Thousands of people are expected to flock to Blackpool this weekend as the resort hosts a major tattoo convention.
Starting today and spreading over the bank holiday weekend, the Tatcon show will be at the Norcalympia, Norbreck Castle, and is aimed at residents and tourists who are expected to travel from as far away as Europe.
Pat Deakin, organiser from Norbreck Castle, say they are expecting thousands of people to attend.
Pat said: “Manchester brought 8,000 people into their convention and this is what we want to do, bring people in from across the country and Europe.
“We are showcasing perfect tattooing, it is becoming fashionable even though some people might disagree it is happening.
“In Blackpool there are 40 tattoo studios, and I was spoilt for choice.
“I hope this convention is a success, and becomes an annual thing. Eventually I would like to rival Liverpool and Manchester.
“I hope the public show their support for the range of art we will be exhibiting over these days.”
Tattooists showcasing at the event were selected through a Dragon’s Den process, by sending their best work in and from there artists were selected.
Joining the line of ink will also be the country’s best piercing ‘Mac Doctor-Evil McCarthy’, demonstrating his
talent as well as giving a seminar on piercing aspects.
If body modification is not for you, then there will be live music and trade stalls ranging from taxidermy to trinkets.
The live music will showcase a variety of genres, from bands such as Bloody Bones and The Full Fat Boogie Band.
To top it off, daredevil Johnny Strange, a multiple Guinness World Record Holder, will be performing daring stunts and comedy to wrap upthe nights.
Tickets are available for the show, which runs from today until Monday.
Advance price tickets are available through the website. Weekend passes start at £17.50, VIP upgrade £5, day pass £8.50.
Go to www.tatconblackpool.co.uk/tickets.html.
On the door tickets are weekend pass (to include Friday and Monday) £25.00, day pass £10.