Paris Tattoo Convention 2014

jentheripper in Stories

Resurrected last year, Paris Tattoo Convention, also known as Le Mondial du Tatouage, is already one of the biggest tattoo convention in the world. In 2013, it welcomed many stars of the tattoo world, including Ami James (see the video) and a huge audience.

Consequently, in 2014, the Convention has been relocated in the very heart of Paris, in a gigantic former market building. The impressive structure, made of iron and glass, perfectly allowed the beautiful light of a summer-like weekend. Soon, the queue to buy tickets extended on miles.

Inside, the hard rock and punk rock standards broadcasted by DJ Mike Rock barely drown out the sound of the tattoo machines and the silly jokes of the host, French comedian Antoine Schoumsky. The perfume of incense coming from the booth of Greg Orie from Netherlands mixed with the smell of beer and french fries , and at the Sailor Jerry booth, visitors could relax, have shots, get a new haircut or just show their skills at table football.

Shopping addicts haven’t been forgotten, with an impressive choice of jewels, Japanese masks, clothes, watches, pieces of art, aftercare products, art books and magazines and of course, the Mondial souvenir t-shirts. The professional tattooers could also pick their machines and inks.

The crowd was made of children and grandparents, teenage punks and rappers, fancy women in Chanel and old bikers, most of them tattooed and proud, but also some tattoo virgins and newcomers who wondered who Kat Von D could be, which is somehow refreshing …

It allowed them to discover the 300 tattoo artists from the four corners of the earth who have made the trip and no need to say that the central exhibition of photos and art has been really ignored.

The rock stars were easy to spot thanks to the traffic jams they were causing. Among them, some good friends of Tattoodo : Henning Jorgensen, Mike Rubendall, Aaron Bell, Boog and Claudia De Sabe.

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Mike Rubendall
Mike Rubendall

Mike at work.

The organizers, famous French artists Tin-Tin and Piero, were always on the go, followed by dozens of journalists and fans, who escorted them to the stage where the contests took place.

Tin-Tin and our local Dave Navarro, French singer and judge Tété, being interviewed.

One of the attractions this year was of course black and grey master Antonio Macko (Italy) who brought with him a client with an impressive leg tattoo of Michelangelo’s Moses.

Khan, a smiling realistic artist from South Korea,  attracted all the photographers with his witty neck tattoo ‘Hello I am Khan and I do tattoos’.

Khan
Khan

Carlos Torres (USA) took time to chat, relaxed and happy to be in Paris. Visitors wowed at Andy Engel and Guil Zekri, realistic artists from Germany, the beautiful Moni Marino from Austria, Filip Leu from Switzerland, the team of East Tattoos from Taiwan and were really interested by the hand-pocked tattoos of the Borneo Head Hunters from Malaysia, in the corner reserved to the traditional artists.

Filip Leu
Filip Leu

Filip Leu.

Borneo Head Hunters
Borneo Head Hunters
Borneo Head Hunters Close Up
Borneo Head Hunters Close Up

The Borneo Head Hunters.

This year, Hungarian artists have quite stolen the show, especially Csaba Mullner and Szabolcs Oravecs with their dark realistic art, and new school promising talent Jelo.

Jelo Darkart
Jelo Darkart

Jelo from Dark Art.

The Human Fly guys Jee Sayalero and Will Wonka , brought their southern good mood while the seducers were at work, French Mikael de Poissy and Joao Bosco (UK) ahead …

Mikael De Poissy
Mikael De Poissy

Check Tattoodo's article on Mikael de Poissy.

Joao Gosco
Joao Gosco

Joao Gosco.

The girls where also well representated, with the talented and adorable Maud Dardeau from Tin-Tin shop, Miss Ariana (Italy), Jo Harrisson (UK), the lovely Morg from Italy, the shiny Laura Juan (Spain) who has given hard times to photographers with her glitter sweater, and many more.

And if this feast for the eyes was not enough, each evening brought its exclusive concerts of rock bands ( including Skip the Use, Dog eat Dog, Burning Heads and many more) and private parties.

Bill Canales
Bill Canales

Bill Canales (USA).

Yushi Takei
Yushi Takei

Yushi Takei (Japan) did some great traditional backpieces.

Yugen Team
Yugen Team

Team members of the Yugen Tattoo Shop (Netherlands) wore custom shirts.

Valerie Vargas
Valerie Vargas

The client of old-school artist Valerie Vargas (UK) could do some sunbathing while being inked.

Tofi Torfinski
Tofi Torfinski

The tattoos of Tofi Torfinski (Poland) mix horror and surrealism.

The Polynesian booth of Thierry (France) catched the eye.

Sailor Bit Of Ethno Tattoo
Sailor Bit Of Ethno Tattoo

Father and tattooer, Sailor Bit (Switzerland) attracted journalists.

Sadhu Le Serbe
Sadhu Le Serbe

The work of Sadhu le Serbe (France) is impressive.

Phatt German
Phatt German

Phatt German (UK) working in a pretty customer.

Paul Dobleman
Paul Dobleman

Paul Dobleman of Spider Murphys (USA).

Nicko Metal Ink
Nicko Metal Ink

Fan of Horror realistic tattoos ? Nicko Metal Ink (Switzerland) is your man.

Nick Bertioli (Canada) and his hand tattoo.

Nathan Kostechko
Nathan Kostechko

The photogenic Nathan Kostechko (USA).

Mikki Bold
Mikki Bold

French artist Mikki Bold working on a white ink tattoo.

Marnie
Marnie

Impressive Tibetan skull backpiece by Marnie (Switzerland).

Joey Of Ink Fever
Joey Of Ink Fever

Joey of Ink Fever (France) is preparing some flash.

Jeff Ortega
Jeff Ortega

A glimpse at the crowd behind Joey Ortega (USA).

Jacob Redmond
Jacob Redmond

Very nice work in progress by Jacob Redmond (USA).

India Amara
India Amara

The work of India Amara (Canada) is very feminine.

Horishin Nobu
Horishin Nobu

Horishin Nobu (Japan) drawing on the back of his customer.

Horiken Syodai
Horiken Syodai

Horiken Syodai (Japan).

Henning Jorgensen
Henning Jorgensen

Don't mess with Henning !

Genziana
Genziana

Close-up on a neck tattoo by Genziana (Italy).

Genziana Booth
Genziana Booth

Genziana's booth.

Fonzy
Fonzy

American black and grey artist Fonzy.

Fat Manu
Fat Manu

Fat Manu (France).

Tattoodo
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Dimitri HK (France) goofying around ...

Danny Boy of the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum.
Danny Boy of the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum.
Having some gentle time with Dan Sinnes (Luxembourg).
Having some gentle time with Dan Sinnes (Luxembourg).
Tattoodo
From Tattoodo App

Clod the Ripper (Italy) : apparently, we have an Uncle Jack in common ...

Claudia De Sabe (UK).
Claudia De Sabe (UK).
Capex (Italy) showing his tattoos.
Capex (Italy) showing his tattoos.
The lettering master Boog !
The lettering master Boog !
Bartek Kos (Poland) and a new school shark.
Bartek Kos (Poland) and a new school shark.
Anderson Luna (USA) is one artist to Watch.
Anderson Luna (USA) is one artist to Watch.
A Customer of Vatea (France).
A Customer of Vatea (France).
Sugar skulls.
Sugar skulls.
Visitors could buy artists work to support the Sea Sheperd Conservation Society.
Visitors could buy artists work to support the Sea Sheperd Conservation Society.
A lovely pin-up.
A lovely pin-up.
The client of Nathan Kostechko has got some nice tats.
The client of Nathan Kostechko has got some nice tats.
Schoumsky interviewing a tattooed lady.
Schoumsky interviewing a tattooed lady.
A Customer of Hori Hui (Taiwan) showing an impressive backpiece.
A Customer of Hori Hui (Taiwan) showing an impressive backpiece.
Greg Orie Client
Greg Orie Client

Tattoo conventions are the only public places where it is legit to hang out in underpants and fundoshi ! Here a Customer of Greg Orie showing his body suit.

Brilliant ladies ...
Brilliant ladies ...
Amazing backpiece by El Patman (France).
Amazing backpiece by El Patman (France).
Work in progress by Eilo (Canada).
Work in progress by Eilo (Canada).
Two arms make a cupcake ...
Two arms make a cupcake ...

I have had really great times with lovely Nick Chaboya and his wife, the comic duo Steve Moore and James Tex, a very busy yet friendly Jondix and of course my guides Henning and Richard Pinch. By the way, the latter suggested to do a sexy tattooed guys calendar : he chooses may and Nick Chaboya december, who else is volunteer ??? ;)

I interviewed many of the artists at the convention, so keep watching the Tattoodo blog to get introduced to them ! I will also had more pictures on my Facebook Page.

jentheripper

@JenTheRipper

Writer for art related medias. Fell in love with tattoo while researching for another passion, crime history. Travelling, admiring, sharing.

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