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Tattoo convention draws ink aficionados

The Local · 6 Dec 2010, 17:20

Published: 06 Dec 2010 17:20 GMT+01:00

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The German capital's decommissioned Templehof Airport welcomed tattoo artists, industry people, fans and freaks to the body art gathering, which is one of the largest in Europe.

Those brave enough to get inked at the convention itself could take their pick from a huge variety of styles and artists, with some employing unconventional methods such as “Viking style” tattooing, using two wooden sticks hit together to draw patterns with a needle rather than electricity.

Click here for a photo gallery of the tattoo convention.

Besides live rock music, the convention offered traditional belly dancing, tattoo seminars, and several tattoo competitions.

Guests included “Lucky Rich Diamond”, the world’s most tattooed man, who had his entire body tattooed with a layer of blue ink in order to be able to begin tattooing over this “new skin” with white pigments and fresh designs.

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"It's crazy, it's like I have a fresh canvas now" he said. "I mean really, it's just a bit of fun, isn't it?"

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Your comments about this article

10:09 December 7, 2010 by Landmine
what a shame beautiful women like the one in the picture want to stamp themselves all over their body. Such a primitive practice....

Have any of these people ever seen a 70 year old sailor? That is how they will look down the road....
11:11 December 7, 2010 by Zobirdie
That is something I dont get... The girl... period hair, period makeup, period(ish) dress and tattoos. I know it is rockabilly, but when you go to so much effort to have that beautiful 40's-50's vibe, and then are covered in ink.

I dont get it...

And sadly, there is no part of the female body which doesnt sag or stretch with time... and then tats really dont look nice.

One or two discreet ones are cool, but the sleeves and that sort of thing completely mystify me. Combined with retro.. and I do retro very often myself.. it just seems really incongruous. Maybe I am too old fashioned. ;)
14:44 December 7, 2010 by Berkshire Lad
Can't beat a good tattoo. So long as they are not all over your body. One or two look fine, but women that have them head to toe look grotesque.
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