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In one of the booths was a charity called TIT 4 TAT, this Is a charily set up to help women who have had breast cancer and the aftermath of such a terrible disease. The TIT 4 TAT team were raising money to buy the Victoria Breast unit at Oldham hospital a tattoo machine of their own so that anyone having to go through traumatic breast reconstructive surgery can have the areola tattooed after surgery.

Ihis procedure is already taking place at the North Manchester General Hospital where currently, Oldham patients are referred.

This is a great cause and any money over the cost of a tattoo machine wil! go directly to the hospital to hetp with other needy equipment.

With the tireless help of the volunteers over the weekend and the subsequent auction of donated paintings and artwork by the working tattooists, the charity raised over £400. A big thanks to all who dug deep at the show.

*v- '. •' chance to sit back and look at the work from a distance.

As the day wore on, the half pipe skate ramp picked up a pace with some . ■ good demonstrations of aerobatics by the

The compare Johnny Dee did his best to keep the crowd entertained with his unique sense of humour and mad-cap ■ ^ .stage acts but I did hear a few complaints that he was starting to annoy some of the working artists. It must be difficult to get the balance between keeping folk happy wliilst they grab a beer or something to eat, but at the same time not to get too loud as to put off the tattooists, I certainly would not like that job. There did seem to be a lack of entertainment other than Mr Dee. Previous years there have been pole dancers, burlesque girls, Japanese Drummers and suspensions but this year the emphasis seemed more on the tattooists themselves, which is by no means a bad thing but it is always that old chestnut of keeping those not getting tattooed amused. There was an impromptu duo who did a 'bit of a turn' on the Sunday, who I enjoyed quite a lot. Sadly you will never keep everyone entertained all the time but I didn't hear anyone complain about the lack of things to do.

During both Saturday and Sunday the large venue filled up to a point where it was busy and all the aisles, seating and

the Three bars were in use but, not to the point where you had to shuffle and rub shoulders with, folk all the time. It was crowded but to a nice degree if that makes sense?

We iiad a very steady stream of tattoos to photograph over the weekend and I must say that the Manchester show always holds its own when it comes to quality tattoos to point my camera at. 1 don't know why but we always get some incredible Tattoos to take pictures of here and I struggle to find room in the allotted pages to showcase them all. I could pretty much run an entire magazine just on the Manchester Tattoo Show's tattoos alone, such is the quality of work brought to the show.

As well and the top-notch tattooist line-up one American artist; KG from 264 Customs in Hollywood brought his good friend Ritchie The Barber along and he spent the entire weekend shaving the public with either a pair of clippers or with his weapon of choice: a deadly looking cutthroat razor.

The whole

I could pretty much run an entire magazine just on the Manchester Tattoo Show's tattoos alone, such is the quality of work brought to the show.

weekend had a really nice and laidback vibe about it, there were plenty of top quality tattooists to get work by or just to stop by their bootlis to see whaT was Taking shape, the Trade stands were plentiful giving Those the chance to shop also.

In a small outside section of the venue some Graffiti artists were working on what turned out to be some very nice designs. The intricacy of some of The work was astounding considering the paint came direct from cans, if I hadn't watched them myself I'd have said one of the O

Rose Price @ Golden Dragon,

Chester

2nd .. Jen, Artist,. Paul Saunders @ Voodoo Tattoo, Warrington

2nd ..Ttoy. Artist.. Tom Sugar @ Alan's tattoo, Moreton

1st.. Charlotte, Artist.. Billy Hay @ Custom Ink, Scotland 2nd.. Zoe, Artist.. Sweet Larraine @ Elemental Tattoo, Texas

1st.. Jamer, Artist.. G Mavridis @ Tattooligans, Greece

2nd Billy, Artist.. Carlos Lopez @ 101 Tattoo, USA

1st.. Bee, Artist.. Tom Sugar @ Alan's tattoos, Moreton 2nd .. Renol, Artist G Mavridis @ Tattooligans, Greece

1st.. Live, Artist.. G Mavridis @ Tattooligans, Greeoe 2nd .. Staylor, Artist.. Sake @ Sake Tattoo, Greece

1st.. Eddie, Artist.. Aivors Leipa @ Alan's Tattoos, Moreton

2nd .. Adam, Artist.. Paul Owen @ Naughty needles

1st.. Kylie, ArtistScott Mustapic @ Ink Vs Steel, Leeds

1st.. Louise, Artist.. Matt ® Bolton tatshop 2nd .. Ankela, Artist.. Gavin @ 72tattoo

1st.. Fred, Artist.. Tommy @ No Regrets, Cheltenham 2nd.. Martin, Artist.. Joe Myier @ JMD's, Waterford

1st.. Emma, Artist.. Bob Holye @ Garghoyle, Eland 2nd .. Hayley, Artist.. Sista Sammy @ Fallen Angel, Liverpool

1st.. Peder Aspelin.,Artist,. Noi Siamese @ 1969 Tattoo 2nd .. Graham, Artist., Mark the Shark @ 13 Ink Tattoo, Liverpool

Livez, Artist.. G Mavridis @ Tattooligans, Greece

Rena, Artist.. G Mavridis @ Tattooligans, Greece

This year was most defiantly the best one yet held in the Manchester Central.

pieces was done with an airbrush, such was the smoothness of the work.

Before I knew it, it was time for the prize giving and awards ceremony.

With the grateful recipients of said awards going home with a unique hand made glass trophy, the crowds started to disperse and the tattooists had a well deserved stretch rubbed their tired eyes and the traders started to break down their stalls after what was again another very successful Manchester International Tattoo Show.

This year was most defiantly the best one yet held in the Manchester Central and many 1 spoke to said it captured the feeling of the days when the show was held back in the Piccadilly hotel. Now that is a result and is testament to Jorge and all his staff's hard work and determination to get the balance just right for everybody.

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