Tobacco Dock welcoming the tattooed for a week-end.

London Tattoo Convention 2014

jentheripper in Stories

The London Tattoo Convention is one date to mark in your calendar, either you are a tattoo artist or a tattoo connoisseur. Indeed, it is one of the biggest and most prestigious ink fest of the world, organized by Tattoo Life’s editor in chief Miki Vialetto. For its 10th anniversary, the team behind the event gave us for our money’s worth, with an impressive gathering of tattoo celebrities and some of the most talented artists in the world, inside the gigantic facility of Tobacco Dock. Here the legends are cohabiting with the rising stars.

Jack Rudy, adorable, here posing for me with a lot of humor.

I maybe bring some wisdom here today, he said, but maybe I could also earn some more !

Jack Rudy posing with his legendary bonhomie.
Jack Rudy posing with his legendary bonhomie.

Our very own Ami James is also here, radiant and relaxed, with his team of the Love Hate Social Club, up for an interview for Tattoodo. The cute Megan Massacre shows some love to their fans and it is totally possible to eat next to Darren Brass.

Ami James busy at work, but always free for some fun chat with fans, especially children.
Ami James busy at work, but always free for some fun chat with fans, especially children.
Miss Megan Massacre taking some rest, but never forgetting her smile!
Miss Megan Massacre taking some rest, but never forgetting her smile!

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Attracting fans like honey attracts bees, the realism star Nikko Hurtado took the time to chat with me.

I really enjoy coming to conventions. It is important for me to meet the people who support me and my work. And indeed, it is always a pleasure to feel you are part of the tattoo community, with friends and talented persons. For the week-end, Nikko is booked with some exciting projects, including a Queen Amidala and realistic skull he describes as « lot of fun » !

The impassive and charismatic Nikko Hurtado.
The impassive and charismatic Nikko Hurtado.

For this edition, the realistic style is widely represented, with big names such as Remis, Daniel Martos, Victor Policheri, Boris, Matteo Pasqualin, Alex de Pase, Alexis Vaatete, Sake, Johan Finné, Khan, Mick Squires and Carlos Torres.

The Chicano style is also going big with Jun Cha, Macko, Steve Soto, Chuey Quintanar, Chuco Moreno and Norm, while the fans of Asia were delighted to see the masters Shige, Filip Leu, Sabine Gaffron, Mike Rubendall, Henning Jorgensen, Chris Crooks, Jeff Gogué and Horikitsune, among others.

Master Shige at work.
Master Shige at work.
Mike Rubendall working on an Hannya mask.
Mike Rubendall working on an Hannya mask.

We can also quote horror buff Paul Booth, the team of the Seven Doors Tattoo Shop including Jondix, French artist Tin-Tin, graphic talent Bugs, old school Davide Andreoli and Miss Ariana, and also dorwork geometricians Dilon Forte and Thomas Hooper.

Some of the artists interviewed by Tattoodo were indeed here : Maud Dardeau, Csaba Müllner, Xoil, Ivana Belakova, Dimitri HK, Clod The Ripper and Nick Chaboya.

The ink lovers were at the rendez-vous, and the crowd was dense and enthusiast. The finest outfits have been brought out to show off the finest tattoos and the photographers’ flashes gave rhythm to the intense week-end. Beautiful souls under beautiful skin art : the ambiance is warm and friendly and all the tattoo lovers vibrate in unison.

Tobacco Dock welcoming the tattooed for a week-end.
Tobacco Dock welcoming the tattooed for a week-end.

Add to that music and sexy shows, with the stunning Fuel Girls and the fascinating Cervena Fox : the program includes good rock, fire-eaters hot like Hell, strippers and sexy acrobats, plus a pin-up competition judged by the leggy Sabina Kelley. A real delight for all eyes, for all ages. Can’t wait for next year ! ;)

The gorgeous Cervena Fox in her Queen of the Damned show's costume.
The gorgeous Cervena Fox in her Queen of the Damned show's costume.
Sexy Best Ink judge Sabina Kelley.
Sexy Best Ink judge Sabina Kelley.
Luke Wessman and Ross Nagle greeted their fans.
Luke Wessman and Ross Nagle greeted their fans.
Black and Grey artist and NY Ink star Tommy Montoya.
Black and Grey artist and NY Ink star Tommy Montoya.
The smooth eyes of the smiley Tim Hendricks.
The smooth eyes of the smiley Tim Hendricks.
Ink Master's judge Oliver Peck used a dosed mix of joke and concentration for his old school tattoos.
Ink Master's judge Oliver Peck used a dosed mix of joke and concentration for his old school tattoos.
It is always a pleasure to see Dan Smith.
It is always a pleasure to see Dan Smith.
Famous tattooed actor Robert LaSardo (CSI: Miami, Leon, Nip/Tuck, Bones, among other roles) is looking scary but actually really nice!
Famous tattooed actor Robert LaSardo (CSI: Miami, Leon, Nip/Tuck, Bones, among other roles) is looking scary but actually really nice!
Graphic artist Xoil is carrying out the show topless.
Graphic artist Xoil is carrying out the show topless.
Realism and biomech master Roman Abrego.
Realism and biomech master Roman Abrego.
The lovely Rose Hardy doing some sleeve filler.
The lovely Rose Hardy doing some sleeve filler.
Black and grey realistic tiger for Rob Richardson.
Black and grey realistic tiger for Rob Richardson.
The odd and great work of Pietro Sedda.
The odd and great work of Pietro Sedda.
European Traditional artist Mikaël de Poissy hurts with the smile...
European Traditional artist Mikaël de Poissy hurts with the smile...
Marco Galdo won the 2nd prize of Ornamental tattoos with this piece and the 1st one with a sexy backpiece.
Marco Galdo won the 2nd prize of Ornamental tattoos with this piece and the 1st one with a sexy backpiece.
Cool Medusa by Jak Connoly!
Cool Medusa by Jak Connoly!
French Japanese master Henrik Grysbjerg did a gorgeous half sleeve.
French Japanese master Henrik Grysbjerg did a gorgeous half sleeve.
Another realistic tattoo for David Corden this week-end.
Another realistic tattoo for David Corden this week-end.
Belgian artist Dan Di Mattia doing dotwork art.
Belgian artist Dan Di Mattia doing dotwork art.
Cute little animals for Aimée Cornwell.
Cute little animals for Aimée Cornwell.
Native girl and green witch for Crispy Lennox.
Native girl and green witch for Crispy Lennox.
Rad dagger by Antony Flemming!
Rad dagger by Antony Flemming!
Neo traditional artist Adriaan Machete.
Neo traditional artist Adriaan Machete.
Tim Kern and his tattooed client.
Tim Kern and his tattooed client.
Happy pinups, ready for the show!
Happy pinups, ready for the show!
There's no age for tattoos!
There's no age for tattoos!
Street art was also representated.
Street art was also representated.
Good times on the sunny docks!
Good times on the sunny docks!
Breath-taking fire-eater of the Fuel Girls company... Wow!
Breath-taking fire-eater of the Fuel Girls company... Wow!
The legendary Duncan X of Into You Tattoo Shop in London. The place is rad, have you ever visited it?
The legendary Duncan X of Into You Tattoo Shop in London. The place is rad, have you ever visited it?
Zombie cupcake tattoo for this cute girl.
Zombie cupcake tattoo for this cute girl.
The band Broken Chords gave some rock'n'roll vibes.
The band Broken Chords gave some rock'n'roll vibes.
Mingling, yes, but with a beer of course!
Mingling, yes, but with a beer of course!

Credits: photos of the artists and convention by JenTheRipper for Tattoodo. Photos of the finished tattoos by the artists. A great thank you to the LTC's team, especially Miki Vialetto, Annick and Roland, and to the Love Hate Social Club's team.

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@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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