Tuesday 27 September 2016

Tats fans' riot of colour at homage to their ink

Jane O'Faherty

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Agnieszka Malik, from Bray, Co Wicklow, and Claire Higgins, from Kildare, decorated with bodypaint at the Tattoo Convention in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Agnieszka Malik, from Bray, Co Wicklow, and Claire Higgins, from Kildare, decorated with bodypaint at the Tattoo Convention in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Hard rock hits clashed with the low, steady hum of tattoo machines as the last day of the Dublin International Tattoo Convention got under way.

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As the weekend-long tattoo convention started to wrap up in the city's IFSC, attendees were still grabbing the chance to see the latest skin art styles.

Body piercer Baz Black, from Dundalk. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Body piercer Baz Black, from Dundalk. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Dublin Tattoo Convention which took place at the Convention Centre this weekend. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Maja Bohemen tattooing Ross McKinley at the Tattoo Convention in Dublin. Pictures:Arthur Carron
A tattoo enthusiast shows of his ink at the Dublin Tattoo Convention. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Meanwhile, the brave among them were choosing to go under the needle from some of the biggest names in international tattoo art.

Chris Garver, a New-York based tattoo artist, made his way to Ireland especially for the event and attracted a large crowd.

Chris, who is best known for appearing in the hit TV show 'Miami Ink', told the Irish Independent that it was his first time visiting the capital.

"I have a lot of friends here and I've been keeping an eye on them on Instagram."

But Chris found himself busy for the entire weekend, with most of the appointments with the tattoo master being snapped up on the first day of the event.

Meanwhile, Dublin-based tattoo artist Juliete Garcia was also busy at work with customers

Originally from Milan, Juliete's speciality is animals and nature has earned her a large following.

Baz Black, who runs his own salon in Dundalk, also called on the Government to bring in regulations.

"Literally any Tom, Dick or Harry can just open a tattoo shop," he said.

Irish Independent

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