2013 Tattoo Convention


Was it really only 2 years ago that we were sitting on the floor of the Sheraton  Hotel for Troy Timpel’s Tattoo Arts Convention, close enough to photograph the sword as it slipped past Betty Bloomerz’s uvula?  It was.  And what a difference 2 years and the Pennsylvania Convention Center makes.

This past weekend marked Troy and his Villian Art’s 15th Annual Tattoo Arts Convention, and it was truly spectacular.  With it’s thriving tattoo community, the Philly convention has become a virtual Who’s Who of tattoo artists.   Philly convention regulars like Don “MF’ Juan, Permanent Mark, Myke Chambers and Chris Torres were joined by an array of reality tattoo show hotties like  Meghan Massacre, Amy Nicoletta, and Sarah Miller.

Entertainment was above and beyond anything we’ve seen at the past shows.  Tattoo contests were huge this year.  Our favorite Clown Babe Reverend Mackenzie Moltov and her fellow babes were on hand for arials, and general sideshow awesomeness.  Suspensions, burlesque and pin-ups, oh my!  I did miss the Rigor Mortis Review this year, and that made me sad, but Scarlett Storm managed to walk around naked all night, and that’s never a bad thing.   Somehow I also missed my favorite throw back to the days of Coney Island tattoos, Crazy Philadelphia Eddie, but that’s ok.  I still have my signed copy of “Tattooing, The Life and Times of Crazy Philadelphia Eddie” from last year, in case I forget about his trials and tribulations punctuated by bouts of Syphilis.

I love the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention.  I love seeing the art.  I love watching the artists.  I love the colors of the ink and the tools for sale.  I love the glares sometimes get when we get when we photograph the artists.  I love being surrounded by thousands of people who agree that every one looks hotter with ink.  When I got my first tattoo, my artist said “Welcome to the Club”.  Gotta say, this is the greatest membership ever!

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Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention 2013

This is the 15th year of the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention and the second year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The available artist’s booths are already sold out. More tattoo celebs this year as well as artists and entertainment. If you live in Philly and you’re into ink and other body art, this is a must do event.

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention 2013

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This years Tattoo Convention was bigger and better than ever.  The skin ink convention moved to it’s new digs in the Pennsylvania Convention Center providing much needed room to wander the aisles.  This years event brought several stars from the tattoo reality television shows.  Megan Massacre, Jessica Gahring, Chris Torres, Permanent Mark and Amy Nic0lleto.  Entertainment was freaky as ever from the Freak Kings to the Rigor Mortus Revue and everything in between.

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Tattoo Heaven

1_2Still kicking yourself for missing it last year?  Fear not, the annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention is back and more badass than ever.  Surround yourself with an impressive array of artists from around the country, from local superstars such as Don “MF” Juan of Tattoo Eddie’s fame, to anti Kat Von D vixen Amy Nicoletto from LA Ink.  After getting your ink, catch some of the finest burlesque babes and tattooed freaks that underground Philly has to offer, from the classic Olde City Sideshow folks to Philly fav Penguin Boy of The Freak Kings to our personal guilty pleasure, The Rigor Mortis Review.  For those of the female tattoo persuasion, check out the casting call for “Tattooed Wives” a pilot for a new reality show looking for the ultimate tattooed chicks.  Last year we were fortunate enough to meet the man who started it all, Philadelphia Eddie.  Who, when we proudly showed off our ink from one of his shops, just shook his head, and with his trademark dead pan comic genius said “I’m sorry”.

For more info, check out http://villainarts.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27&Itemid=91

Our Hearts Go Out to Jellyboy the Clown

geek-showFor those of you fortunate enough to have seen him perform, we don’t have to tell you the circus sideshow brilliance of Squiding Brother and Carnivolution MC Jellyboy the Clown.  The sword swallowing, fire breathing, flesh hook hanging geek, performer, musician and writer has been a leader in the underground movement and a true pioneer in bringing back the tradition of the circus sideshow.

On Saturday July 2nd, Eric Broomfield, the revolutionary performer behind evil clown face, was involved in an apartment fire in Queens after performing as a sword swallower at New York City’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum.  He and good friend, Brian Levinson, were dragged to safety by the New York Fire Department, after Eric was found in the bathroom where he had tried to escape the 4:00am fire, and was lying unconscious from smoke inhalation.  His condition is listed as critical but stable, and he suffered severe burns on 15% percent of his body, including his head, face and hands and is currently dependent on a  respirator due to serious damage to his lungs.

Like too many of our country’s artists and ground breaking performers, our fellow Philadelphian brother who has dedicated his life to bringing joy and awe to audiences worldwide, currently struggles for life with no health insurance.  He needs your help.  Please click here to donate, and we’ll try to keep you updated with any benefit performances we come across.

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