Tattoo Legends and Major Talent – Bay Area Tattoo Convention Does it Again

If you were lucky you spent last weekend at the Bay Area Tattoo Convention marveling at the unbelievable amount of tattoo talent contained in a single room. If you were really lucky you are still healing and recovering from getting tattooed by some of the most talented tattoo artists in the country/world. And if you are like me, you went home feeling like you got to participate in a well run, perfectly planned, and thoroughly excellent tattoo convention and now it’s time to flip through your phone and look at all the pictures you took and count up your fancy business cards and stickers (I got 17).

 

The conference featured a tremendous amount of serious artists hard at work on equally serious collectors, (be sure to check out Horitomo State of Grace and BATC Instagrams for tons of great pics). I checked in on Friday night just after the doors had opened and it was already filled with collectors, fans and artists – many of whom were already hard at work. The floor was well organized and intimate enough that you could cruise around and take a close look at all the excellent flash, portfolios, books and other tattoo related goodies. The vibe was friendly, welcoming, and professional. There were so many prominent artists in the hall it was hard not to stare and be a general pest (I was maybe 74% successful) and the overall sense of community was evident. Sure I could drone on (and on) about what a great convention the BATC is, how friendly and helpful Taki is, and how much I enjoyed myself – but I have to go organize my sticker collection, so instead here a few snapshots. See you next year BATC – well done!

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(center) Miki Vialetto (right) Taki – 2 guys who know a thing or two about organizing tattoo conventions

 

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legend much? Don Ed Hardy and Kari Barba

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Don Ed Hardy showing a fan his tattoos

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TTTism Booth – proud major sponsor of BATC

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Russ Abbott killing it. Or maybe killing that guy. Good way to go.

 

 

 

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Shige making his only US appearance. And no that guy is not flipping me off – he is checking his phone…I think…

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Jeff Gogue making magic. If you could speech bubble those guys what would they be saying? “I’ve died and gone to tattoo heaven?” Ooo that’s terrible – post something better in the comments.

Make sure you follow the Bay Area Tattoo Convention on Instagram to see more great pictures from this year’s convention and so you will know when next years conference will be – you won’t want to miss it!

 

A big thank you once again to Taki and Roman for putting on such a great show.

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