My coverage and photos from the Baltimore Tattoo Convention 2014
This was my third year of covering the Baltimore Tattoo Convention,
yet the charm has yet to wear off on Charm City’s colorful display. A
celebration of all things body art, it always remains str-ink-ingly
communal in its spirit. Tattoos have long moved past the “freak factor”
to make an indelible mark on the mainstream and become a very public,
yet intensely personal form of self-expression. It’s art on a mobile
canvass. The artists who create them and the people who commission them
come from all walks of life and have an equally broad array of reasons
for getting them.
Tattoo conventions are truly communal and inclusive. They present
opportunities for people to show support for their favorite artists by
getting tattooed there or entering competitions. For others, it’s a
chance to meet and see the work of artists they would otherwise not be
able to know about.
I had a chance to chat with James Haun of Fatty’s Custom Tattooz,
whose area was honorably dubbed the “one stop metal shop,” for creating
the most metal of tattoos known to man and for being in a ridiculously
good black metal band appropriately named The Oracle (and playing with Corrosion of Conformity tonight!).
This year, James did a Most Metal Tattoo Contest 2.0, asking for
submissions on Facebook for “most metal tattoos” and picking a winner
who received a free tattoo at the convention. The winner was Nancy
Dove-Smith, a long-time James supporter, who wanted a “bleeding goat’s
head, chopped off, tongue hanging out, eyes rolled back in its head with
deer antlers with raw skin/meat hanging off the points, impaled on an
and upside down cross.” James, ever so magnanimous, decided to give the
goat not only deer antlers but goat horns as well. The Dark Lord was
pleased with this offering.