Paris Tattoo Convention 2014
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 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’.
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.
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 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 …
Check Tattoodo's article on Mikael de Poissy.
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 (USA).
Yushi Takei (Japan) did some great traditional backpieces.
Team members of the Yugen Tattoo Shop (Netherlands) wore custom shirts.
The client of old-school artist Valerie Vargas (UK) could do some sunbathing while being inked.
The tattoos of Tofi Torfinski (Poland) mix horror and surrealism.
The Polynesian booth of Thierry (France) catched the eye.
Father and tattooer, Sailor Bit (Switzerland) attracted journalists.
The work of Sadhu le Serbe (France) is impressive.
Phatt German (UK) working in a pretty customer.
Paul Dobleman of Spider Murphys (USA).
Fan of Horror realistic tattoos ? Nicko Metal Ink (Switzerland) is your man.
Nick Bertioli (Canada) and his hand tattoo.
The photogenic Nathan Kostechko (USA).
French artist Mikki Bold working on a white ink tattoo.
Impressive Tibetan skull backpiece by Marnie (Switzerland).
Joey of Ink Fever (France) is preparing some flash.
A glimpse at the crowd behind Joey Ortega (USA).
Very nice work in progress by Jacob Redmond (USA).
The work of India Amara (Canada) is very feminine.
Horishin Nobu (Japan) drawing on the back of his customer.
Horiken Syodai (Japan).
Don't mess with Henning !
Close-up on a neck tattoo by Genziana (Italy).
American black and grey artist Fonzy.
Fat Manu (France).
Dimitri HK (France) goofying around ...
Clod the Ripper (Italy) : apparently, we have an Uncle Jack in common ...
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.
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.