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The Buzz at this Year's Shanghai International Art Festival of Tattoos

Flashback: tattoo fans and people of the trade came together for one exciting weekend of inking displays held in the largest city in China.

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The Shanghai International Art Festival of Tattoos was more than just one big party and a tattoo show. It was the tattoo festival of the year as the bustling city was made even more hectic in the course of one weekend, from April 22nd to the 24th, early this year.

Not a far cry from last year's week-long Shanghai Tattoo Festival which took place in October and attended by names like Paul Booth and Jay Freestyle, the Shanghai International Art Festival of Tattoos held its own with its on-the-spot tattoo segments, catwalks, and hundreds of tattoo enthusiasts showing off the splendid works done on them.

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‘It's nice to come back and see this festival getting even bigger, and perhaps find someone interesting who could be my next tattooist,’ Sun, a 30-year-old photographer and tattoo enthusiast, told Global Times.

An estimated 4,000 goers showed up that weekend to the festival to get inked and see what's good. In the coming years, attendee numbers are expected to rise as more and more tattooers have been popping out of the country.

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Exhibits and sessions weren't all there was to the The Shanghai International Art Festival of Tattoos because the main organizer, The China Association of Tattoo Artists, also offered tutorials to aspiring tattoo artists and apprentices in the event free of charge and invited over foreign tattoo artists to show them the ropes.

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G-strings were in, too! This must be some of the few times men can get away with these tight little undergarments and parade them around without getting harassed on whether they're under the influence and if they're alright. 

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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