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Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival

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  1. A man wearing headphones tattoos a person's leg.
    Photograph: Supplied/Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival
  2. A person takes a photo on an iPhone of a colourful heart tattoo.
    Photograph: Supplied/Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival
  3. A person with a tattoo of Angelina Jolie on their arm holds out a business card with the number 12 on it,
    Photograph: Supplied/Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival

Time Out says

Australia’s most prestigious tattoo event returns to Melbourne

It doesn’t matter whether you’re inked head to toe or a cleanskin who’s contemplating their very first tattoo, the Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival welcomes all.

This three-day bonanza of body art kicks off on April 26 at the Royal Exhibition Building and will feature more than 400 of the world’s best tattoo artists. When you’re not getting inked there will be a huge line-up of events to check out, including artists tattooing live, seminars and tattoo competitions.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to discover new trends, meet your favourite artists and plan your future tatts. There will also be a bunch of giveaways and prizes to be won across the weekend, plus plenty of retail vendors selling tattoo-related gear. And that’s not all – you can enjoy live music acts and feast on tasty treats from a wide variety of food trucks.

So come and experience the unity of the tattoo industry, and celebrate diversity and culture through body art. To purchase your ticket, head here.

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Adena Maier
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Adena Maier


from $24-$79
Opening hours:
Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm
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