The Australian Tattoo Expo is returning to Melbourne, bringing over 300 of the most talented tattoo artists in the country together under one roof for a massive weekend of art, tattoo culture and entertainment.
Held annually in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, the Melbourne leg of the Australian Tattoo Expo tour will see the grand final of the Australian Tattoo Series, a tattoo competition which sees artists battling it out for points across the year to come out on top and win a the title and a cool $10,000 cash prize. The tattoo competitions run daily, with different categories across the three-day event, ranging from Best Traditional to Best Realism and everything in between.
Artists will be travelling from far and wide to showcase their work, including featured artists, Sara Fabel from the US, and Cristian 'Kasasink' Casas from Switzerland, plus local legends Talulah Bear from Perth and Melbourne's own, Kristian Kimonides.
Artists and retailers will be selling art prints, streetwear, jewellery, skin care products and even taxidermied oddities, so punters can get a head start on their Christmas shopping. Hosted by Chasing Ghosts frontman, Jimmy Kyle, the event will also feature daily stage shows from the Coney Island Freakshow, who will wow audiences with their circus and aerial acts. The Sh!ttest Tattoo Competition will make its welcome return to the stage, giving the public the opportunity to show off their ink that seemed like a good idea at the time - don't be shy! You might just win something.
With so much to see and do, you don't want to miss out on this huge celebration of all things art and tattoo culture.