to Hawaii, from Philadelphia to Chicago, from Michigan to Florida, from Texas to New Hampshire, and places in between including Akron, Canton, Elyria, North Olmstead, Ashtabula, Parma, as well as Cleveland proper.

Another Cleveland Tattoo Expo poster, this one designed by Akron's own John Rippey.

If you're interested in getting a tattoo at the expo, check with the attending artist to see if they are taking appointment times.  Not all artists are scheduling appointments--some prefer accepting clients on a first come, first served basis--while other artists are welcoming appointments.  I was also advised by some who have attended tattoo conventions in the past to bring plenty of cash.  Often the ATMs at the sites run out of money by the end of the event.  You wouldn't want to be shut out that way. And, after the Expo each night, there is going to entertainment at Peabody's Down Under which is right around the corner.  Click HERE for the link to the list of bands playing.  There will also be seminars and contests--check the website for those details.

Tickets are now on sale for the Cleveland Tattoo Expo 
July 13, 14 and 15th
at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center (2000 Prospect Ave. E, Cleveland OH 44115)
Tickets are $20 per day or $50 for a weekend pass.
Facebook page: Cleveland Tattoo Expo

We'll see you there!

Have you seen these postcards for the event all over town?

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