Tattoo Festival - what happens behind the scenes or why do masters flock once a year?

Have you ever wondered how masters of pain and body art rest: do they have themed events or do they celebrate important events alone with their paints? We cannot speak for everyone at once, but most of tattooists are surely looking forward to attending the annual thematic festival with no less enthusiasm than the New Year's Eve. We are talking about domestic and international tattoo conventions.

Certainly each of you at least once heard about such gatherings of the painted, but few can explain in detail, what they do there. We suggest for introductory purposes to deal with this issue and get acquainted with the list of the most popular tattoo festivals in the world.

Who tattoo festivals are organized for

The art of tattooing is slowly beginning to emerge from the shadow of originality and exclusivity and is taking on a mass character. Walking around a big city with millionaires in summer you will meet at least one person with a picture on his body with 99% probability. Good or bad, we will not judge. The fact is that with increasing number of tattoo shops, masters and bearers of tattoo, increases and the number of various tattoo conventions as abroad and within Russia.

When was the first such event was organized, it is difficult to say (tentatively 1978 - Texas). It is now they have become a big scale, well advertised, sponsored, and the entrance to them costs money. But no one has ever prevented masters from gathering in a less formal setting, sharing their experiences and holding so-called competitions of works among their own.

First of all, due to ignorance the question arises in the head: "Can a person who is not directly related to the art of tattooing come to such an event? No problem! This is a festival, not a closed party. In general, the convention brings together several types of participants:

  • Non-tattoos. These are the people without tattoos, who are interested to get acquainted with this type of art. At the event, they will be able to see all the stages of their creation: how the masters draw sketches, translate them onto the skin, and "nail" the paint. There will also be throngs of cardinally "hammered" individuals around, who can be viewed as an exhibit in an art gallery.
  • Expectations. The tattoo bearers themselves, who come to the festival to get acquainted with new styles for them, to get to know the famous masters, just to have a cool time. Some of them there also act as a model for their master and get another drawing on the skin.
  • Masters. The ones for whom all the hype is originally created. They share their experiences with each other, present their work, get useful stuff, participate in contests and just have fun among their peers.
  • Jury. Masters, in an objective opinion reached the heights in their business, which would allow them to judge the work of other colleagues in the shop.

Besides the enumerated categories at fests there are representatives of profile stores, exhibiting tattoo stuff and other goods of related subjects. As well as musicians, models, bikers and other guys involved in the entertainment program.


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What Tattoo Conventions and Small Theme Fests Do

A festival can be hosted by anyone from a big tattoo stiff or industry-specialty company to an enthusiast who's fired up about the idea. The only question will be if a newcomer to the field will be able to attract distinguished masters in the jury and a large number of tattooists to participate.

There is no normative legal acts or really existing Guild of tattooists. Therefore, the organization of the event, evaluation of works and issuing of "regalia" takes place solely on the subjective perception of the ringleader who started it all and the assessment of the invited judges.

Fests usually last for one to three days. It is clear that all such gatherings revolve around the subject of tattoos, so they are engaged in everything that can be associated with body art:

  • they have battles among their sketches;
  • exhibit for the general competition ready work on the models (for an objective approach the jury does not know, whose art evaluates, because the names of artists secrecy before the announcement of results and awards);
  • demonstrate their skills to a large audience, holding another tattoo session right in the festival area;
  • "bisons" of tattooing share their skills with beginners and just interested artists;
  • sell and buy all kinds of goods, directly or indirectly related to the art of tattooing.

A well-organized festival is a very soulful place. Tattoo artists gather here not as competitors, but as friendly comrades. They meet old acquaintances, share experiences, socialize, and work to promote themselves. In many cases, the buzz of the machines is accompanied by fun events with musicians, custom clothing stores, stickers, cool equipment, and other craftsmen's gadgets.

The annual festivals serve as something of a wrap-up. There you will see not only long-known and popular styles, but also a variety of experiments of bold pioneers.

Russian Stars

Within the frames of the lecture program the professional secrets will be shared by Dmitry Troshintattoo artist and photographer. Dmitry currently lives and works in the U.S., leading training courses and testing prototype tattoo equipment. At the festival Dmitry will give a six-hour master class.

MMTC organizing team consists only of professionals:

Alexander Kukinov - organizer and master of tattooing. His theme is heroic and epic: dragons, eagles, torches, daggers. The performance style is old-school and neotraditional.

Pavel Angel Arefiev- Organizer and founder of MMTC, owner of Angel, the oldest tattoo studio in Moscow. He is famous for his tattoos "stone skin" (stone skin).

We recommend you pay attention to the studio GangstasParadise (Moscow) и NoNameTattooShop . (St. Petersburg), gathered in their walls of the strongest tattoo artists.

Popular festivals in the world and tattoo events in Russia in 2021

The most popular tattoo festivals in the world are held outside Russia, namely:

  • USA (NewYork Tattoo Convention) - The most famous and oldest convention, which has already existed for 17 years.
  • United Kingdom (London Tattoo Convention) - One of the largest. It has been in existence for 11 years and provides the opportunity to get acquainted with absolutely all the styles that are represented by the masters today, in their best execution.
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam Tattoo, Art and Street Art Convention) - A festival that brings together people whose lifestyles involve tattoos. Paintings, sculptures, graffiti and other art forms are also represented.

They are all attractive and original in their own way. But Russian festivals are trying to keep up with them in scope and at the highest level embody the idea of tattoo art. If you are interested in the subject and would like to visit the upcoming convention in Russia, here is a current list of upcoming major events in 2021 (Moscow and St. Petersburg):

9th International Moscow Tattoo Convention.

2, 3, 4 June 2021 in Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre, pavilion 4.

15th St. Petersburg Tattoo Festival

9, 10, 11 June 2021, location to be specified

Moscow Tattoo-Festival

31 March, 1, 2 April 2021 at 36 Krasnoproletarskaya str.

Siberian Tattoo Festival

From August 18 to 20, 2021 in the SC "North", located in Sosnovy Bor, 61 Uchitelskaya St.


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