Australian Tattoo Expo

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Australian Tattoo Expo
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More than 300 tattoo artists descend on Darling Harbour for the three-day expo

Meet some of the industry’s most talented artists, take a look at different tattoo trends and techniques and make an appointment to get inked at the three-day Australian Tattoo Expo.

This year’s event takes place at the ICC in Darling Harbour where 315 tattoo artists from across the world will be showcasing their styles and specialties, including James Strickland from the US and Melbourne's Elric Gordon. It’s a family-friendly expo with retailers selling merchandise and gifts.

There’s entertainment in the form of aerial performances and fire breathing acts with Chasing Ghosts frontman Jimmy Kyle taking on hosting duties for the weekend. There'll also be a chance to finally gain some validation for your biggest inked regret with the Sh!ttest Tattoo competition taking place on Sunday. 

There will also be a special event hosted by Heath Gay, tattoo artist and leading force of the Bekind Project. Bekind works to combat the negative images that tattoos have within society while also fighting to end homelessness. One hundred per cent of the profits from Gay's project go to Two Good, a charity organisation that provides meals for those in need. 

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