Australian Tattoo Expo

Things to do, Expos and conventions Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre , South Wharf Friday November 30 2018 - Sunday December 2 2018
Australian Tattoo Expo
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[Sponsored] Wear your ink with pride at the Melbourne leg of the Australian Tattoo Expo

Melbourne loves its tattoos. Heck, there are some parts of this city where we swear you can’t walk down the street without seeing a sleeve or two. If you’re one of the thousands of inked Melburnians (or you're thinking about taking the plunge), check out the Australian Tattoo Expo when it rolls into town from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2.

For three days the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will be hosting more than 300 tattoo artists from Australia and across the world. Look out for international stars from as far and wide as Singapore, Russia, Germany, Korea and the USA. You can also expect local tattoo stars like Bridget Tunstall from Perth's Leviathan Tattoo Gallery, who specialises in realistic art; or Melbourne's own Steve Chater from Fox and Moon Tattoo, who's a self-prescribed animation fanatic. 

If you’re all about filling in every square inch of your skin you’ll even get some spontaneous ink at the expo. The full line-up of artists is available online now with the whole scope of tattoo genres covered: traditional, neo-traditional, realism, black and grey, dotwork, linework, Japanese, new school, tribal, script, watercolour and even cosmetic tattooing.

If you're after some inspiration for your next piece, check out the finals of the Tattoo Series and watch artists compete to win a $10,000 in prize money. These finalists are the best in the business, so who knows, maybe you'll be inspired to get your next piece from one of the pros!

As well as getting info on the latest tattoo trends (minimalist styles still seem to be going strong) there will be demonstrations of what not to do at the Shittest Tattoo competition. Because if you’ve got a bad tattoo that you regret you might as well try to win something with it, right?

Don't miss this year's aerial and pyrotechnic entertainment courtesy of the UK's Fuel Girls in their final Australian appearance. The expo will also host the finals of the Sullen Angels competition where inked ladies will model Sullen Streetwear clothing and show off their best tatts. Entries for the Melbourne heat are still open so if you fancy yourself as a tattoo model this is your time to shine. 

Finally, the 2018 Australian Tattoo Expo is partnering with Survivor's Ink, a charity organisation who will be coming to Melbourne for the first time to provide breast cancer survivors with free realistic cosmetic tattooing to help with their healing process. 

Tickets are on sale now and going fast – purchase yours or find more info on the Australian Tattoo Expo website.

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Venue name: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Address: 1 Convention Centre Pl
South Wharf
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders Street; Southern Cross
Price: $10-$70
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