Australian Tattoo Expo Melbourne

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Australian Tattoo Expo Melbourne
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Wear your ink with pride at the Melbourne leg of the Australian Tattoo Expo

[Sponsored] 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 – or at least a stick-and-poke home job. 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 on December 1-3.

For three days the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will be hosting more ink than an octopus convention as more than 300 tattoo artists from Australia and across the world descend on the building. Look out for international stars like New Zealand’s hyperrealistic tattoo artist Ben Kaye and the stylised work of Spain’s Deborah Cherrys. Melbourne local Matt Curzon will be there with his neo-traditional style of ink, as will black and grey tattoo artist Chris Showstopper.

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. Plus it’s hosted by Pauly of Fat Pizza and Housos fame so at least you’ll get a laugh out of it.

Aerial and pyrotechnic entertainment is courtesy of the Fuel Girls in their first Victorian appearance. The expo will also host the Girls of Ink Melbourne heat and National Final – think Miss Universe if Miss Universe had tats. Entries for the Melbourne heat are still open so if you fancy yourself as a tattoo model this is your time to shine. If vintage tattoo style is more your thing then check out the Australian Pin Up Pageant.

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.

The expo highlight is the final round of the 2017 Australian Tattoo Series. Rock up on the Sunday to see who will be crowned the winner and take home $10,000 in prize money.

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

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