I’ll ‘ink’ to that!
Organisers have confirmed they will return bigger and better next year after hundreds of tattoo enthusiasts met to compare and create body art at a convention in Blackpool.
Designers and wearers from the UK and abroad met at the Norbreck Castle Hotel for Tatcon, which ran from Friday to yesterday, to show off their human canvases.
Organiser Pat Deakin has vowed to make next year’s event, which is scheduled to take place over the same weekend next year, a big success.
He said: “We’ve had some amazing tattooists here and some amazing work being done.
“We didn’t quite get as many in as we wanted to but the general feedback is that people want us to come back next year.”
Around 52 stallholders from as far afield as London, Portsmouth and Germany descended on the hotel – with live music every night to add to the atmosphere.
Pat believes the appetite for body art is becoming more apparent, adding: “People have tattoos and they’re art.
“They’re not brain dead thugs these days and it’s becoming more mainstream.”
Bob O’Brien, 40, from Peel, was among those attending.
He said: “I’m over the moon that something like this has come to Blackpool.
“The standard of tattooing is getting higher and it’s absolutely great.”
Ross Seed, who works at the Tat Cave, on Dickson Road, North Shore, was among 52 artists with stalls at the convention.
He said: “The competition’s good. We work with other people and bounce ideas off each other.”
Visitor Ralph Yardley, 61, from Cambuslang, near Glasgow, said: “I just enjoy it because you get meet like-minded people.
“You get entertainment and some new ink if you’re up for it.”