Tattoo Events, Body Art Shows, and Ink Expos
View photos from Amsterdam Tattoo Museum. The elite of the tattoo industry came from all across the globe to the witness the grand opening of the Netherlands incredible Tattoo museum. Read the rest of this entry »
BBI was invited to the annual Orange County’s MusInk Festivaland let me tell you I was an absolute blast! The festival took place over the weekend of March 2-4 at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. With some of the most talented tattoo artists locally and countrywide, the festival was litterally buzzing with people and fans of all creeds and cultures from all around. Read the rest of this entry »
The 8th Annual Ink-N-Iron festival was nothing short of spectacular. People from all over the globe congregated and celebrated their love of custom hot rods and tattoo culture; once you stepped foot onto the playground, you were instantly taken back in time to when gorgeous pinup models, cool cats rockin’ Pompadours, and the sickest hot rods on earth reigned supreme. The Queen Mary played host to 280 of the world’s best and iconic tattoo artists from 30 states and 25 countries spread over three machine-buzzing levels inside the legendary ship. In short, Ink-N-Iron is the show to attend if you want to see amazing artists and killer hot rods. The entire event itself was a task to take in all at once yet absolutely breathtaking. We can’t wait for next year!
Mark Mahoney kicked off St. Patrick’s Day in the grandest of fashion by releasing a new ink collaboration he developed with Intenze. The new ink, appropriately called Shamrock Green, was limited to only 50 hand-crafted sets and even better was the packaging from which they came in. The Irish whiskey–inspired bottles were packaged in handcrafted wooden boxes and if that weren’t enough to impress, then the list of tastemakers and industry elite would have. Guests at the event were treated with nothing but genuine hospitality and care; once the meet and greet came to an end, the party carried on over at The Whisky in West Hollywood, California. In all, it was a kick ass get together that lived up to the name and reputation built by the legendary Mark Mahoney and the rest of the crew at the Shamrock Social Club.
Saturday night’s toast to the one-year anniversary of The Honorable Society took place in West Hollywood, California, and it certainly did not disappoint. The sterling guest list of movers and shakers, accomplished artists, and some special celebrity attendees spent a good part of the evening rubbing elbows, socializing, and talking tattoos, as well as Bound By Ink. To help lift spirits, patrons were treated to energy drinks supplied by Dr. V’s and spirits supplied by Tequila Avion and St. Germain. All of the artists at the event were congenial and never apprehensive, especially Marco Cerritelli, the host of the event and owner of The Honorable Society. If you have never been to The Honorable Society, you owe it to yourself to visit or just stop by. The place is no joke.
Jack Rudy, Charlie Cartwright, and the crew at Goodtime Charlie’s Tattooland celebrated their 35th anniversary, and the turnout was stellar and a clear indication of their history in the tattoo industry. Supported in conjunction with Sullen Clothing and H20 Ocean Tattoo aftercare, the get together celebrated decades of not only changing up the game but also giving it the foundation by which they’ve built a reputation of excellence and nobility.
Goodtime Charlie’s is the mecca of tattoo parlors, and its figureheads, Jack Rudy and Goodtime Charlie Cartwright, are part of tattoo’s Mount Rushmore. All things considered, those who turned out for this event realize this wholeheartedly, and it was good to see these greats celebrating a monumental occasion not reached by many tattoo artists. Goodtime Charlie’s has seen its fair share of noteworthy artists and apprentices, while the two mainstays have willingly passed on their teachings to that deserved few.
A combination of strengths brings to life what is considered to be one of the greatest tattoo festivals the world has yet to see and Bound By Ink was there to cover every square foot. The show has been considered by many to be a portal where art is united with the artists, while doubling as a meeting point that brings with it the most creative international minds. It’s a lesson to the novice as well as the experienced, and for the heavily seasoned industry vets, it’s a networking affair alive with good spirits, great art, and a good sign of things to come. The festival, which is backed by the beautiful backdrop of Milan, Italy, continues to display the best body art from just about every discipline and style. If you haven’t been, be sure to mark it in your calendars as a “must attend.” Enjoy the pictures and we’ll see you next year!