It's been a while since Northern Ireland held its last show and having attended most of them, I knew I was in for a treat, I contacted the boss [Neil obviously!] and he gave me the painful and enduring task of allowing me to fly over with the ever entertaining and no holds barred Ryan air. Anyone having had the experience using this airline will know what I am talking about. I'm pretty certain that this is the airline they actually teach Pilots to ily on as judging by their take offs and landing's; I always make a point of having a glance out of the adjacent window to my seat just to check that the plane is intact before exiting. We grabbed a Taxi and headed on our 20 minute journey to the Venue and our accommodation, which was the Tower Hotel right in the heart of Derry. It was gorgeous and I mean gorgeous! Having checked ourselves in we wandered out and into the old walled city stopping at a few pubs en route to meet up with one of the organisers; Zac Deeney in his studio Skinart Tattoos. We had the craic with him and the hilarious China Coyle who owns Ringinmathmg body piercing studio and co organiser; Gary MC Nutt...
We certainly made the afternoon of it and chatted loads about the weekend ahead. "This convention and new ideas were being inked on the young and elderly punters, Sharron Cooper had a particularly
We certainly made the afternoon of it and chatted loads about the weekend ahead. "This convention came about by Zac and his mates attending other shows and seeing that the old way a convention was run, and how every artist at the end of the show met up and talked shop, making new friends and maybe had a few beers or two. The Maiden City Tattoo Show was supported with artists from
Ireland, Scotland & England with over 1000 people attending over the 2 days. There were some outstanding Artists working this year, a few totally new to me, the one ml_. ™ . - _ who stood out most
This convention came of ^ was Herais from Remis Tattoo in Dublin, one of the best portrait artists I have ever witnessed tattooing. So good I booked in with him to have a portrait of my girlfriend Donna done on my right calf and it is Amazing! Thank you!
Again, a huge variety of styles about by Zac and his mates attending other shows and seeing that the old way a convention was run, and how every artist at the end of the show met up and talked shop, making new friends and maybe had a few beers or two and new ideas were being inked on the young and elderly punters, Sharron Cooper had a particularly
Every artist at the show was booked solid, which left me Lno alternative but to go and have a drink and listen to some of China's L W hilarious stories cool 'sugar skull' tattoo on her right foot by Adam from Northern Soul Tattoos. Another beauty was NataLie Lockhart's Lady Vampire done by Scooby. Trev from Trev's House of Tattoos in Scotland spent the whole two days tattooing the most amazing coloured Japanese mask on the very brave Gerald Mclaughlan's head, again one of the most amazing pieces I've seen done at. a Tattoo Convention.
After walking and watching all of the Artists working around the show and snapping away with my camera, seeing the different stages of each tattoo as I
Best Tribal- Celtic-Polynesian:
Owen Gassisdy by Dirt @ Tribal Markings
Best Old School: Angela Miller by Badger
@ Cusick Tattoos Belfast
Best Sleeve: Bill Devenny tattooed by
Keith Nell ins
Best Japanese: Gerald by Trev @ T rev's House of Tattoos
Best in Show: Neil Duddy by Remis @ Remis Tattoo Dublin
Black and Grey: Gary tattooed by Remis @ Remis Tattoo Dublin Best leg: Bill tattooed by Keith Nellins Best colour: Gerald by Trev @ Tiev's house of tattoos
Craziest Tattoo: Gerald by Trev @ Trev's house of tattoos
Most realistic: Neil Duddy by Remis @ Remis Tattoo Dubiiti continually wandered around the room it had its usual effect on me and everyone else and that was the desire to go get a tattoo!
Every artist at the show was booked solid, which left me no alternative but to go and have a drink and listen to some of China's hilarious stories and spend the rest of the evening listening to some of Derry's young talent showing off their hardcore metal musical talents and shaking the hotel foundations. A brilliant weekend, an amazing show; 1 wanna go back!
This years convention will be held 17th &18th July 2010 at the Everglades hotel Prehen Road, with over 30 artists from Ireland, Scotland, England, Italy and USA. Sure to be the best of ink and all the atmosphere you can handle, oh and maybe a joke or two from China with the best Irish beer thrown in for another cracking weekend.
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