The last time I have attended the London Tattoo Convention was in 2006, which was a good 7 years ago. it was right after I moved from Israel to the UK, the convention was still running at this old dungeon-like venue, and I mainly went there for the sole purpose of meeting my tattoo artist who moved from Tel-Aviv to NYC and get some precious colour under my skin.
As some of you may know, I’m not a huge fan of humans and confined spaces. what is the London Tattoo Convention all about? oh, you guessed right; loads of humans and a pretty damn confined space. add to that being a newbie in a country and the pressure of getting tattooed (which in my opinion should always be a relaxed experience rather than a hectic one) and you kinda get why I’ve developed a non-existing desire to step foot in that event ever again.
But things changes, aren’t they.
I am no longer the new girl on the block, which makes me less intimidated by my surroundings, and since in recent years the convention has relocated to the very awesomely airy and non-confined space that is the Tobacco Dock, I visited it in the past couple of years just to like, you know, hang outside with friends etc. the fact that it was literally 5 minuets away from my old flat was a treat. however, I was still reluctant to actually get in.
This year I set my mind to get over this nonsense. too many lovely friends and tattoo artists from Israel (and the ones who moved abroad and I could no longer see) came over, and I guess my will to see them, be surrounded by art & have a good time, beat any past fear I had about TLTC.
The first minuet I walked in, it was clear to see that what’s going on inside was nothing like the cringing experience I’ve had 7 years ago. it was amazing, the humans were beautiful, there was colour everywhere, and I couldn’t be more happy about my decision to be part of this year’s event. I’ve got loads of awesome pictures and I will deff go back next year :)
My israeli mate got her dog tattooed on her leg, super cute!
Guen Douglas is my all-time favourite artist and I had planned to get some colours in from her during the convention but sadly she went fully booked within 2 seconds (surprise!) oh well, next time :)
Shige from Japan is my boy’s artist-crush, and he’s been planing to get tattooed by him ever since we were kids (true story) since he’s located in Japan it’s pretty tricky, but you know, life is long, I’m sure they will meet somewhere along the way…
Good times! x