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18th & 19 th September 2010

10am till late, Saturday & Sunday

Over 60 Artists All day bar and food

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This years judge

Dan Gold

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For more info and tickets please visit

www.coventryink.com

[email protected] 02476 361035

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This year Ouch Tattoo's finest will be at Skin Deeps Tattoo Jam! For more information and bookings check out...

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■ inky fun and frolics, *A1 spoke to me at some length and enthused about the friendliness and

■ warm, welcome extended to not only him but also ■ everyone that came tliibugh the doors. Such was his enthusiasm and the slight change of dates this year; it allowed me to go to the second Bournemouth tattoo convention. I am so glad I did... The Skin Deep towers is a good stone's throw away from the South coast but after a hefty multi-homed drive via Folkestone (Okay, I know, it's in the opposite direction, but I had work to do there), we finally arrived at the hotel and grabbed a well-earned drink. Bournemouth seems to have clianged quite a bit since I was last there. It appears to have become a Mecca for the stag and hen party brigade and, as such, it was hard to find a bar or pub that didn't have a bunch of rowdy revellers doing what they do best on stag/hen nights - drinking heavily.

Luckily, the organisers had thought of this and pointed us in the direction of a quieter bar where many of the artists had congregated prior to the weekend's work.

After the inaugural show, the organisers took the decision to move the show to a bigger and brighter venue - tire Bournemouth International Centre seemed perfect for the job of housing close to one hundred and thirty artists and vendor stalls. This sounds like a lot, but there was still plenty of room to meander amongst the tattooists, such was the layout. Traders were in a separate area, many facing the main stage where the burlesque and live music was due to take place over the weekend.

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Luckily, the organisers had thought of this ' and pointed us in the direction'of a quieter bar where many of the artists had congregated prior to the weekend's work.

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to torrential rain on the Saturday morning. Luckily we had all our merchandise in situ before the heavens opened, I did feel sorry for the rather large queue assembled outside, waiting to get in and huddled against the outside of the building being battered by the deluge and howling wind, but it wasn't long and the doors were opened and the somewhat damp and steaming public, - quite literally -poured in.

Once the Skin Deep merchandise stand and the photo booth (very kindly situated next to the SD stand) was erected, I took to my heels to go visit some of the guys and girls who were working this weekend. Directly opposite was©

iKsuplflH wivVLr.Ekindeep.co.uk the one and only Sam Boyce, he of Timeless Ink. This was Sam's local show being spitting distance from his studio in Salisbury. Working with Sam was a young lady by the name of Chantale, freshly landed in the UK having started her tattoo career in Australia and putting out some very nice black and grey tattoos. Chantale is a native Brit and having spent about two and half years tattooing in Sydney, she has recently brought her tattooing talents back to the UK to join forces with Sam.

Whilst talking with some of the other artists, I caught a familiar face in the corner of my eye and took it upon myself to find him and say "Hi". Steve A had a feature in Skin Deep way back in 2005 and I hadn't seen him since then. Not long after the interview, Steve closed his studio and withdrew into the shadows for quite a while and it was a real pleasure to see him out and about again, working from Indelible Ink studio. This quiet and unassuming man has an absolutely incredible talent for both tattoos and drawing and it was a real pleasure to not only speak to him but to see him produce some of his incredible tattoos over the weekend. Steve had also produced some superb canvases that were to be auctioned off at the end of the weekend with all proceeds going to the Help for Heroes charity.

Across from us was the ginger wonder that is Oddboy from Real Art Tattoo in Leicester,

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Steve had also produced some superb canvases that were to be auctioned off at the end of the weekend with all prpceeds going to tfre Help for Heroes charity.

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