2013 Tattoo Convention

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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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Stayin’ Weird

Since the mid 1980’s the South St area has been slowly trending to corporate retail and food.   Seemingly to edge closer and closer to a suburban mall.  I figured at some point they would put a roof on and then populate with seniors in big white sneakers doing exercise laps.  The days of places like Zipperhead are long gone.    The funk the punk and the art slowly ground down.  Jim’s Steaks and few others have survived and just when you thought all was lost Tattoo Eddies 621’s own Professor Ouch takes it in another direction.   What makes things “cool”?  What makes things “collectible”?  It’s hard to put into words, but Professor Ouch has put together art, toys and many many odd objects into a store called Bizarre Bazaar Odditorium at 720 S 5th St that I would describe as a bunch of pretty cool shit.   Many items brought in on consignment are interesting but the real weird items are from his own collections, conjoined twin baby skeletons, a real mummy and the ever elusive as well as legendary inaccurate beauty of a mermaid.  It’s only about 18 inches long damn damn ugly.   There’s a headless Hummel collection, sideshow canvases, toys from all eras, weird figurines, aliens in jars, all kinds of pig statues, vintage Playboys and Popular Mechanics, circus posters and much much more cool shit.

I’m heading back in a few days to haggle over some vintage sideshow canvases.  Don’t know why I like them so much but I must have one or maybe two.   Is this where it starts?  Anyway the South St area just got several notches more interesting  and it’s going to be a blast to stop in regularly and see what his latest offerings are.

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Hotrod Hoedown 2012

This Saturday and Sunday, Hot Rods, music, swap meet, flea market, vintage, art crafts, tattoo, pin-up contest, yes it has it all.  Pre-1975 cars, trucks, bikes and cycles.  More info here: hotrodhoedown.com

***UPDATE***

Well crap!  We got to the Hoe Down on Saturday just before the skies opened up and people started moving their pride and joys to drier ground.  We did manage to snap a few photos though…great event we’ll always brave the weather for!

 

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Tattoo Convention Philadelphia

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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Sailors & Tattoos

Tattoo artists, tattoo art and lots of inked people at the Seaport Museum at Penns Landing last night for the opening of Past to Present – Tattoo Paintings by Troy Timpel.  The exhibit featured tattoo art from the early days to the ever existent present, revealing how the art has changed over the years and in many respects not changing at all.  If you’re into body ink and or like maritime history this exhibit is a must.

More info here: http://www.phillyseaport.org/New_Exhibits-Tattoos-Skin_and_Bones.shtml

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Naked City Exposed

Once again bicyclists some skateboarders and a few walkers from Philly and who knows where else gathered and threw off their garments to bike and roam naked around the city of brotherly love and cheesesteaks.  The queue seemed longer this year and the weather was perfect.

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Clothing Optional

Some will be nude, some partially and others fully clothed.  But once again the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride returns to do their circuit around Center City on Sunday September 4th.

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