If you’re a tattoo enthusiast near the City of Love then you’re in for a treat this weekend. The 7th Le Mondial du Tatouage Convention is about to start, and it’s sure to be one of the most entertaining body art extravaganzas of the year. The event will last three days, March 3-5, and more than 400 tattoo artists are slated to attend. The turnouts for this convention are crazy. It draws over 35,000 visitors every year, and each night ends up being as much of a party as a gathering of tattooists and connoisseurs of the art form.
The convention will take place at the beautiful La Grande Halle de La Villette, which is located on Place de la Fontaine aux Lions within the Parc de la Villette, close to the heart of the city. It is a stunning building (which used to be a slaughterhouse, believe it or not) with ample space, intriguing architecture, and luxurious furnishings.
Some of our favorite tattooists from around the globe will be at the convention, including Carlos Torres, Claudia de Sabe, Flo Nuttall, Mike Rubendall, Nissaco, Stewart Robson, and Valerie Vargas, just to name a few. A jury of legendary figures from the industry — Filip Leu, Bill Salmon, Luke Atkinson, and Kari Barba — will be judging work in a number of styles, and the winners in each category will walk away with “bell trophies” made by French tattoo machine builders Bruno “Sailor” Kea and Mademoiselle A Les Nerfs.
Aside from all the excellent body art, there will also be a few exhibitions. The experimental installation artist Nonotak will be debuting his newest project, “Signals,” in which he uses different lighting effects and scaffolding to create a visually stunning and immersive experience. Kintaro Publishing, which produces books that specialize in urban art and counterculture with a focus on body art, will be showcasing some of their newest titles. Several Fender Stratocasters painted by world-class tattooists will also be on display.
As if all of this were not enough, there will also be nightly musical performances by Madball, Carpenter Brut, The Spirit of the Clan, “Reflections” by Takami Nakamoto and Sebastien Benoits, and Theo Lawrence and the Hearts.
Tickets for Le Mondial Du Tatouage Convention are 32€ for Friday and Saturday, and only 25€ for Sunday. If you plan on attending all three days, you can get a weekend pass for 60€. It’s only 20€ per day for minors. You can even save a bit of money if you pre-order online. The address of La Grande Halle de La Villette is 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès. To see some of the work by artists who will be in attendance, check out the convention's Instagram. Also, to wet your appetite, check out the footage of Nonotak's exhibition above.