As you may have already picked up, Tattoodo is a huge fan of the San Diego Tattoo Invitational. This year the event will, yet again, take place at the San Diego Golden Concourse Hall. With over 5,000 people attending and more than 150 high quality tattoo artists sharing their work in one space, the convention promises to be a place to make friends, get some new ink, and enjoy the sunny state of California.
Last year we were fortunate enough to visit with Bill Canales and speak with him about what it takes to put on such an insane production that, truly, spans the globe in its web of artistic connections. Not only did he give us a lot of insight, as you can experience yourself via the video below, but he also made sure to impress on us that this is a real deal family affair.
That’s part of what we love about working with Bill and his team. The San Diego Tattoo Invitational has a friendly, welcoming vibe that is hard to replicate or even describe. When you get a whole diverse crowd that loves tattoos and are really devoted to the craft, and you get them all in one place...it’s like a creative haven for those who are not afraid to fly their freak flags of freedom. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that, and experience it first hand?
As we mentioned, around 150 tattoo artists will be at this event so keep in mind that if your favorite tattooist doesn’t have space for you, there are tons of other artists who can fit you in. Plus, it gives you just another reason to show up next year!
Some of our favorite tattooists who will be joining this years San Diego Tattoo Invitational are Lara Scotton, Derek Noble, Dillon Forte, Justin Weatherholtz, and Jody Dawber. Check out some of our Sessions we shot at last year's fest to get a behind the scenes look at some of the most talented artists out there. You’ll also get a sneak peak of what to expect if you’ve never been to this event! Even those who aren’t looking to pick up some new ink can get their artistic fill with prints, patches, stickers, t-shirts, and more...the merch to be had is overwhelming, and awe-inspiring.
There are also a bunch of cool contests and workshops that the San Diego team has set up. André Malcolm of Sri Yantra is teaching a class on the Principles of Dragon Design...something that many artists of various styles could totally use or be interested in. As for contests, you can look forward to seeing the best leg tattoos, best back pieces, and many more categories. They’ll even have a best of the day, so make sure you sign up to show off your new tattoo!
With the help of Bill Canales, and all the others who put on the San Diego Tattoo Invitational, the tattoo industry is becoming an inclusive, empowering place where everyone can find something that suits their needs. With this many artists committed to giving you the best tattoos as possible we know, for a fact, that you’ll enjoy yourself so much that this will be an annual visit.