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Probably my favourite piece of the day was a wonderful and incredibly vibrant Mad Hatter leg piece inked by Julie Clarke, another local artist.

As with all good things, the hours flew by and it was time for the winners to be announced as the judging was completed.

trying the delicious the spit roast barbecue, which was set up near to the lake, offering an ideal picnic area for those taking a break from the main show. Also in the grounds was a brilliant and colourful display of spray can art by the incredibly talented, brayeone.co.uk, which, aside from haying its own artistic merits, provided another impressive backdrop for photographs.

As with all good things, the hours flew by and it was time for the winners to be announced as the judging was completed. After all of the worthy recipients claimed their awards, the pace slowed down and the crowds thinned out until only the most stalwart revellers were left, most of whom retired to the bar for a last drink before hitting the road. Nowadays there are countless tattoo conventions scattered around the country with numbers still rising, some good some bad, but few offering an experience as different as was achieved at the first ever Essex Tattoo Expo. The organisers and their helpers are to be applauded in the creation of a tattoo convention, which stood out from the majority of others I have attended. Much of this success was due to extensive research, good planning, effective promotion and impressive interpersonal skills. Having spoken to Marc and Tanya subsequent to the event, I am certain that their wildest expectations were achieved in terms of attendance and the positive feedback, which I am aware, was received.

For more info, check out the various online galleries and blogs and make sure to attend next years event, I know I will. "J^T

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