Spanning the 23rd, 24th and 25th of September at Tobacco Dock, the 12th London Tattoo Convention looks like an incredible event. In addition the the various skin artists, there’s a great selection of bands and a 2000AD art exhibition, plus a ton of other stuff.
Orange Goblin, Raging Speedhorn, The Broken Chords, Willie & The Bandits, King Kurt and Urban Voodoo Machine have all been confirmed to perform live, with more bands to be announced. A whole feast of alternative attractions and numerous diverse distractions will also be vying for attendees’ attention, not least the first ever 2000AD art exhibition. Featuring original artworks from the finest illustrators of the UK’s oldest and most iconic comic, attendees will be able to purchase numerous prints, books and other 2000AD merchandise at the convention. More details of this particular exhibit can be found here.
Numerous other unforgettable collaborations of the arts are set to excite the eyes, including inspirational exhibitions from Joe Fenton, Chris Guest, Graham Humphries, Christopher Lovell, Haris Nukem and Jim Philips’ The Art Of God Machine.
The Fuel Girls, the electrifying, original and best fire-breathing tattooed acrobatic dance troupe in the world, will return to star as the resident performers on the ‘Fuel Stage’, which will also boast the debut appearance of the dynamic new Circus Of Men troupe and much more.
Also new for this year is the ‘Pyrohex’ stage, hosted by the London based high octane pyro-fire-aerial performance group Pyrohex, who were such a hit at 2015’s tumultuous convention that they’ve now got their very own podium. Watch jaws drop as the sensational Cervena Fox, Shelly D inferno, Rebecca Crow and Sununu Hernandez amaze with their latest group act with fire.
The Main ‘Tattoo Life’ Stage will host new Tattoo Competitions for Saturday and Sunday, with a brand new catwalk allowing the public and press to fully appreciate and capture the tattoo competition entrants’ high caliber skin – inked artworks; for full details and timings go here.
Select stunning Alternative pin-up models will be signing merchandise and posing for pictures at the convention, including Sabine Kelly, Jessica Wilde, Karla Lambert, Bibiana Atada, Lauren Brock, Eric Liyah Kane, Elegy Ellem, Anna Quinn, and Mz Bones.
The huge, diverse vendors and traders market will be packed with even more head-turning alternative stuff than you can shake a stick at. The usual wide-ranging selection of food and drink which will also be on offer, including a massive choice of real ales, ciders, craft beers and cocktails, plus everything from Mexican to freshly cooked Malaysian foods, German Sausages, gourmet burgers and vegetarian options.
Don’t delay in making plans to immerse yourself in the most sublime, thrilling weekend on the planet. Advance tickets, priced at £20 for Friday, £30 for Saturday, £25 for Sunday or £50 for a weekend pass, are available to purchase via the event’s website. Admission for visitors under 14 is free, provided they are accompanied by an adult.