London Tattoo Convention Returns With Body Art, Fire Stunts And Rock 'N' Roll

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London Tattoo Convention Returns With Body Art, Fire Stunts And Rock 'N' Roll
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Every inch of your body is covered in ink? Or are you still mustering up to courage to face the needle? Either way, if you've got a passion for tattoos, you need to head to Tobacco Docks later this month.

On Friday 27 September, 400 of the world's most influential tattoo artists gather together under one roof for a weekend dedicated to the very best of body art. And with London Tattoo Convention celebrating its 15th anniversary, this year's edition is set to be extra-special.

From hand-poked Japanese 'tebori' and authentic Polynesian tribal tattoos, through to hyperealistic portraiture work — London Tattoo Convention is your chance to see masters at their craft in action (and maybe even treat yourself to some new ink).

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Among the talented tattooists making an appearance you'll find Mark Mahoney, who has previously inked the likes of David Beckham and Jonny Depp, and will judge the daily tattoo appearances. He's joined by leading Swiss artist Phillip Leu; Shawn Barber, who counts Kat Von D amongst his canvases; Alex Binnie, founder of iconic London studio Int You and many more.

You also won't want to miss the swansong of the UK's oldest tattooist. After seven decades of practice, 86-year-old Doc Price inks his last piece of body art at this year's London Tattoo Convention. He reckons he's tattooed somewhere between 28-40 acres of skin during his career — an impressive feat, even if it does conjure up a rather gruesome mental image.

There's more to the weekend than body art, too. The Fuel Girls perform dazzling fire and aerial stunts, while Figure of A reveals the beauty of tight binding Shibari — Japanese style rope bondage in a live suspension show. Featured music acts include The Quireboys, Never The Bride, and AC/DC tribute act Hell's Bells.

What's more, in honour of its 15th birthday, London Tattoo Convention has something new up its sleeve: the first ever Halfpipe Ramp Jam. Witness Vans Europe pro riders, champion UK skaters, and bonafide skateboarding legend, Steve Olson show off their skills. If you're feeling confident, you can even have a go yourself.

London Tattoo Convention, 27-29 September at Tobacco Dock. Tickets are on sale now and can be bought here.

Last Updated 09 September 2019