Unlucky 13 - The International London Tattoo Convention 2017
Today the 13th edition of the International London Tattoo Convention begins and it's the first I've missed since 2008. Held once again at the Tobacco Docks and boasting over 400 international artists as well as live acts like the Fuel Girls and artists like Cam Rackam. Each year it's touted as bigger and better than ever, and that's likely apart from one exception. The crew from Deer's Eye Studio in LA won't be in attendance.
If I'm honest as much as I like the atmosphere, the entertainment, the food and booze, really the reason I keep going is to see the guys.
In previous years I've had the honour of meeting some of the World's greatest artists, including legends like Jack Rudy who will be in attendance and I believe tattooing this weekend. A small part of me does wish I was going but not enough to do anything about it. This weekend I have plans which I would have gotten out of had they travelled but for whatever reason the show must go on without them. And without me.
For anyone who hasn't been but is interested in tattoos, sexy alt ladies and things most would consider bizarre, you really should go. If you're lucky you'll find yourself a good studio or artist and even get some work done. The very least you can do is get buzzed (drunk not inked) and enjoy the spectacle. If you are going don't forget to enjoy the Sailor Jerry stalls and stop by the Pin-Up Lounge.